With Espaliered fruit trees. Is the weight of the branches supported by the infrastructure of...
the trellis, wall or fence or by the tree itself?
An Espaliered fruit tree will use a Wall or fence for support after the trellis rots. Roots and branches tend to mirror each other so an unsupported tree will fall forwards or backwards until the trunk has sufficient strength and girth to support the branch load. Often, espaliered trees are grown close enough together for the sideways branches to intertwine and form a hedge of fruiting trees.
Thanks for your reply MickS, I've done a bit of reseach and found that the trellis, be it free standing wire, attached to a fence or wall supports the tree.
So for us the tree will outlive the fence so we will build a trellis made of star pickets and wire.
My response is based on the ABC australia's gardening show
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