“Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’ is an upright, conical flame shaped small ornamental pear tree with glossy, dark-green foliage that creates a wonderful foil for the mass of white flowers in April-May. ‘Chanticleer’ is one of the best ornamental pears for autumn colour, with the foliage turning vivid red before falling. Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’ pleached trees are an ideal screening option from spring through to the autumn with dense glossy green foliage and swathes of soft white flowers in springtime.”

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    Originally, espaliers were trained to brick or stone walls because the masonry absorbed the sun’s heat and allowed for quick ripening of fruit. This practice evolved in climates not particularly suited to fruit production, such as the monasteries of Northern France. Although espaliers are created more for their ornamental value today, the tradition of tethering espaliers to masonry persists for good reason. Brick and stone backdrops require minimal maintenance.

    There are many different espalier designs, each with a specific use in the garden. The more elaborate designs like the candelabra and the fan are best used as focal points in the garden, while the cordon and the Belgian fence are good for screening views.

    Training apples and pears as espaliers is a space-saving way of growing fruit on a wall or fence. They require little pruning once established and are attractive in blossom and fruit and offer an architectural feature during winter.

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