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5 Favorites: Espaliered Fruit Trees

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5 Favorites: Espaliered Fruit Trees

February 20, 2013

Fruit trees are the most attractive espaliers precisely because of their gnarliness—it creates structural interest that the winter garden might otherwise miss sorely:

In a city garden in London, brick walls are softened by climbing vines and roses, as well as by espaliered apple trees. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Gardenista.
Above: In a city garden in London, brick walls are softened by climbing vines and roses, as well as by espaliered apple trees. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Gardenista.
An evergreen olive hedge and an espaliered apple tree in my front garden share a water source (a single drip irrigation line services both). Photograph by Matthew Williams for Gardenista.
Above: An evergreen olive hedge and an espaliered apple tree in my front garden share a water source (a single drip irrigation line services both). Photograph by Matthew Williams for Gardenista.
Pleached crabapple trees. Photograph by Britt Willoughby Dyer.
Above: Pleached crabapple trees. Photograph by Britt Willoughby Dyer.

Above: An espaliered tree in a back corner of designer Neisha Crosland’s London garden. Photograph by Christine Hanway.

Above: An espaliered apple tree (L) and trellised vines in antiques collector Will Fisher’s London garden. Photograph by Christine Hanway.

For more, see DIY: Pruning Fruit Trees in Winter.

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