Trees for screening

Trees for small gardens: Fagus sylvatica Atropurpurea Group, copper beech, is a large tree, but it can be pleached to provide a screen. Tie in young stems to form a framework, then trim annually. Photo by Sarah Cuttle.

Trees for small gardens: Fagus sylvatica Atropurpurea Group, copper beech, is a large tree, but it can be pleached to provide a screen. Tie in young stems to form a framework, then trim annually. Photo by Sarah Cuttle.

Pleached Hornbeam trees - Pleaching is the weaving branches of multiple trees together for privacy, wind & sound block. Best trees for pleaching are Lindens, Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus), Beech, Apple, Pear, Hawthorn, & Carob. The American Hornbeam (Carpinus Caroliniana) is hardy and holds some of it's leaves during winter to provide a privacy screen year round. Because each tree is trained to have a single stem, there is space below a pleached hedge for other plantings (a hedge on stilts!)

Pleached Hornbeam trees - Pleaching is the weaving branches of multiple trees together for privacy, wind & sound block. Best trees for pleaching are Lindens, Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus), Beech, Apple, Pear, Hawthorn, & Carob. The American Hornbeam (Carpinus Caroliniana) is hardy and holds some of it's leaves during winter to provide a privacy screen year round. Because each tree is trained to have a single stem, there is space below a pleached hedge for other plantings (a hedge on stilts!)

A pleached beech hedge. Raising the canopy allows for underplanting and views through the stilts.

A pleached beech hedge. Raising the canopy allows for underplanting and views through the stilts.

Bamboo.planters for garage wall. make pots from concrete pavers. pinch bamboo from mum's garden.

Bamboo.planters for garage wall. make pots from concrete pavers. pinch bamboo from mum's garden.

Carpinus betulus ‘Frans Fontaine’ - Columnar Hornbeam - When young, the cultivar ‘Fran Fontaine’ is similar to ‘Fastigiata’ but was selected for its ability to retain its sleek, columnar form into maturity. Long-lived even in tough locations, it matures at 40 to 50 feet tall but spreads only about 20 feet. In ten years it seldom spreads more than 6 to 8 feet while reaching a height of 20 to 25 feet. A handsome tree, the summer foliage is a rich green becoming a gold yellow in autumn.

Carpinus betulus ‘Frans Fontaine’ - Columnar Hornbeam - When young, the cultivar ‘Fran Fontaine’ is similar to ‘Fastigiata’ but was selected for its ability to retain its sleek, columnar form into maturity. Long-lived even in tough locations, it matures at 40 to 50 feet tall but spreads only about 20 feet. In ten years it seldom spreads more than 6 to 8 feet while reaching a height of 20 to 25 feet. A handsome tree, the summer foliage is a rich green becoming a gold yellow in autumn.

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