Pleached Trees

You are thinking about making a considerable investment in your garden and you may need some help to make sure you are not going to make a blunder, so please read on.  

First thing is to consider, is what you need these big plants for and your relationship with your neighbours, and if you have them how it will be received. If you think they are going to love the idea and want to help maintain the hedge/screen then you can use pleached trees right up to the boundary and they are very good at saving space.  You can garden under them whilst blocking out a view. If you think, and it is nearly always the case, that you will be looking after them yourself you must leave room to get to the back to allow trimming.

If all you want to do is hide and help make last an ugly fence or wall you could use the wall frames.  They instantly take you out of that imprisoned feeling that 6 foot fence panels create without gobbling up 6 feet of border.

Now for planting pleached trees.  We always recommend that you use a rail and rubber pad with a belt to sit about 2/3rds of the way up the clear stem. eg; 2 metre stem, rail at 120/130cm off the floor. The rail can be secured buy 2 post. If you are in a very windy spot use a second rail midway between the top and the floor to give the plant more anchorage and reinforce the support posts. To the face of the rail you need to fix the rubber tree pads and belts to stop the rail rubbing the trunk and to strap the trunk to. (make sure the nail heads are sunk into the pad so they don't scratch at the bark). Best to do this once you have positioned the plants and it's a good idea to know where you are going to be digging the hole for the plant as you don't want to be digging where you have just banged in the posts. Some people like to leave the plants in big planters or pots, the same method of support is best used for them as well. Posts are more important to get in the right spot than the rail, as you can simply over or under lap the rail when starting the next rail. Position the plant upright and fix the pad and belt and you're all but there. Sometimes the frame incorporates the cane or post that is already in with the plant. If it's part of the structure, leave it to protect the trunk and tie it in with the trunk to your support frame.

Pleached wall frames. They hardly need any support especially if they have a wall or fence behind them.

Standard trees should be planted much the same way as the support rail method but they can be don separately with 2 posts a short rail and the same pads and belts. They look like mini rugby goals with the tree in the centre. We now supply a kit for this, but feel free to buy your own. 

Looking after them and getting them established.

For the first season you will need to tie in the branches at regular intervals to get them used to the shape of the frame and trim off spare growth you don't want. Once these branches strengthen up and you have the effect you are looking for you will be able to clip the next seasons growth a couple of times a year to keep them to the shape you desire. Feed them in the spring taking care to read the instructions on the rate of application and give them water when they need it. Obviously if they are in pots you will need to do this far more often.

The most common mistake is planting them too deep in an attempt to level the frames perfectly. Never plant any deeper than they already sit at.

Very good luck and please feel free to phone and talk before you get into any difficulty. 

