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Best Espaliered Trees, August 2014
Gardeners who are short on space have long relied on espaliered trees—those arboreal works of art whose branches are pruned to grow flat against a wall or as a living fence. At Bountiful Gardens, David Diaz goes beyond the usual grower-supplied fruits like lemon, pear, and plum. He’s coaxed his own olive and pomegranate saplings and champagne grapevines into classic tiered or fan shapes. The process takes years, but Diaz is patient, which also explains the eye-catching trunks of his other leafy wonders: braided crape myrtles, spiraling apples, and twisted figs and laurels.