Pleaching Trees for Size control and Fruiting

This one is just a short walk around video showing some trees I've been twisting together to keep them out to of the way.  The technique is called pleaching and the possibilities are intriguing.  My friends at The Apple Farm in Philo California used it to build a living shade arbor with mulberry trees over a patio.  Eventually the branches from strong grafts.  Another friend, Mollyanne Meyn uses it and also tying the branches down to form a cool Tim Burton-esque row of Pink Pearl apple trees.  So cool! More pics of Mollyanne's tree below.

Pictures of Mollyanne's tree, Mira Exterior Design  Most of the tree was actually formed by tying down the branches which grew together to form grafts.  Lately more of the branches are pleached.

originally they trees were just tree prunings stuck in the ground for a bean trellis which rooted and grew.

Posted on April 16, 2016 .