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  1. Carpinus B. Pleached 10/12 Girth Full Standard 120x150cm Pre Order
    Special Price £315.00 Regular Price £350.00
    We are making some new frames in December and only have a limited number. They will be delivered or ready in January in root balled form. If you want to make sure you get them, you can buy them at a reduced extra discounted price. Only thing is, you must order and pay by the end of December. First come, first served. Learn More
  2. Carpinus B. Pleached 12/14 Girth Full Standard 120x150cm Pre Order
    Special Price £355.50 Regular Price £395.00
    We are making some new frames in December and only have a limited number. They will be delivered or ready in January in root balled form. If you want to make sure you get them, you can buy them at a reduced extra discounted price. Only thing is, you must order and pay by the end of December. First come, first served. Learn More
  3. Carpinus B. Pleached 14-16 Girth Standard 120x150 cm Frame
    £365.75
    Stem height 180/200 Girth 14/16cm Height of frame 120 X 150 cm wide Learn More
  4. Carpinus B. Pleached 14/16 Girth Full Standard 150x180cm Pre Order
    Special Price £396.00 Regular Price £440.00
    We are making some new frames in December and only have a limited number. They will be delivered or ready in January in root balled form. If you want to make sure you get them, you can buy them at a reduced extra discounted price. Only thing is, you must order and pay by the end of December. First come, first served. Learn More
  5. Carpinus B. Pleached Half Standard 20 Litre Pot
    £173.50
    Stem height 80/100cm Height of frame 120 X 100 cm wide Learn More
  6. Carpinus B. Pleached Half Standard 65 Litre Pot
    £333.50
    Stem height 65cm Height of frame 200 X 100 cm wide Learn More
  7. Carpinus B. Pleached Standard 14-16cm Girth
    £435.00
    Carpinus Betulus Pleached Tree, Height of stem 180-200cm, Girth 14/16cm, Height of frame approx. 1.5m x 1.8m wide Learn More
  8. Carpinus B. Pleached Standard 16-18cm Girth
    £475.00
    Carpinus Betulus Pleached Tree, Height of stem 180-200cm, Girth 16/18cm, Height of frame approx 1.5m x 1.8m wide Learn More
  9. Carpinus Betulus Full Standard Cube Head 150 Litre Pot
    £812.00
    Stem height 200-210cm Trunk Girth 20/25cm Cube Above 80 x 80 x 80 cm Learn More
  10. Elaeagnus Compacta Pleached 1/2 Standard Extra Wide 35 Litre
    £273.50
    80-100 cm clear stem with a 120x150cm framed head above. Ideal for tall screening above a fence with minimal width. More coverage and a stronger stem to hold it on. Learn More
  11. Elaeagnus Compacta Pleached Half Standard 20 Litre
    £200.00
    90-100 cm clear stem with a 120hx100wcm framed head above. Ideal for screening above a fence with minimal width. Learn More
  12. Elaeagnus Compacta Pleached Standard 10/12cm 30/35 Litre
    £390.00
    10/12cm Girth. 2m clear stem with a 120x150cm framed head above. Ideal for tall screening above a fence with minimal width. More coverage and a stronger stem to hold it on. Learn More
  13. Elaeagnus Compacta Pleached Standard 12/16cm Girth 50 Litre Pot
    £450.00
    12/16cm Girth. 2m clear stem with a 120x150cm framed head above. Ideal for tall screening above a fence with minimal width. More coverage and an extra heavy stem to hold it on for exposed areas. Learn More
  14. Elaeagnus Compacta Pleached Standard 7/9cm 25 Litre
    £350.00
    7/9cm Girth. 2m clear stem with a 120x120cm framed head above. Ideal for tall screening above a fence with minimal width. Better form if the site is a bit exposed with a narrower frame on a strong stem which holds it up better. Learn More
  15. Elaeagnus x ebbingei Espallier Wall Frame 25 Litre
    £124.00
    Elaeagnus x ebbingei Espallier Wall Frame - height of frame 150cm Width of frame 90cm An instant living fence panel - the ideal neighbour friendly screen Learn More
  16. Elaeagnus x ebbingei Espallier Wall Frame 50 Litre
    £320.00
    Elaeagnus x ebbingei Espallier Wall Frame - height of frame 180cm Width of frame 120cm An instant living fence panel - the ideal neighbour friendly screen Learn More
  17. Elaeagnus x Vivileg Espallier Wall Frame 55 Litre Pot 160x110
    £232.00
    Elaeagnus x Vivileg Espallier Wall Frame - height of frame 160cm Width of frame 110cm An instant living fence panel - the ideal neighbour friendly screen Learn More
  18. Ilex Crenata Green Hedge Pleached Tree
    £333.50
    Ilex Pleached tree, stem height 110cm, frame is 200cm high and 100cm wide Over 3 metre screen Learn More
  19. Ilex Nellie Pleached Stevens Full Standard 35 Litre Pot
    £362.50
    Bushy female shrub covered with scarlet berries all Winter. Pop in a male form or as long as there are other hollies locally they will be wreathed in fruit. Stem height 180m with a specimen frame of 120x120cm Learn More
  20. Liquidambar s. Gumball Standard Cube Head 110 Litre Pot
    £860.00
    Heavy standard trunk of 20/25 cm girth 200/210 cm straight with a cube formed head above 80 x 80 x 80 cm Learn More
  21. Magnolia Grandiflora Pleached Full Standard 70Litre Pot
    £640.00
    Bears cup shaped, highly scented of lemon, creamy white flowers from July to September. Stem 210/220cm Girth 12/14cm Frame is 120cm high and 150cm wide Learn More
  22. Magnolia Grandiflora Wall Frame 65 Litre Pot 160x110
    £325.00
    Bears cup shaped, highly scented of lemon, creamy white flowers from July to September. Screen next door whilst losing the minimum of garden Frame is 160high and 110cm wide Learn More
  23. Photinia Red Robin 1/2 Std Pleached frame 120x120
    £261.50
    This plant has been formed like a living panel. The idea is that, without taking up too much border, you can screen between you and a neighbour. Stem height 120cm, height of frame 120cm x width of frame 120cm Learn More
  24. Photinia Red Robin 1/2 Std Pleached frame 25 Litre Pot
    £171.00
    This plant has been formed like a living panel. The idea is that, without taking up too much border, you can screen between you and a neighbour. Stem height 80-90cm, height of frame 120cm x width of frame 100cm Learn More
  25. Photinia Red Robin 1/2 Std Pleached frame 50/70 Litre Pot 120x150
    £265.00
    This plant has been formed like a living panel. The idea is that, without taking up too much border, you can screen between you and a neighbour. The frames are aprox 120 high and 150cm wide on top of an 80cm clear stem. Learn More
  26. Photinia Red Robin 3/4 Std Pleached 35 Litre G10/12 120x150
    £285.00
    A 150/160cm clear stem. Frame is 120cm high and 150cm wide, Girth 10/12cm Learn More
  27. Photinia Red Robin Pleached 3/4 Std 120x120
    £261.50
    A 150cm clear stem. Frame is 120cm high and 120cm wide Learn More
  28. Photinia Red Robin Pleached 3/4 Std 35 Litre Pot 10-12cm Girth
    £300.00
    A 150cm clear stem. Girth of stem 10/12cm. Frame is 120cm high and 150cm wide Learn More
  29. Photinia Red Robin Pleached 3/4 Std 50 Litre Pot G12/14
    £360.00
    A 165cm clear stem. Girth of stem 12/14cm. Frame is 120cm high and 150cm wide Learn More
  30. Photinia Red Robin Pleached Full Standard 180cm ST 120x120cm
    £287.50
    This photinia has been formed as a flat road sign like structure on top of a 1.8 metre clear stem. The frames are approx 1.2m high x 1.2m wide, Girth of stem 8/10cm Learn More
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