All you need are two free-standing posts firmly anchored into the ground with wires between them. Espalier comes from the Italian word that means "something to rest the shoulder against." You can espalier trees against a wall or fence, or create a free-standing living screen or fence between you and your neighbours. Each brace measures 0.75m long and they extend approx. Here’s what I found out. The ‘Pioneer Mac’ in the Belgian fence in the Beach seems to produce smaller, sweeter fruit than the parent. Espalier is the technique of training plants to grow in a formal pattern along a flat wall or garden trellis. For those with patience. We should be grateful to Philippe Kahn, credited with inventing the camera-phone, back in 1997. There are few more ornamental ways of covering a good wall or fence than with a fan or espalier fruit tree. If you're used to buying our magazine from the shops, you can now order and receive the next issue delivered to your home, Jon Stokes on why we all need trees in our lives, Sorbus tree: how to grow and which to plant, The best gardening knives for pruning and more. The crossing branches can fuse together, either by nicking the bark where they cross or sometimes on their own. Belgian fence of pear at RHS Garden Wisley, England (L) and Sargent crabapple (Malus sargentii) at Minnesota Landscape Arboretum (C and R). Most apples aren’t self-pollinating, and even those that are fruit more heavily if pollinated by a different variety. (Or not, according to C-Net.) Drop that trowel & please add your comments! In this episode, espalier expert Peter Thevenot discusses some basics about the art, including a handful of styles and commonly used species. Great planted either side of a path and grown over to make a free-standing arch.”, Minimum three years. Choose a sunny wall or fence and fit a framework of horizontal wires that match the distance between the arms of espaliers - usually 35-45cm (13-17in) apart. It will be the Charlier Shed of espaliers! And you’ll find a more scholarly article by Lee Reich in this PDF from the Arnold Arboretum. That’s another kind of Apple. 2. We garden in Toronto's east end, but poke our green noses into growing spaces all over. Scroll back for a second to the previous picture. Buy as single brace or Save £10 with a set of 2. “We also cut back new shoots twice, as Lorette advocates, which adds another year on to the process but helps create a cluster of shoots in one small area. This kind of sighting always sends me into a mad flurry of research. It's an appropriate term because all forms of espalier — cordon, fan, Belgium fence, candelabra — are all similar in that the trees are grown in a flat, two-dimensional plane, often against a wall or structure. In addition, by growing the tree flat against a wall or fence, they could create a favorable microclimate in which the wall radiated heat and provided shelter. Ornamentals such as Pyracantha are sometimes trained as espaliers. Use a 2.5mm galvanised high tensile wire and create two or three tiers spaced 30-50cm apart. Historically, Europeans who lived in the middle ages used espalier to create outdoor walls or fences. Espalier (/ ɪ ˈ s p æ l ɪər / or / ɪ ˈ s p æ l i. eɪ /) is the horticultural and ancient agricultural practice of controlling woody plant growth for the production of fruit, by pruning and tying branches to a frame. “This is a good shape because you are breaking the vertical plane twice, each time halving the sap and slowing the whole tree down,” says Chris. The espalier technique is often used in cooler climates where ripening fruit is difficult. 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