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A question on espalier training

Here is a photo of the pear tree I bought and planted in February. It seems to be growing well! And, following advice on your web site, I plan to install the first espalier wire in the next couple of weeks.

young espalier pear

I see the two side branches growing at about 45 degrees to the main stem, with new growth on them going vertically upwards. Instruction on the website says tie them at 60 degrees to the horizontal. My question is, how high above the fork where the side branches come out, should I install the espalier wire? I assume I should do nothing about the tying new growth until August – is that right? At which point I will bend them to go along the wire.

Dan Neuteboom replies:
You have done a first class job of planting your tree. Just do nothing now and let the tree do its growing. By the middle of August adjust the angle of the 2 main side branches to approx. 60 degrees to the vertical centre leader. By August therefore place the horizontal wire at such a height to achieve this. Do not cut back or prune any of the branches.

Fruit trees for planting along a wall or fence

Would you like a fruit tree, or a few trees, for training along a wall or a solid fence? This is of course possible, and we can provide both the trees and the advice needed to ensure that they do well. Just visit the Fruit tree varieties page, provide your name, email, telephone number and address, and choose the tree or trees that you would like from the list of varieties.

In the box “Special instructions or local conditions,” please tell us whether the wall or fence is facing north, south, east or west, and the length and the height of the wall or fence. We need all this information because fruit trees are site-specific, and a wall or fence can considerably modify the micro-climate for the fruit tree.

A fence or wall is the classic position for a trained fruit tree, and we can supply pre-trained trees. If you would like a pre-trained espalier, or fan-shaped tree or a cordon tree, just state your selection in the same “Special instructions or local conditions” box on the Fruit tree varieties page. See our web page Tree training for further details.

Once we have received your no-obligation request, we will provide recommendations on suitability of tree varieties according to your location by email. For any general requests, please feel free to contact us by e-mail or using the Contact form on this page.

Fan-shaped tree

How to train an espalier tree

Dan Neuteboom demonstrates the first four years of training an espalier-type fruit tree, at his base in Suffolk, U.K. Apologies for the less-then-perfect sound quality! For further information, please see