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For appropriate zones, some of the best espaliers are Dwarf Citrus such orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, tangerine, etc. Evergreen, scented flowers, and fresh fruit!

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ottolino

many apple cultivars grow in zone 4 and apples espalier beautifully. there are many patterns that work well, and at a variety of heights from step overs (under 2' off the ground) to taller patterns. Get a good book on pruning - really quite easy but NO GUESSING. Be informed.

You will need to protect trunks of apples from mice, rabbits, and other varmits that will eat bark in winter, girdling the tree and killing it. I lost 13 apples after their first year bearing fruit when snow drifted high enough that rabbits were able to stand on drifts and reach bark above the tree guards (from Stark Nursery). I live near Chicago, zone 5, but we had a very hard winter ( a zone 4 winter) with sequential layers of snow forming several hard crusts, and animals were desperate for food. The crusty snow supported their weight so they could reach above tree guards. They also ate all my mugo pines in one day, chewing off all branches back to the point where they were as thick as one's thumb. When show melted they ate all the English Ivy, which of course came back because roots survived. But the 4 years of training the apple espaliers and years of growing Mugos were lost.

   
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Danielle Ferraro

Looking forward to trying this with apples. I also heard you can graft onto a tree and have different types of fruit growing from a single espaliered root base. I would love to have a mix of granny smith, honeycrisp, and fuji.

   

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