Do Topiary Trees Need Sunlight?

Do Topiary Trees Need Sunlight?

Topiary is the art of training evergreen shrubs and trees into intricate or stylised shapes and forms. If you’re new to topiaries and want to know more about them before you buy, you’ve come to the right place. We’re one of the largest sellers of topiary and olive trees in the UK.

One of the questions we’re frequently asked is whether topiary trees need sunlight or whether they can survive in cloudier climes. Find out everything you need to know about the optimum weather and temperature conditions that topiary trees need to survive.

After all, you want these trees to look the part, and a stylised topiary with brown, yellow or falling leaves will look rather out of place. To keep your garden on top form so you and your guests can enjoy the views all your round, read this guide.

Do topiary trees grow in shade?

Topiary trees generally require around 4–6 hours of full or partial sunlight and are not shade-loving plants. They prefer full to partial sun, and will defoliate if brought inside or planted in the shade.

Does that mean they aren’t suitable for gardens in cloudier parts of the UK? Topiary trees have been used historically in many different European gardening styles, meaning they’re more than suitable for gardens in the UK.

Topiary trees are generally hardy and can survive in a range of temperatures, but some precautions may be necessary during winter. When temperatures drop below freezing, they should be covered with a horticultural fleece or placed in a greenhouse to avoid damage.

What trees are used for topiary?

Topiary trees come in various varieties, with some of the most popular including:

These trees are chosen for their ability to be stylised into different shapes such as balls, cones and spirals.

The specific watering and temperature needs may vary based on the type of topiary and the local climate, so it’s recommended to follow the care instructions provided with the plant or consult with a gardening expert for guidance.

Find your topiary trees online at Olive Grove Oundle.

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