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Tree Shapes and Form

Trees can be purchased in various size and shapes, referred to as forms. Photinia for example can be gown as a multi-stem hedge, ornamental 1/4 standard tree, a pleached tree for screening or in standard form it will mature into a large beautiful centre piece.


Trees of ‘Standard’ form have a straight, single trunk cleared of branches up to approximately 1.8m. For your tree to mature into the perfect standard form make sure you select a tree with a sturdy straight stem, it should be supplied in a sizeable pot.


1/2 standard trees have a single central trunk cleared of branches up to approximately 1.2 – 1.5 meters from the base of the tree. A very attractive classic looking tree shape.

Quarter standard

1/4 standard trees are highly decorative, with the single, central trunk cleared of branches up to approximately 1 meter from the base of the tree.


A tree with a single straight trunk with lateral branches extending from the base all the way up.


A single plant, with a number of stems growing from a single trunk near the ground.

Pleached Tree

‘Pleached’ refers to a tree with a straight stem and typically a flat panel on top, with the flexible shoots trained onto a frame. Commonly used for creating a narrow screen above a fence or garden wall. It can also be used for creating shade and is often used as part of creative garden design. Tress can also be pleached into other shapes, such as boxes, umbrella, spheres etc.

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Shopping online

You can buy trees, hedging, shrubs and topiary online by browsing our website.
If you do not see a plant or size that is suitable for you then please call as we stock a wide variety of plants in our tree nursery. It’s worth noting that many other websites sell other people’s stock (i.e. they act as an agent) so you cannot view the products at their own site. At King & Co, all of our advertised plants are available for viewing at our tree nursery in Rayne, near Braintree, situated just over an hours drive out of London.

Our knowledgeable and experienced tree nursery staff are always contactable via phone on 01376 340469 or if you have any questions regarding any of our trees or accessories.

If you cannot see what you require on our website, please complete the enquiry form. We will give it our urgent attention and will get back to you shortly with a solution that meets your needs.


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