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Pleached Evergreen Oak Tree

Pleached Quercus ilex

from From £389.99 (ex. VAT)
( £467.99 (ex. VAT) inc. VAT)

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.

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AKA Evergreen oak, Holly oak, Holly-leaved oak, Holm oak

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Pleached Evergreen Oak Tree Pleached Evergreen Oak Tree
45L pot 10-14cm girth Pleached £389.99 (ex. VAT)
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Delivery Timescales

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. Many are despatched within 24 hours of receiving the order, but please allow up to 10 working days to be on the safe side. There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached trees or trees over 2.5m in height (all trees called Standard, Premium Standard, Heavy Standard, Extra Heavy Standard, Mature Trees or Pleached) because we have to group orders together into geographic areas for a specialist haulage contractor to deliver and this takes a bit of scheduling.

Gift trees and other trees required for arrival on a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure and at no extra charge. Although we really don't like to give ourselves wriggle room (because we so rarely need it!), we do have to say that we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

The vast majority of trees are sent on a 'no signature required' basis, so there's no need to be in to receive your order. You can give us instructions on where to leave your delivery either via the checkout or send us a separate email. For some mature or pleached trees we may contact you in advance if the delivery driver needs help getting the tree/trees off the vehicle.

All trees are packed very carefully by our experienced team and delivered using couriers who've been tried and tested over many years.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre and therefore customers need to make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

Smaller trees/bushes have a delivery charge of £7.95 plus vat (excluding Highlands and Islands). Medium trees of a height of 1.5-2 metres have a delivery charge of £9.95 plus vat (excluding Highlands and Islands). Orders for multiple trees have a single delivery cost of £12.95 plus vat (excluding Highlands and Islands).

Mature trees and pleached trees are more expensive to deliver. Cost varies by postcode and is calculated in the check out process. You can buy more than one tree for the same delivery cost, so if you are purchasing a good number of trees it works out to be economical.

Highlands and Islands charges start from £29.95 plus vat and are calculated in the check out process.

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Overseas Destinations

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 and we'll see if we can find a solution.

Planting Advice for Quercus ilex Trees

When planting oak trees, such as the Evergreen Oak tree, it is important to prepare the planting area well. Pot grown oak trees can be planted at any time of the year. You will need to carry out the following to prepare your planting site.

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. To see how to use a tree stake and tie, watch our informational how to videos.

Aftercare Advice for Quercus ilex Trees

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.

Pruning Advice for Pleached Quercus ilex Trees

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.

Pleached Evergreen Oak Tree (Pleached Quercus ilex) Description

  • Common name: Evergreen oak tree
  • Ideal for: Evergreen screening and creating privacy
  • Clear stem: 2 metres
  • Season of interest: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
  • Foliage: Spiny, dark-green, evergreen leaves becoming smooth as the tree matures
  • Soil: Moist but well-drained situations (avoid wet sites) and tolerant of most soil types.
  • Position: Suitable for coastal positions

Understanding Pleached Trees

Clear stem = the bare stem or 'leg' that the pleached tree is grown on

Head = the leafy hedge screen above the clear stem

Girth = the circumference of the stem measured 1m from ground level

So, if Clear stem = 2m and Head = 1.8m x 1.2m then the total height will be 3.2m and total width 1.8m.

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.