Cherry Espalier

Prunus avium
ROSACEAE, The Rose family

Today we put in a six-way espalier sweet cherry tree against a west-facing fence. Each grafted branch is a different variety which ensures good cross-pollenization. The harvest will be somewhat staggered, and we’ll get a variety of fruit. The main advantage of pruning and training a fruit tree like this is that is saves space. And it’s easy to net against birds. But the technique requires more maintenance than a standard semi-dwarf form, and it not best suited to cherries. Apples, quince, pears and asian pears take to it better. But I have seen it done successfully before, and since we don’t really have the option of a full-size cherry tree, it will hopefully be a worthwhile experiment. Will report back.

Note: Say ‘Es-PALL-ee-ay’ or ‘Es-PAL-yer’

About Mulysa

I love my work as a landscape designer and artist. When I'm not planning homesteads or working in the studio, you'll find me hiking, photographing, gardening, baking, cooking vegetarian meals with friends, reading and working on sustainability issues...with my baby on my hip in Portland, Oregon.
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