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Cloud trees are a shaped using the Japanese art of pruning a plant in cloud formations.
Special focal point
This oriental method of pruning trees puts emphasis on the plant's form and branch structure. The stems provide as much attention to the eye in cloud pruning as the foliage pads. These superb and very unusual trees are ideal if you are looking for something out of the ordinary in landscaping as they are ideal to create a very special focal point within the garden.
Rounded Shapes or Clouds
A selection of trees and shrubs can be used to create this art with the plants been pruned to reveal the stems, the remaining foliage is then sculpted into rounded shapes or clouds. This method of pruning should not be confused with bonsai, where plants are grown in pots and trained from a young age. But you could be forgiven for thinking this as the style can make them look very much like “big bonsai”.
Ilex Crenata "Kinme” or Japanese holly is ideal for this style of pruning as this variety is very slow growing. These beautifully shaped graceful works of art are not commonly found in the UK. They are native and normally styled in Japan, Taiwan and East China and then mostly imported via Italy.
The larger trees, can take many, many years to create, but are surprisingly easy to look after. They can be grown in large containers or planted directly into well prepared well drained soil. They can be planted in full sun or partial shade.
Other Cloud Trees
Plants available as cloud pruned specimens include Ilex Crenata, (Japanese holly), Buxus (box), Taxus (yew) and Pinus (pine). Deciduous trees can also be used with Carpinus (hornbeam) beign especially good.
Supply Of cloud Trees
At Taylor Made Gardens have extensive experience in importing and caring for these beautiful trees and we have very good established relationships with specialist growers and importers all over Europe.
We will hand-select all trees and will email you pictures for you to make you own choice with our advice. The age and value of these magnificent plants makes this a very important decision and this is best way of ensuring you will know exactly what will be delivered to your home.
Not Sure What Type Of Cloud Tree You Want?
If you are not sure what shape or size you are looking for then please view the gallery. You will probably find you will become as passionate about them as we are so feel free to ask any questions you may have on cloud trees.