How to Espalier Fruit Trees ... one of the easiest ways to include fruit trees in a small space garden and maximise your yield. Fruit grows on horizontal branches, leaves grow on verticals! | The Micro Gardener
In a general sense there are two types of fruiting trees- spur bearing such as most apples and pear trees, or tip bearing trees. Spur bearing trees are ideal for espalier as you won’t prune off the new fruiting buds when trying to maintain a cordon or espalier shape. Although it’s not impossible to espalier tip bearing tree such as apricots, plums, cherries, peaches and nectarines you will be restricted mainly to the fan espalier sh
Building An Espalier = Living Fence - Using standard pruning techniques, you can train dwarf fruit trees to form a living wall that will enhance your yard's privacy and provide beauty and fresh produce.
The Art of Espalier: Growing Fruit Trees in Small Spaces