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Espalier rootstock and spacing

Posted by jxbrown z10/24 SD, CA (My Page) on
Sun, Oct 14, 12 at 11:48

I thought that I would only have room for one tree to avoid shading my vegetables, but then I realized that I have a long wall with a southeast exposure which receives sun from dawn until very late in the day. A new plan presented itself! If I were to plant along this wall (5' high and 30' long) what would be optimal spacing and what would be compatible rootstocks? I would like to grow stone fruit mostly and perhaps an apple or a pear or possibly a quince.

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RE: Espalier rootstock and spacing

Well, I believe I've found some good pruning advice.

Here is a link that might be useful: UK Fan Pruning of Stone Fruit

RE: Espalier rootstock and spacing

Apples and pears do quite well in simple horizontal cordons, however (as long as they are not tip-bearing types).

Just to mix things up, here's another interesting approach to consider:

And for cherries, something truly original:

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