How To Espalier Fruit Trees

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Nearly all woody plants can be trained with this method, but popular choices are fruit trees, evergreens, vines, or shrubs.

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History

In the Middle Ages, they used it mainly inside their castle or monastery walls to border large garden spaces without interfering with their open courtyards.

Here's What You Need To Know:

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why?

It is both a decorative and functional technique where you can produce more fruit in a smaller footprint using microclimates.

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Espalier Shapes

The four traditional patterns used within this technique are Cordon, Fan, Candelabra, and Belgian Fence (or Lattice).

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planting

You'll need to establish a trellis, plant  6-12" away from your structure, and maintain the pruning and trellising of the tree.

Learn about how you can espalier trees in your garden.

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