Which are the Best Topiary Trees?

Whether you are creating topiary trees from scratch or you are using a tree that has been ready trained from the nursery, you need to know which are the best trees for topiary and the easiest to shape and maintain.

Typically topiary trees are evergreen trees as they will remain a permanent feature in the garden all year round and won’t end up shedding their leaves during autumn and winter. The box tree is often used for topiary due to it’s small leaves which grow densely to create a thick tight growth when clipped.box-topiary-trees

If you are training over a frame then you will need a tree or woody shrub that will lend itself to vining but with thick dense foliage.

The yew tree can also be used as a topiary tree as it is a very structured tree – it is ideal as a garden boundary owing to its density and can be easily shaped to produce topiary designs in the garden.

See right: Hardy Buxus (Box Tree) Topiary PyramidHardy Buxus (Box Tree) Topiary Pyramid

Aside from the box tree and the yew tree you can use privet, holly and Lonicera Nitilda for topiary and hedging.

The Best Plants for Topiary

There are a few different types of plants for topiary that are most commonly used and that includes shrubs, hedges, vines and even herb bushes. The plant you choose will determine the density of your topiary and the overall look.

Topiary Shrubs

Shrubs can be trained into topiaries if they have thick, dense foliage and small leaves and that includes plants such as the boxwood, holly, laurel, and privet. If you are looking for something that will stay fairly small and compact without too much trimming then Boxwood is among the most popular, whereas Laurel and privet have larger leaves and are great for larger-scale topiaries.

Topiary Hedges

If you are being adventurous with your topiary skills, then hedges are ideal if you need are going for statuesque or geometrical shapes because of their density. Obelisks, pyramids, cylinders, spirals, and cones are all easy shapes and designs to accomplish with taller shrubs with dense leaf or needle structures and yew, hollies, and Alberta spruce are great recommendations for taller formation topiaries, with the yew being ideal owing to its naturally cylindrical shape. The hollies are very pliable and can be trimmed into almost any shape, whilst the Alberta spruce is great for creating spiral formations.


Topiary Herb Bushes

Herbs, surprisingly enough, can be used in small topiary designs and are ideal as gifts for others. Not only do these topiary plants smell fragrant, but they also tend to look more delicate and pretty. Herbs that are small and dense are particularly desirable Рwe love Rosemary, Thyme and Lavender, all of which have little flowers and a lovely pungent aroma.

Topiary Vines

Vines are incredibly flexible when used in topiary and can be used in almost any designs simple and complex. By using a frame, or in fact any shape of object you can achieve the kind of shapes that you want to achieve with vines. They will fix themselves on to almost any surface. It’s best not to choose the more invasive form of ivy instead go for the non-invasive such as the Lady Frances, Duckfoot or Gold Child.

Topiarists, whether they are professional or enthusiasts, have the incredible capability to create endless forms, shapes, designs, geometric forms, and animal figures, to just about anything they can think of. The designs and creations that can be clipped and trained using plants, trees, and hedges are endless.