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I'm posting from sunny Malta, can I grow fruit trees en espalier on a north facing wall ? The site is high and windy but protected by a tall cypress tree hedge

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  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,857
    Most of us forum members are in the UK with others dotted around the world.
    The climate in the UK is very different to Malta, so it's a question I doubt we'll be able to answer I'm afraid as none of us have experience of growing in such a situation.
    In the UK fruit trees ideally need a sunny position.

    If other gardens near you have fruit trees, then it's probable you can.
    An espalier is just a tree that's been trained to grow in a particular shape.
     
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Thank you Pete. No fruit trees anywhere near, I'll give it a try.
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 9,857
    Good luck!
    If you need any tips on pruning etc we can help :)
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,149
    Pears and morello cherries are usually perfectly happy in shadier spots so I’d give them a try. 😊 
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  • Thank you all. I'll let you know outcomes. It's of course a hot climate but the site is high and faces NW and protected by cypresses so it's quite a bit cooler.
    Also trying figs. I've grown lemon trees over a gazebo roof, not quite espalier but it worked, slowly.
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