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.
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’ 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.