Espaliered Fruit Trees, Part 1
We're just back from five day
trip through the urban mid-Atlantic states and what do I want to talk
about? Espaliered fruit trees, of course. This photo shows
espaliered fig inside the conservatory at Longwood Gardens.
"Espalier" refers to a fruit tree trained against a flat surface,
traditionally a space-saving technique used along the inside of
defensive town walls in the Middle Ages. Nowadays, people just
think they're pretty, and I agree. But as more and more of our
readers begin to create their own mini-homesteads in small urban yards,
I thought it would be worth focussing on espalier techniques for this
week's lunchtime series.
Do you have an espaliered tree? If so, drop me an email with some
photos! If not, stay tuned --- you'll soon be hooked. If
you can't wait until tomorrow, check out this
page's extensive gallery of espalier fruit trees or read this longer
explanation of the benefits of espaliered trees.
Note: "Espalier" is pronounced "i-spal-yer".
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