One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[with object]usually as adjective pleached
Entwine or interlace (tree branches) to form a hedge or provide cover for an outdoor walkway.‘an avenue of pleached limes’
wind round, twist round, coil round, wrap round, weave, intertwine, interlink, interlace, interweave, interthread, criss-cross, entangle, tangleView synonyms
- ‘If space is really a problem, consider pleaching a pear tree against a south facing wall.’
- ‘There are pleached trees laden with apples and a huge fig tree drips with almost-ripe fruit.’
- ‘An avenue of pleached limes has the lowest branches springing out from the main stem a good 2m from the ground, allowing a clear view through the young trunks.’
- ‘You also might want to experiment with some specialized design techniques, such as using pruning to create a pleached tunnel of ironwood trees or a living fence of espalier currants.’
- ‘In Ireland, don't even think about growing it unless you live in one of those hot pockets warmed by the Gulf Stream, where it should do well pleached on a warm sunny wall.’
- ‘The process included grafting and pleaching, as well as other specialist techniques he called ‘trade secrets.’’
- ‘The sides of the bowl are defined with pleached linden trees and parterres of golden privet, santolina, althernanthera, Korean boxwood and red-leaf Japanese barberry with begonias, lantanas, fucshia and cone-shaped yew topiary.’
Late Middle English: from an Old French variant of plaissier (see plash).
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