In addition to saving space, espaliered fruit trees have other benefits. These include good light to the fruit (which helps improve development), ease of picking and ease of protecting the tree against frost or birds. It's much easier to net an espaliered tree.
If you are training your tree against a north-facing brick wall, you may be able to grow varieties that would normally require a warmer climate.
Here are some lovely espalier examples:
|espaliered apple tree forming part of a fence|
|Belgian fence style espalier|
|candelabra style espalier|
|fan shaped espalier|
|potted espaliered orange|
And how's this for handy picking? Just lean out the window and grab your pear .....
|Hallstatt, The Austrian Lakes District|
If you are interested in having a go at espaliering fruit trees you'll find plenty of how-to information on the internet - e.g. instructions for espaliering apples can be found here
Maybe you have a spot in your garden for an espaliered fruit tree?
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