Tree Shaping

Achieving The Perfect Design

EC Tree Service, Inc. can shape, re-shape or maintain the shape of all your trees and shrubs that are unique to the San Francisco Peninsula. Our experts know how to properly prune and maintain a healthy balance in our California central coast environment.

Tree shaping (also known as pooktre, arborsculpture, tree training, and by several other alternative names) is the practice of training living trees and other woody plants into artistic shapes and useful structures.

There are a few different methods of achieving a shaped tree, which share a common heritage with other artistic horticultural and agricultural practices, such as pleaching, bonsai, espalier, and topiary, and employing some similar techniques. Most artists use grafting to deliberately induce the inosculation of living trunks, branches, and roots, into artistic designs or functional structures.

Tree shaping has been practiced for at least several hundred years, as demonstrated by the living root bridges built and maintained by the Khasi people of India. Early 20th century practitioners and artisans included banker John Krubsack, Axel Erlandson with his famous circus trees, and landscape engineer Arthur Wiechula. Contemporary designers include “Pooktre” artists Peter Cook and Becky Northey, “arborsculpture” artist Richard Reames, and furniture designer Dr. Christopher Cattle, who grows “grownup furniture”.

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