To espalier means to sculpt or train your tree to grow in a certain way. Many gardeners espalier their fruit trees to grow flat against a wall, fence or courtyard.
Espaliering can save space, however, it's also used in wide open spaces to promote growth and can also be used to create fruit tree sculptures and there are some fantastically creative fruit tree sculptures out there! Check them out on the ABC Gardening Australia website.
You can not only aesthetically control the shape of your tree, but you’ll also be supporting its branches to hold fruit. Read more about what to do when your tree first sets fruit here.
We recommend espaliering the growth into a fan shape rather than a semi-circle so the tree grows upright rather than horizontally, which may put pressure on the outer horizontal grafts. The fan shape will also allow the tree to grow faster.
Sunlight needs to reach all branches and fruit, so it’s best to direct growth to allow sunlight to hit the middle of the tree, you can do this by positioning the branches so there’s a V shape between each branch.
You can espalier your tree along a wall on your balcony or against a fence in your backyard.
Scott demonstrates how to espalier your Fruit Salad Tree here.
Here at Fruit Salad Trees, we stock a wide range of fruit trees, which all boast different fruit on the same tree. Each fruit variety retains its own flavour, appearance and ripening time. We graft citrus, stone fruit and multi-apple trees.
Our fast fruiting trees can be grown in the ground, or in pots on your balcony.
For more information on caring for your fruit trees, check out the Department of Primary Industries articles on fruit trees.
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