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Espalier pruning has artistic and practical benefits

This espalier tree, taken at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa., shows a typical ‘’Cordon” design with its vertical trunk and multi-tiered horizontal branches. The lateral shaping eases harvesting, simplifies mowing, maximizes sunlight and helps trees fit into tight areas. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

This espalier tree, taken at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa., shows a typical ‘’Cordon” design with its vertical trunk and multi-tiered horizontal branches. The lateral shaping eases harvesting, simplifies mowing, maximizes sunlight and helps trees fit into tight areas. (Dean Fosdick via AP)

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