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Beautiful Space Saving Espalier
Save space and add seasonal interest to your landscape by espaliering fruit trees or ornamental plants flat against a wall, fence, or trellis. With regular pruning you can create living art that adds flowers and fruit to the landscape.
The cordon is the most traditional design and often used to create living fences. Branches are trained to grow horizontally out from one single trunk.
The branches of a palmetto espalier are shaped into a U by training the branches up at the ends.
Fill a vertical space by training branches up and outward at a 45-degree angle to form a fan.
Consider an informal design if you want to do a bit less pruning and have an informal landscape.
Create a candelabra with several vertical branches arising from a low horizontal branch.
A Belgian fence has several V-shaped espaliers woven together to form a fence or lattice.
A bit more information: Select young plants suited to the growing conditions. Those with flexible branches like pyracantha, camellia, magnolia and many fruit trees and whose mature height matches the space will be easier to manage. You will generally need about 8 feet of linear growing space to espalier one tree.
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About Melinda Myers
Gardening expert, TV/radio host, author & columnist Melinda Myers has more than 30 years of horticulture experience and is a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine. She has written over 20 gardening books, including Can’t Miss Small Space Gardening and the Midwest Gardener’s Handbook. She hosts the nationally syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment segments which air on over 135 TV and radio stations throughout the U.S. Myers is also the host of the recently released The Great Courses “How to Grow Anything” DVD series. Melinda writes a regular column for Wisconsin Gardening and Chicagoland Gardening magazines. She also writes the twice monthly “Gardeners’ Questions” newspaper column. Melinda hosted “The Plant Doctor” radio program for over 20 years as well as seven seasons of Great Lakes Gardener on PBS. Melinda has a master’s degree in horticulture, is a certified arborist and was a horticulture instructor with tenure. She’s the recipient of the American Horticultural Society’s B.Y. Morrison Communication Award and was inducted into the Hall of Fame of GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators. Myers’ website, www.MelindaMyers.com, features gardening videos, podcasts, monthly gardening checklists and more.