espaliered pear train pruned horizontally against wall to make fruit easy to pick
Photo: Mark Turner
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Trees Ripe for Training

While a tree presents a somewhat greater challenge, you can take a shortcut by purchasing espalier starts at a nursery. Already shaped and trained on trellising, these can be planted in a chosen spot and their forms simply extended and maintained as they develop.

Shown: A pear tree trained horizontally, in a cordon espalier, places fruit where it's easy to pick.
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