This species is probably the most commonly used species for hedging. After a few years of good growth and expertly layered, it becomes completely stock proof to sheep and small animals without the need for fencing. If managed to grow into a tall hedge it creates the best natural shelter for animals. If left to grow naturally as a single tree it will grow around 5 meters high and produce a wonderful blossom in the spring, usually white but if you are lucky sometimes red. Grows in any reasonable soil.