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Are there any special requirements on how far apart I should be planting my espaliered fruit trees?

For example, is an espaliered fruit trees root system as expansive as a non espaliered tree?

By Jack
10/5/2010 9:23:02 PM

I believe that the root system will differ slightly though I'm not 100% sure.

Logically if you keep the tree pruned then it will have no need to grow more roots.  But the root system will still fan out like normal if that's what you are asking.  It won't follow the fence line like the tree.

By Rachael
12/16/2010 6:47:47 PM

the root system is the same but remember that a lot of fruit trees are quite shallow rooted and don't link competition so don't plant much around them

By Sheryl
8/10/2011 10:05:08 PM

In terms of spacing, I would leave at least 1.5 metres or preferrably 2 metres between espaliered trees.  That said, some of my trees have less room but I keep them heavily fertilised and they get plenty of sun.  Another thing that helps with close spacing is using parrallel branch espaliered placement in which alternative branches of trees are espeliered one after the other, that way nothing gets smothered and everyone gets plenty of sun

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