The old fashioned form of Tree 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 Pleach your Trees?
You don't need to be traditional as such with the intertwining but you can create a pleached effect very easily by removing the lower branches on your hedges to make them look more like trees, this is also commonly known as 'Clear Trunking'. Make sure your trees have straight trunks first. In effect you will create a hedge on the top with the foliage that remains and clear single trunks below.
You can also do this with screening trees. You wont create a hedge as such on top but a lovely effect.
Clear trunking your trees has the advantage of creating space underneath the trees to enable additional planting of low shrubs, ground-covers or grasses.
You can also add in some lighting underneath for a fabulous visual effect.
**If you wish to purchase trees from us to create your pleached or clear trunked effect please be sure to let us know when you order that you have this intention and we can specifically ask that the trees that are picked have straight trunks for this purpose.
What trees are best to create a Pleaching effect?
Bamboo - Bambusa textilis gracilis
Ficus hillii 'Flash - Ficus roots can be evasive but it is said that pleaching keeps the roots under control
Lilly Pillys Acmena or Syzygium
Tristaniopsis laurina 'Luscious'
Ornamental Pears - Pyrus varieties
Fruit Trees - Tilia Lime, Apple & Pear
Evergreen Magnolias, Magnolia grandiflora varieties such as 'Little Gem'
OR basically any tree that has a straight main trunk