Box Head Trees

Box Head trees are designer cubed trees, created by training trees onto a framework over a number of years to create distinctive formal, geometric shapes. They can be used as a specimen to complement your garden, or in pairs to line a pathway , for example.  We can supply a number of these trees with clear stems of between 1.5m to 2.5m high and a stem girth of 18cm plus.

Fine Examples of Box Head Trees:

1.Carpinus betulus / Hornbeam

Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)
Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus)

Hornbeam reacts very well to regular pruning and is used to create many shapes including for Box Head trees. These trees grow well in most soils, making it a useful plant for when you have poorer conditions. It has green leaves with a distinctive corrugated surface, which turn a golden-yellow in autumn and tend to remain on the tree all winter before falling. Carpinus betulus has proved itself to be a very hardy, versatile tree.

2. Platanus acerifolia / London Plane

Platanus x acerifolia (London Plane) Box Head Tree
A line of London plane (Platanus acerifolia) box head trees

The London Plane is a tough tree has large leaves, starting green in the spring and turning to golden brown in autumn.  It has peeling bark that reveals a patchwork of green, white and cream as it matures, making it a striking feature.  Long-lived an hardy, it will thrive in most soils.

3.Quercus ilex / Holm or Evergreen Oak

Holy Oak (Quercus ilex) 20-25cm
Holy Oak (Quercus ilex) 35-40cm

This Oak tree reacts very well to regular pruning and is used to create many shapes and being evergreen makes this tree a popular choice. Leaves are leathery, shiny green and sharply serrated like the holly but older specimens often have a smooth edge. Plant Quercus ilex in any well-drained soil, sun to shade. Doesn’t like extreme cold and is best in temperate areas, especially on the coast.

4.Quercus palustris / Pin Oak or Swamp Oak (eastern North America)

Pin Oak (Quercus palustris)
Pin Oak (Quercus palustris) 40-45cm

The Pin Oak is a large deciduous tree with delicate leaves. In the autumn time, the brilliant lime green turns a beautiful range of scarlet. Quercus palustris is relatively tough, withstanding a range of soil conditions, including some limited exposure to water logging, though best on free draining, slightly acidic soil.

5.Tilia cordata / Small-leaved Lime or European Linden (central Europe)

Lime (Tilia cordata) small leaved lime 30-35cm
Lime (Tilia cordata) small leaved lime 30-35cm

These Small-leaved Lime deciduous trees have heart-shaped leaves, pale green on top, bluish underneath turning yellow to deep golden-yellow in the autumn. Tilia Cordata’s regenerate well after pruning, making them an idea Box Head Tree. Position in sun to semi-shade in all soil types. Tolerates heat, likes warmth, frost hardy and wind resistant.