Beech is a very traditional hedge which clips well. It prefers well drained situations and thrives on chalky soils. Beech does not like heavy clay soils that are prone to waterlogging for which hornbeam is far better suited. The new green leaves on a beech hedge herald the start of spring and although the leaves die in winter they remain a golden brown on the hedge for most of the winter giving a seasonal change as well as helping to maintain privacy.