Espalier is a beautiful and functional way to grow fruit trees. In our video, Tricia talks about the techniques needed to prune and train an espalier. Espaliered trees and plants may be time intensive to maintain but they repay you in high fruit production in a very small space. If you're considering adding an espalier to your garden, the first step is planning. If you have a space that is narrow but gets good sun exposure, an espalier would be a good choice. Also if you want to create a stunning privacy screen or cover to a large blank wall, training a tree or plant is a great solution. Choose a shape you find beautiful and appropriate for the space you're filling. Next choose a tree to shape. Apples, pears and figs are great choices to espalier. We have a great blog, Gallery of Espalier Forms, to show you different ways to shape your espalier. You will need to put in the time to train and prune your fruit tree, but it will be worth the time with the all the fruit you will get from your espalier.