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Screening with Pleached Trees

A large amount of planting is carried out with screening in mind. Being able to control lines of sight through the garden is an effective way of enhancing it. Removing external eyesores, improving privacy or simply drawing the eye towards certain features all play a large part in creating a unique feel.

While there are many options available to you while seeking trees for screening, pleached trees are one of the more interesting solutions out there. Traditionally pleached trees were grown onto a framework of wires, allowing branches to be trained horizontally at a height. These days it’s possible to buy ‘ready-pleached trees' possessing a bamboo frame, supporting the trained branches on individual trees.

With a bare trunk of either 1.2m or 1.8m tall, the trained branches creates the appearance of an airborne hedge. Correctly implemented, pleached trees are both striking and functional in their ability to offer screening. They allow expansion of existing screens by creating a hedge exclusively above a fence or wall, while also allowing for the cultivation of elaborate natural walkways.

We have a number of options available for those of you with an interest in experimenting with pleached trees. Photinia serrulata Red Robin is an excellent evergreen option, available in our online store with a 120cm wide frame for £414.00. For a more traditional pleached tree Carpinus betulus (Hornbeam) and Tilia (Lime) trees are available, and for a flowering pleached tree consider Pyrus Chanticleer, the ornamental pear with creamy white flowers in spring and late autumn colour.

We have a number of varieties available for viewing online, and there’s more than enough to pique your interest in the field of using pleached trees for screening. They’re a unique and fulfilling style to plant, and well worth considering.

If you’re interested in purchasing pleached trees or creating them, don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or queries.

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