A wonderful, deciduous tree which is ideal for hedging or pleaching. The fresh green leaves emerge in spring and colour is retained throughout the summer, before the whole tree turns to golden yellow in the autumn. The leaf has a sharply double serrated edge and the leaf top tapers to a point. Catkins open in spring, followed by hop-like fruiting catkins to 8cm. The tree develops a smooth, fluted grey trunk when mature.
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.