Carpenteria californica shaping
I have grown Carpenteria Californica for several years now. To be honest, it has been sadly meglected in that I have pruned only the tops and even then only rarely. It has grown woody, twiggy, leggy, with lots of dead wood and bare to such an extent that I intended to dig it out a few weeks ago. However, I lopped all the old wood instead to see if there would be a recovery. Well. It is producing new shoots.
My question. Has anybody grown this shrub as an espalier? It seems to me it would suit it grown this way. It flowers on wood made last year and it struck me that it does so in the same way as spurred apples and pears do so, in theory, it could be espalied. It all depends now on how my bush responds this summer, how vigorously, etc. but I think it would look fantastic grown this way. .??? Anybody growing this as a trained bush?