Espalier is fundamentally a method of growing trees by tying branches and foliage onto a flat upright frame, or against a wall or fence.

This training is carried out with a young tree when the branches are pliable. Surolus branches, or those growing in the wrong direction are pruned out.

An espalier tree is grown and planted: –

  • for ornamental effect, perhaps to line a path
  • to maximise productivity in a kitchen garden, for example, because  growing space is limited. Or to make best use of a south facing wall for growing fruit which needs warmth

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