Crabapple Palmette Verrier Espalier Training - May 2023
Planted in the early Fall of 2021, this pair of Sugar Tyme Crabapple trees are starting to show a bit of espalier training form with four levels on very young trees. One year ago (post here), all four layers weren't really quite established. Today? All of them are *started*, with the inside, bottom layer the smallest. See below for a photo showing these flowering crabapple trees in mid-May 2023.
My plan is to turn the tips up by pruning them off and driving new growth. The 2nd-for-lowest limbs are probably the closest to being ready for that hard prune.
I recently pruned off the apical meristem in an attempt to drive new, thicker growth down the tree. I've also left on a trunk-thickener branch at the bottom that I don't intend to train, but am using to thicken-up the trunk.
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