Definition of espalier in English:


Line breaks: es¦pal|ier
Pronunciation: /ɪˈspaljə
, ɛ-/


  • 1A fruit tree or ornamental shrub whose branches are trained to grow flat against a wall, supported on a lattice.
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    • Because the fruit is so good, the trees are best grown as espaliers in a small garden, which will maximise fruit production against tree size.
    • I want to train a pear tree as an espalier against a wall.
    • These include Kylemore Abbey, where 150-year-old apple espaliers line the paths of the kitchen garden.
  • 1.1A lattice for an espaliered tree or shrub.
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    • In addition there is a large patio surrounded by trees on espaliers.
    • A simple espalier can train all branches to grow horizontally.


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  • Train (a tree or shrub) to grow flat against a wall: fruit trees were espaliered some thirty feet apart (as adjective espaliered) espaliered fruit trees
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    • Once you know what you are doing, you can prune 12 dwarf espaliered trees in an hour or maybe two each year.
    • It was espaliered carefully back onto its old trellis and coaxed into bloom.
    • Apples are espaliered along space-saving rows of wire fencing.


mid 17th century: from French, from Italian spalliera, from spalla 'shoulder', from Latin spatula (see spatula), in late Latin 'shoulder blade'.

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