Part of speech: verb
Origin: Late Middle English, 15th century
Entwine or interlace (tree branches) to form a hedge or provide cover for an outdoor walkway.
Examples of Pleach in a sentence
"If you want to pleach your trees, winter is the best time."
"The trees were pleached to create a romantic walkway in the garden."
Popularity Over Time
“Pleach” comes from the Old French verb “plaissier” which is based on the Latin verb “plectere,” meaning “to plait.”
Did you Know?
“Pleach” refers specifically to tree branches. The most used tree for pleached walkways is the Tilia (lime) tree. Trees are planted in lines and the branches are woven together to strengthen and fill the structure. This type of gardening originated in late medieval times and was popular practice until the early 18th century.