Pleached Trees

Pleached trees can provide height, privacy and style without taking up too much space. The trees are trained to provide screens of foliage from tall, core stems and can be supplied to fit your garden’s requirements. Evergreen varieties may suit for year-round privacy e.g Cherry Laurel, Photinia Red Robin, Evergreen Oak;  alternatively we have stunning deciduous trees with Hornbeam being the classic choice along with Beech or Lime.

We provide our Pleached Hornbeam in 2 metre wide panels with different start heights from the ground. A typical use of pleached trees is to heighten existing walls for increased privacy. This offers both an aesthetically pleasing, and often less expensive alternative to increasing wall height. Alternatively, we can provide a younger plant for you to pleach; not as difficult as may seem! Please call 01993 850 979 to discuss in greater detail & order (you will need to know the number of metres along with start height of the lowest branchs).

Pleached Trees FAQs

  • What is pleaching?

Pleaching is a landscaping technique that involves planting a row of trees, usually in a straight line, and weaving the branches together along a support framework to produce attractive living fences.

  • What are the benefits of pleached hedges?

As pleached hedges are reasonably robust, they offer the same benefits as a tall stone or wooden fence would, such as providing privacy, acting as a windbreak, and creating a sound barrier. 

  • What are the best trees for pleaching?

Although most trees used for pleaching are deciduous, with common lime being the traditional choice, if you opt for evergreen trees they will provide cover all year round. Photinia shrubs are a popular choice for an evergreen hedge due to their striking red colour which looks stunning, particularly in spring. A cherry laurel is another evergreen option to consider if you’d prefer a pleached hedge with bright green, shiny leaves. Hornbeam or beech trees are also a strong choice as although they are not evergreen, they will retain their dead brown leaves throughout most of winter.

  • What’s the process?

Assuming you’d like to grow your own pleached hedge from scratch however, here’s what you’ve got to do:

  1. Plant your trees in holes that are double the size of their root balls, and between 4-8ft apart. Surround them with plenty of compost.
  2. Create a support framework of stakes alongside each tree trunk, with wires leading between trees to encourage.
  3. During growing season, weave together the lateral branches with those of the trees on either side and tie in new growths to the framework with string.
  4. Any shoots that grow outwards in the direction you don’t want should be pruned back.
  5. Pinch out leading growths to encourage bushiness.
  6. In December, cut back the new growth into the shape that you want, and loosen any ties which have become too tight.
  7. A second yearly pruning should also be done in June or July to keep the trees looking neat all summer.
Hornbeam Hedge