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Fagus Sylvatica Pleached Beech Tree – available as root balled Fagus Sylvatica, or as it is more commonly known, European or common Beech, is a vigorous deciduous tree best known for its vibrant foliage and impressive size. This particular specimen is a Pleached Beech Tree, a trained version of the common beech tree. Pleached beech trees have high architectural value and can be used in above fence screening. The traditional style of training trees on bamboo frames to achieve a raised square crown above a clear stem trunk makes Pleached Beech Trees perfect for lining pathways and stilted hedging. Since, in most cases, pleached trees are planted en masse, we offer them as root balled trees, i.e. supplied without a pot. Root balled trees are ready for planting as soon as they are delivered. The biodegradable sack and mesh protect the root system and make for a safe and easy transplanting. Since they are not containerised, root balled plants offer great value for money. Read our blog on Pleached Tree Care & How To Plant Pleached Trees
The most attractive feature of Fagus Sylvatica Pleached tree is undoubtedly its striking foliage. The broad, elliptic leaves start out lush yellow-green in the spring, turning to warm russet tones in the fall. The trained square crown is rich and dense, providing instant privacy from neighbours or a shaded driveway. The leaves appear early on the tree and can persists well into winter, which is why this cultivar is a popular choice for pleaching.
Undemanding, Pleached Beech Trees will thrive in any well-drained soil, both in full sun and dappled shade. When it comes to planting, it should be the same process as with all root balled trees. Your tree should be planted into a hole twice larger than the roots are, thoroughly watered and enriched with compost. No need to remove the hessian sack which is biodegradable and will disintegrate naturally over time.
Native to the United Kingdom, the Fagus Sylvatica Pleached tree is fully hardy. This cultivar requires no sheltering from frost or cold winds, and it can survive even if the temperatures drop to 20 degrees below zero. Good constitution and timeless beauty earned this cultivar the prestigious Award of Garden Merit by Royal Horticultural Society.
Although it might not seem so, maintaining the polished shape of the Pleached Beech Tree is quite easy. Because of the years of training, the crown will naturally form a cube as it matures, and any unwanted shoots or new growth should be removed. Light pruning once or a twice a year will keep your tree in perfect form.