What Type Of Apple Tree Makes Best Candidate For Espalier - Knowledgebase Question

Sonoma, CA
Question by monkeyasylum
February 19, 2004
What type of apple tree would be best for espalier? Space is no object.


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Answer from NGA
February 19, 2004

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goal in the first few years is to encourage the tree to put all of its energy into growing branches that establish the basic framework. Once that happens, all future pruning is to encourage fruit production. Apples on all trees, whether espalier or not, are borne on short stems called spurs. As buds and new shoots form along a lateral branch, prune them back to a point close to the branch where five leaves cluster around the stem. This encourages the buds on the bottom half of the lateral branch to produce fruit.

Best wishes with your espalier project!
goal in the first few years is to encourage the tree to put all of its energy into growing branches that establish the basic framework. Once that happens, all future pruning is to encourage fruit production. Apples on all trees, whether espalier or not, are borne on short stems called spurs. As buds and new shoots form along a lateral branch, prune them back to a point close to the branch where five leaves cluster around the stem. This encourages the buds on the bottom half of the lateral branch to produce fruit.

Best wishes with your espalier project!

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