- a trellis or framework on which the trunk and branches of fruit trees or shrubs are trained to grow in one plane.
- a plant so trained.
- to train on an espalier.
- to furnish with an espalier.
Origin of espalier
Examples from the Web for espalier
Historical Examples of espalier
Attend to the trees lately planted, and water them often; and whatever good shoots they make, fasten them to the wall or espalier.
All the soldiers of the Garrison were ranked in espalier on each side.History of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. XX. (of XXI.)
The wind at intervals shook the entire surface of the espalier.Bouvard and Pcuchet
If grafted on the paradise stock it may be grown as an open dwarf, or an espalier.British Pomology
He saw Caroline fastening a vine to an espalier, and came to assist her.
- an ornamental shrub or fruit tree that has been trained to grow flat, as against a wall
- the trellis, framework, or arrangement of stakes on which such plants are trained
- the method used to produce such plants
- (tr) to train (a plant) on an espalier
Word Origin for espalier
1660s, from French espalier (16c.), from Italian spalliera "stake-works shoulder-high," from spalla "shoulder," from Latin spatula (see spatula).