How to build an espalier trellis for fruit trees

How to build an espalier trellis for fruit trees

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We show how to build a trellis to grow espalier fruit trees. We show how to dig post holes and set posts, and then two different ways to hang wires. The first uses eye hooks, steel wire, and turnbuckles. And the second uses a kit designed for espalier wires in wooden posts.

For more on how to espalier fruit trees, check out our video ‘3 ways to espalier fruit trees’

Also watch our video featuring our Belgian fence of apple trees to see how pruned young apple trees, to get them started training in the lattice design:

Read more about espalier and how to get started at

The American Horticultural Society’s book “Pruning & Training” is a great resource for all things training and pruning including espalier.

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  1. v nickcolvin on May 22, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    Where did you get the wire kit?

  2. SeedyLee on May 22, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    perfect! i just learned about turnbuckles. looks like i’m going to have to do some more research on these options. those trees look great. i’m also doing 4×4 fence posts.

  3. Angie Crain on May 22, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    Have you ever seen lightning strike this? Is it possible?

  4. DeLynn on May 22, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    Do you plant the trees directly under the support lines or a few inches in front?

  5. matthew rowland on May 22, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    What’s the distancing between the posts if you need to do a long run?

  6. jcrane45585 on May 22, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    At 3:48 you can see raised beds behind you. How have you oriented your espalier to avoid blocking sun for your beds? I have a similar set up and am worried about shading my beds

  7. kawerkamp on May 22, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    For those of us who aren’t particularly handy, I really appreciate that you show how to do each step in detail, (how to put in the eyehooks, turnbuckles, etc.) Awesome instructional videos!

  8. Bee Bob on May 22, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    My first time on your page. The new wiring system that you demonstrated the installation is very similar to wiring a bee frame for using wax foundation.

  9. Shantel Fullerton on May 22, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    I really like the Stodoys plans.

  10. Michelle Hernandez on May 22, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    Does the height matter if planting an Apple tree on dwarf rootstock? Why 5 feet tall? And how nany feet apart for the posts? Why that length? Thanks!

  11. Babo X on May 22, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    If you braced up both posts with a 2X4 in between them,you would be able to ratchet up your wires better without altering the posts, keeping them nice and plumb .

  12. Ery Millan-Coffey on May 22, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    Hi, I’m curious about why you went to wood after having metal posts in the older espalier?

  13. Dinakar Jayarajan on May 22, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    Just the video I was looking for

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