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Can you espalier a 12 foot apple tree?

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by benabarlow, Sep 3, 2008.

  1. benabarlow

    benabarlow LawnSite Member
    Posts: 52

    Can you espalier a 12 foot apple tree without shocking it to death? Or do you have to start them only from a sapling?
     
  2. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,899

    I think you could but you won't be able to do it all at once. 25-30% foliage removed at a time, you could probably do that much two times a year. If you do one cut back in Nov. you will get a bigger flush of growth in the spring as the stored starches will want to be used up somewhere. I would probably also remove most of the fruit for this season.

    I would do the second pruning in early spring after the leaves have flushed out. If you have a bad western exposure you can wrap exposed trunk/branches with burlap to provide a little protection.
     
  3. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,435

    I wouldn't do more than 25% since its more mature and if you do some heavy pruning do it in the dormant months.

    Schooling is already coming in handy
     
  4. crab

    crab LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 633

    fruit trees can surive 60%reduction easy,as long as it is estabished.go for it.
     

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