A deciduous, native tree ideal for hedging and pleaching as tolerates pruning. The leaves have 5 blunt lobes, turning yellow or red in the autumn. Flowers are small and green, forming typical winged maple fruits. The Field Maple is relatively quick growing and deciduous, losing leaves in the winter.
A NOTE ON PLEACHED TREES
‘Pleached’ trees are effectively hedges on stilts and create a superb way to screen windows, or indeed whole gardens from neighbours or eye sores. As such they are a cost effective and very natural way of screening, being far cheaper and more instant than, say building a brick wall, which often needs planning permission.
A wide range of trees are grown as ready pleached trees, and can be evergreen or deciduous.
They are usually available in three styles:
- ‘Standard’ with a 1.8m (6’) clear stem or trunk before the trained canopy starts. Usually the canopy is a square 1.2m (4’) x 1.2m but larger ones are sometimes available.
- ‘Half standard;’ with a 0.9m (3’)-1.2m (4’) clear stem before the canopy starts.
- ‘Panel’ where the canopy is trained almost from the ground to two or even three meters in height’
With these different styles and the various species that are available, the options are numerous. But with the time taken to grow and train these trees to create ‘the instant hedge on stilts,’ sourcing the trees is offered as a bespoke service.