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Pleaching Trees - What's It All About?

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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 shrubs to make them look more like trees; in effect you will create a hedge on the top with the foliage that remains and clear single trunks below.  This has the advantage of creating space underneath enabling additional planting of low shrubs, ground-covers or grasses.  You can also add in some lighting underneath for a fabulous visual effect.

 

What trees are best for Pleaching?

Bamboo - Bambusa textilis gracilis

Ficus hillii 'Flash - Ficus roots can be evasive but it is said that pleaching keeps the roots under control

Ornamental Pears - Pyrus varieties

Fruit Trees - Tilia Lime, Apple & Pear

Evergreen Magnolias, Magnolia grandiflora varieties such as 'Little Gem'

Lilly Pillys such as Acmena or Syzygium

 

Latest update: 07/08/2020
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