TREE PLEACHING The old fashioned form of pleaching is super trendy again and comes from the French word 'plecher' which means to braid. It is the method of planting trees in a very straight line and overtime the branches intertwine to create a hedge but with a difference, the hedge appears to be on stilts, after the lower branches have been removed. Pleached trees can be used along fencelines, line a driveway or walkway, create a boundary and will also screen for you. How do you do it? You can create a pleached effect very easily by removing the lower foliage on your shru..