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Best Apple Varieties for Espalier Training

For espalier training, the most suitable apple varieties are those which produce fruit on spurs - which is the short stubby clusters of tiny branches (as pictured below). These spurs produce fruit year after year, and ideally an espaliered apple tree would have spurs along every branch. 

SpursSPUR BEARING VARIETIES

Adore
Ariane
Baujade
Belle de Boskoop
Braeburn
Cox's Orange Pippin
Divine
Egremont Russet
Freyberg
Golden Delicious
Hetlina
Initial
Lady in Red
Laxton's Fortune
Liberty
Mother
Peasgood Nonsuch
Splendour
Sturmer
Tydeman's Late Orange. 

 

TIP BEARING VARIETIES (not recommended for espalier - except for informal fan shapes)

Blenheim Orange
Fuji
Gala
Granny Smith
Kidd's Orange Red
Oratia Beauty (Gravenstein)
Royal Gala
Sir Prize.