What kind of tree(s) should I espalier in San Diego?

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  1. orangemaiden

    orangemaiden Member

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    I am trying to plan an espalier in the belgian fence style, (where the trees are pruned into a "Y" shape and planted close together so that the branches of the different trees overlap, forming a sort of harlequin pattern.) What happens if I use different varieties of fruit, ie., persimmon, fig, persimmon, fig . . . Is that just a totally bad idea? If so, here is my quandary. I am trying to decide on a fruit tree that is:

    -not citrus (already have a citrus tree espalier !!)
    -not something SO universally appealing (like plum or peach) that it would attract mean teenagers or hobos to my front yard (our house is on a common foot route to the local liquor store)
    -something that comes in different varieties that ripen at different times of the year so that I don't end up with 100 lbs of one kind of fruit in one month, then nothing.
    -something that will thrive in zone 10+ in San Diego (about 7 miles inland), on clay with sand about 3' down, preferably with similar water and pest control needs to citrus.

    Thanks in advance for any advice :)
     
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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    You might want to explore the web pages of California Cooperative Extension.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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