The dark-green, glossy foliage of this evergreen oak is similar to that of a holly tree, hence the common name Holly oak (or Holm oak). The spiny, evergreen leaves provide a brilliant plain foil for other plants. Young green autumn acorns mature to a dark-red before falling and are popular with wildlife such as squirrels. The spring catkins are visited by bees and the evergreen canopy provides shelter to birds.
In this pleached form it is ideal for year-round screening and creating privacy. Quercus ilex will tolerate an exposed coastal or inland position, making it particularly good as a windbreak for coastal gardens (tolerant of salt-spray) on any, but very wet soils.
Our pleached trees have been carefully and expertly trained over a number of years to create beautiful screening trees. The grand looking trees produced by this method of training are sometimes known as hedging in the sky or stilt hedging.
This pleached Evergreen Oak has an approximate overall width of 1.8m and height of 3.2m . If you can't find the size you're looking for, please give us a call on 01943 660870.
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AKA Evergreen oak, Holly oak, Holly-leaved oak, Holm oak
Delivery of Pleached Trees
We are experienced in delivering pleached trees and understand the importance of getting these quality specimens to our customers in a timely fashion. It is important to understand that our pleached trees require a certain amount of help once they arrive on site. We recommend that for the smaller units, 2 able people will be needed and for the mature, heavier units (including boxheads) 4 people or appropriate machinery will be required.
Our Sales and Service team are on hand to discuss access requirements and arrange a convenient delivery time. Please call them on 01943 660870.
When planting oak trees, such as the Evergreen Oak tree, it is important to prepare the planting area well. Firstly, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole then dig a hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. We recommend digging a square hole as this encourages the roots to grow straight as opposed to around inside the hole. To help your tree establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown trees), especially if you have poor soil. Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole.
Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree as this can cause problems.
If you’re planting in dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. The same goes for spring and summer planting. Make sure to keep an eye on your young tree and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. We also stock a range of irrigation kits, suitable for a variety of planting schemes.
Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. Using a glyphosate based weed killer or installing mulch matting and bark chips will aid in this. Do not simply mow the grass around the area as this will only encourage it to grow more vigorously. If you know your area is prone to rabbits, we would advise using a rabbit guard.
Formative pruning has already been carefully and expertly carried out on all our pleached trees. Oak trees develop a well-balanced canopy with little help from us, so you will just need to carry out maintenance pruning going forwards. This involves pruning to maintain the shape of the tree and also removing any diseased or damaged branches.
The bamboo frame that comes on the tree can be cut off when the pleached tree is mature enough.
Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team, with many despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours (please allow up to 10 days). There's no need to be in to receive your trees and you can request where they are left via the checkout.
There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date and whether the delivery driver needs assistance.
Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.
Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees. For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.
1 small tree (most trees with a height under 1.5 metres) : £7.95 + vat
1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat
2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat
1-4 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat
Mature, pleached or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy additional trees with no increase in delivery cost.
The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.
Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.
The product table gives the sizes and forms offered for this variety, along with photos you can enlarge (these are only a guideline as all plants are unique so vary slightly). Below are definitions of various forms, which refer to the shape of the tree defined by the pruning it has received. For more information, please contact us.
Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.
Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.
Multi Stem: A multi stem tree is has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.
Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.
Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.
Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.
Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branch), which supports a branched crown. Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height.
Standard either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard 10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard 12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height
|Plant Specification||Form||Supplied Size||Root type||Price||Quantity Qty|
|Pleached Tree, 12-14cm girth||1.8m x 1.2m head, 1.8-2m clear stem, 3.2 overall height||45L pot||£389.99 (ex VAT)|