Linden Espalier Horizontal Cordon - December 2021 Check-in
We're now five full growing seasons in with our pair of Greenspire Linden trees (Tilia cordata 'Greenspire') that we've espaliered into a four-tier horizontal cordon. Planted in 2017, I initially went one way with the layout of the branches (at one time, I had six tiers and was even planning on shaping it into a candelabra form), but last Spring (2020), I finally had a cogent thought (after looking at these trees for years) and made a call to prune A LOT back and go with a simple, four-tiered horizontal cordon. In the Summer of 2020, I got busy pruning things back and because I was SCARED to really go for it, I ended up leaving a few little branch 'nubs'1 with some growth on them just to make sure I wasn't pruning off TOO MUCH of the tree at once. You can go look at this photo here and you'll see the little orange things that I left (at the time).
With all the leaves dropped from these trees, I can start to look at the form they've created and begin to appreciate how far they've come. Yet also realize...how far they *still* have to go. Below, is a photo of what the Lindens look like right now. For the first time, I don't have to annotate the photo with arrows that show where the tiers are - as most of the branches have grown in enough to be visible to the eye.
1. [I recognize that 'nubs' isn't a technical term. But, I pruned back the branches to just be about 2" from the trunk. So...'nubs' is what I'm calling them. ]↩