A guide to choosing the right size

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All trees can vary slightly in size slightly and we would not recommend putting up the wire supports until the trees arrive. 

Espalier Pruning in Winter/Spring Following Planting

1 Shorten main leader to third wire – if not reached do not prune.

2 Cut side branch leaders back by one third.

3 Shorten any side shoots (laterals) on side branches to 3-4 inches if not already done.

4 Spur back any shoots arising from central stem if not already done.

Espalier Summer Pruning Mid August

a) Shorten laterals on side branches to 4 inches.

b) Shorten any laterals (shoots growing from laterals) to 2-3 inches. Do not prune any shoots which are shorter than 8 inches.

c) Do not prune leaders

d) Tie in the main leader also the selected shoots for the third tier. Remove unwanted shoots from central stem, also tie in side branch leaders.

Successive Winter Pruning

a) Shorten main leader to appropriate wire.

b) Shorten side branch leaders by one third.

c) When main leader or branch leaders have extended as far as required cut back each year to point of origin.

d) If new growth has occurred after summer pruning cut back to a new bud.

Note – Apples and pears can be grown as ‘fans, in this case prune as described for espaliers but there will not be a main central leader.


The ideal tree shape for planting against a fence or a wall. Step overs are can be used to edge borders.

fruitgrowers handbook



delivery charges

Due to the size and shape of the Espaliers and Fan trained fruit there is a £40.00 maximum delivery charge that applies to any orders including these trees. Plants have to be despatched with a pallet courier and are only available for a UK mainland delivery. The Espaliers and Fans are approximately 1.5 metres wide and 1.65 metres in height.

Sorry but due to the high courier costs we are unable to offer any delivery service to any European Countries and the following postcodes. GY KW IV AB PH KW HS ZE IM BT DD JE PO30 PO31 PO32 PO33 PO34 PO35 PO36 PO37 PO38 PO39 PO40 PO41

Apple 2 Tier Espalier (Eating)

Trained Fruit Trees | Two Tier Espaliers

The term espalier refers to the way fruit trees are trained to grow against a wall. It makes the tree easier to prune and the fruit easier to pick. This decorative method was often used in traditional walled kitchen gardens and is perfectly suited to growing fruit in the smaller garden. The advantage is that you can also buy a ready-trained tree. Perfect for the small garden, an espalier tree has branches trained horizontally on either side of the stem to make a compact, but productive tree.

Planting Guide - MM106 is most suitable for small apple trees with three or four tiers but M26 can also be used if space is limited.
Trees should be planted 3.5m-6m (12-20ft) apart, according to their vigour.

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16 Apr 16 | Deborah Ralph

10 out of 10 Blackmoor - my Apple Saturn - 2 Tier Espalier arrived looking really healthy and securely wrapped , it is now safely planted up this past 2 weeks and seems really happy in it's location, the buds are starting show signs of life, I have been out and wrapped it in fleece today as a precaution as we have had some unexpected snowfall so didn't want to take any chances. I would certainly recommend using the Rootgrow product when planting and would certainly recommend Blackmoor Nurseries as a supplier of healthy trees and shrubs.

10 Oct 14 | Denise Curtis

My two Apple Espaliers arrived today, they look so beautiful and very healthy were looking forward to planting them over the weekend.

13 Mar 14 | J Reid

Thank you for a beautiful quality tree. We bought espaliers from several suppliers including yourselves two years ago and we have been impressed by the quality (depressed by the quality of some of the other companies trees too) so we bought another to replace one of the spindly things from elsewhere that has failed to grow much at all. The tree we received today is lovely and big, really good quality....as soon as I saw it I knew my OH would be delighted and wanting to order more and I was right.

27 Sep 13 | Val Gollar

Just ordered an espalier apple tree which arrived within 48 hours, very professionally packed and superb quality. Wouldn't hesitate in recommending or using the services of Blackmoor in the future.

14 Feb 13 | Muireann

Fantastic trees arrived, much bigger than expected

4 Jan 13 | Margo

Very impressed by the quality of these plants. The skill and hard work that must have gone into this!

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