Fruit trees for small spaces

Squeezing fruit trees into a small garden isn't as impossible as it seems. Train fruit against fences and you'll not only fit in one tree – you can choose several!

Minarettes: Vertical upright stems laden with fruit on short spurs. Great for growing in containers or for pretty vertical accents in your garden. Use for: apples, pears, plums and cherries.

Cordons: Also single-stemmed, but trained at 45º to encourage more fruit. Spaced 75cm apart you'll fit four varieties into just 3m. Use for: apples, pears, redcurrants, gooseberries

Espaliers: vertical stems with tiers of horizontal branches trained out at 30cm intervals along wires. A beautiful way to cover walls and fences. Use for: apples, pears, plums, apricots, peaches

Fans: branches are splayed out from two arms at the base in an even fan across the wall. Use for: plums, cherries, peaches, nectarines, apricots

Stepovers: like cordons but bent at right angles and trained horizontally to a wire at 45cm above the ground. They make wonderful edging. Use for: apples

Please ask the staff in our garden centre in Swarkestone for more information and advice about growing fruit trees in small spaces. Trained trees are available but must be ordered especially for you - please ask a member of staff to place an order (there may be a wait for your tree depending on the time of year).

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