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Tree Shaping by the Coquitlam Arborists from Tree Works

Tree shaping techniques are used artfully to add curb appeal or even change the entire look of a home or business. Tree shaping in Coquitlam can make your home or business’s landscaping inviting, welcoming, and intriguing – bringing you attention from passersby! Tree shaping goes beyond snipping a few wayward branches here and there, though. Proper tree shaping is derived from an artistic beginning.

Tree shaping originated as an art form in which artists would use trees or other plants to create structures. This process and art form has been around for centuries - the earliest known example of tree shaping lies in the living root bridges in India. When you see and experience the intricate designs and abilities of tree shaping professionals, you begin to understand the patience necessary to create such beautiful, intricate designs with trees and other woody plants.


Popular Tree Shaping Techniques
At Tree Works, we pride ourselves on knowing trees inside and out! We are well-versed in all kinds of tree care and tree shaping techniques in Coquitlam. We can offer:

  • Grafting: This is a process used to fuse multiple plants together. When grafting, a branch is cut open and a piece of another type of plant is inserted and held in place. Grafting created connections and joints between separate plants that are meant to be permanent. 
  • Framing: Framing is used to encourage trees to grow in certain patterns or shapes. If an arborist wants a tree to grow into a winding or complex design, a frame must be used until the tree gives in. Once the tree’s tissues have succumbed to the bend or design, the framing can be removed. Framing is also commonly used to support young trees or saplings until they are strong enough to grow on their own.
  • Pruning: This is perhaps the most common technique used to achieve a specific tree design. Pruning is used to create specific designs by directing growth in certain ways and it may also be used to keep the desired design free from wayward or unwanted branches. Pruning can be used to thin out and reduce the canopy. Trees that are pruned do run the risk of stunted growth or not surviving the trauma of the treatment at all. 
  • Pleaching: This process, also known as plashing, is where a mixture of dead and living branches are woven or interlaced to create arbors, tunnels, arches, and hedges. Pleaching creates a screen or hedge as it encourages young trees’ branches to grow together almost as if they were grafted.


Depending on the desired look and longevity of your tree designs, you have the option of considering instant tree shaping or gradual tree shaping. As the name suggests, instant tree shaping involves bending branches and shaping them into immediately recognizable shapes and designs. In fact, instant tree shaping can be completed within as little as an hour! Unfortunately, instant tree shaping can result in slow and uneven growth or dieback. Gradual tree shaping is a process that encourages the tree to grow at its own pace but in a particular path. Gradual tree shaping does not stress the tree and the tree will continue to grow evenly. If you don’t have 5-20 minutes free per day to check on your tree, gradual tree shaping may not be the right path for you.

Lacking a green thumb? Luckily for you, the professional arborists at Tree Works would love to help!

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