17 Dec

10 Amazing Examples of Espalier – Tree Art

Espalier is art of pruning and training trees or shrubs usually against a wall or trellis to form symmetrical and flat geometric shapes.  Training trees into flat, two-dimensional shapes has more value than just decoration of walls and gardens. Espaliered trees are perfect for lawn and gardens with limited space. When grown against walls, they reflect sunlight and protect the wall from heat waves.

There are a number of techniques and methods to train and transform shapes in to flat espaliers. With a little practice, you can craft interesting shapes out of your shrubs and trees. Get started with some simple espalier techniques given here.

Here are a 10 amazing examples of espaliered trees for your inspiration.

Espalier plants

Image via willowbrookpark.blogspot.com

Espalier Art

Image via apartmenttherapy.com

Espalier tree

Image by Marie Richie

Espaliler Fruit Tree

Image by Graham Bould


Image via frogview.com

Espalier formation

Image by Mike

Espalier Apple Tree

Image via ubcbotanicalgarden.org

Flowering Espalier Tree

Image via giverny-impression.com

Espalier form

Image via pleach.org

Beautiful Espaliered Tree

Image via frogview.com

If you need further information on designing and caring for espaliers, I would highly recommend Karl Pieber’s book: Espalier Fruit Trees for Wall, Hedge and Pergola.

9 thoughts on “10 Amazing Examples of Espalier – Tree Art

  1. These are lovely. It is something I would love to try and have been thinking about since living in Europe.

  2. These are lovely gardening techniques. I especially loved the apple tree. That’s something I would like to do in my next house.

  3. Absolutely amazing pics. Incredible how trees can be manipulated to look so cool. Thx for the pics.

  4. Love these!! They have some thing like this in Portland. You can see them on the walls on the side of the freeway!! I see how they did this now!! Thanks for the lovely pictures and great ideas!!!

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