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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 9:09 am 
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Do you have any suggestions for the best trees to use in the Dallas area for pleaching or stilted hedges e.g., the art of training trees into a raised hedge? In England/France the recommended trees are Lindens, Limewoods and Hornbeams. Would Bradford Pears work?


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 2:19 pm 
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Bradford Pears do not live very long.

http://www.dirtdoctor.com/view_question.php?id=1154 Note that the western type is best. We have one in our yard that my husband and his brother took the lower branches off years ago. They didn't know any better. They cut them close to the trunk, but the holes that resulted are not real noticeable due to the nature of the bark. Currently, the lowest branches are about 7 feet from the ground. It's about 35 + feet tall.

I regret that I have nothing more to add. I am not familiar with such a thing. You might give the Dallas Arboretum a call.

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