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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

September tip: espalier and fan wires

If you are intending to plant trees to be trained as espalier or fan, now is the time to install the horizontal wires. Read more here:

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