I know … it kinda sounds like a devious something or other – or an injection you get from an evil looking nurse with a foot long syringe – eeek ….
Enough of that – Its not !( phew ) – it’s when trunks or branches (sometimes roots) grow together and bond or merge into each other. This biological oddity is actually used as the basis for the process of grafting – it is less common in nature.
Aside from grafting, the most widely used form in ornamental horticulture is in the merging of fruit trees to produce Belgian Fences as well as in Pleaching of trees to form a large hedge.
At Plant Specialists, our Landscape Design team has used both of these inosculated plants in gardens. They are a magnificent addition and a significant point of conversation for any garden. Our Garden Care team of horticulturists have worked on many of these examples in gardens and are well trained in their special pruning needs.
The grafting of branches together has also led many horticulturists to become sculptors !!! Botanical artists have been using live trees to form fantasy shapes and figures in nature since the mid 1700’s. Its called Arborsculpture.
My favorites (1) Axel Erlandson https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Axel_Erlandson – see his basket tree below !
And (2) Richard Reams http://www.arborsmith.com/
Inosculation Rules !!!
This article was put together by Peter Morris – our in house Horticulturalist