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’