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Fagus sylvatica – pleached (screening tree)

Grown on frames to achieve that unique screening effect, these trees are sold in a variety of different styles. Given the number of different options available and the time taken to grow and train these trees, they are offered as a bespoke service. Please use the button below to advise us of your requirements.

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A beautiful tree with stunning fresh lime green foliage in spring. Excellent for hedging or pleaching.  Hates badly drained  soils, heat or drought, but thrives on chalk. Crunchy leaves lovely to walk through but reluctant to rot down in compost heap. Nuts great for squirrels.


‘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.

Full Tree Specifications

Mature Size: not applicable

Flowering Period: spring

Time to maturity: these trees come trained to a specific height

Habit / Shape: pleached (screening tree)

Flower colour: green

Weather exposure: happy anywhere

Foliage colour:

  • green
  • brown
  • orange

Season of Interest:

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn

Soil Moisture:

  • moist but well-drained soil
  • well-drained soil

Soil acidity/alkalinity: happy anywhere

Bark colour:

  • silver grey bark
  • Soil Type:

    • any


    • full sun
    • partial shade


    • happy anywhere

    Tree features:

    • UK native
    • autumn leaf colour
    • attractive to wildlife

    Possible pests, diseases, problems:

    • aphids
    • beech bark scale
    • coral spot


    • anniversary
    • Christening
    • christmas
    • memorial
    • Retirement
    • wedding

    Common Name(s):

    • Beech
    • Common Beech
    • European Beech

    • Regularly tie in new growth to frame
    • Extend frame with additional bamboo canes as required
    • Prune lightly at end of summer to maintain shape
    • Regular watering is essential from Spring until Autumn
    • Check monthly that tree has not rocked
    • Loosen and re tie tree ties annually
    • Keep weed free, and mulch annually