Topiary, pleached and espalier trees are appearing in more and more gardens. Topiary, pleached and espalier trees traditionally protect buildings and people. As well as being functional, they are now also seen as a stylistic and ambient feature. Because of their sleek shapes, they are perfectly suited to contemporary and classic gardens. By planting them in a repetitive pattern, straight lines and frames can be created outdoors. These remain visible throughout the year. Many plants and trees have to be pruned to remain in shape, but you can also prune plants into a specific shape. A Taxus baccata is very suitable for topiary, and you can often see topiary trees in different shapes in gardens or nurseries. A Taxus is perfect for topiary and easy to prune. The more often you prune a Taxus, the denser it becomes. You can even prune the Taxus down to the old wood. It will then produce new needles from this point. Not only does the Taxus baccata remain green throughout the winter, it is also a slow grower and will therefore retain its shape for a long time. It is, of course, important to keep up with pruning if you wish to maintain the sleek shape. These shapes are also known as ‘Topiary’. You will find many shapes at our nursery, such as domes, beehives, blocks, cones, pyramids, etc. We can provide this shape in many species and sizes.