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This Old Housefrom This Old House

Grow Espaliered Trees for a Slim Fit

Learn the art of espalier—growing trees or shrubs in two dimensions. It's a time-honored fix for the space-challenged garden. | Photo: Lynn Keddie/GAP Photos |

A Cultivated Nestfrom A Cultivated Nest

Apple Trees That Grow In Pots

Apple Trees That I Grow In Pots

Espalier fruit trees: wonder if hubs could learn how to do this? Would make an interesting fence, or a cool way to maximize space.

Inspired by Charmfrom Inspired by Charm

a lesson in espalier

For gardens with limited growing space, espalier your fruit trees. Just as grape vines are espaliered on a trellis, so can a fruit tree be trained the same. It does require a bright sunny place to grow, as fruit trees need full sun. Pictured here is an espaliered pear tree. It's a very old growing technique, but perfect for today's smaller gardens.