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 trees which all boast different fruit on the same tree. Each fruit variety retains its own flavour, appearance and ripening time. We graft citrus, stonefruit and multi-apple trees.
Our fast fruiting trees can be grown in the ground, or in pots on your balcony.
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It is believed that eating an apple every day reduces the risk of having a stroke and lowers bad cholesterol. Apples are high in fibre and Vitamin C and low in sodium (salt) and calories. There are a few different varieties of apples available on our Fruit Salad Trees, that not only look fantastic when they are growing, but they taste better than anything you will purchase in a store. Best of all you know you have grown them yourself!
Your Fruit Salad Tree is beginning to bear its first fruit - it's a momentous occasion! You'll be tempted to sit back and let your tree continue to develop its array of different fruit, however, it's best to let the tree use its energy to grow sturdy framework and the first fruit can pull down the young branches.