espaliered fruit tree against exterior wall
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75. Espalier a Fruit Tree

Enliven an exterior wall with an espaliered fruit tree. Go with tradition and choose a pear or an apple tree, or try a fig tree for a less formal look. Create the horizontal supports on which to train young branches with 14-gauge wires pulled taut through eye hooks screwed into the wall. Secure the branches to the wires with soft twist ties or twine.

Ook 14-gauge steel galvanized wire, about $6 for 100 feet, and heavy-duty eye-hook screws, about $13 for six;

Similar to shown: Fig tree, about $15;
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