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  • n. Plural form of espalier.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of espalier.


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  • Apple and plum espaliers "basked upon bricks of brown", and the sounds of playing children drift in from the street beyond the wall – prompting a gloomy fantasy about impending death.

    Ten of the best: walled gardens

  • Also for the summer chop are plums (vulnerable to infection if pruned in winter) and any trained trees – espaliers, fans and stopovers – which must be kept snipped back to the framework.

    In the garden this week: Summer pruning and preening

  • Gilles Guillot continues that tradition at Orsan with pleached hedges, topiary forms and espaliers in many shapes.

    Paradise Regained

  • These earthworks, as it were, are crowned with trellises and espaliers, so that the steep path that lies at the foot of the upper wall is almost hidden by the trees that grow on the top of the lower, upon which it lies.

    La Grenadiere

  • Stone walls or espaliers surround the property, and all sorts of fruit-trees are planted among the vines; in short, not an inch of this precious soil is wasted.

    La Grenadiere

  • Both office windows gave upon the street, and were protected by heavy iron bars; but the private office looked into the garden at the back, wherein Doublon, an adorer of Pomona, grew espaliers with marked success.

    Eve and David

  • The window-shutters were not yet closed, and the fire — and candle-light within radiated forth upon the thick bushes of box and laurestinus growing in clumps outside, and upon the bare boughs of several codlin-trees hanging about in various distorted shapes, the result of early training as espaliers combined with careless climbing into their boughs in later years.

    Under the Greenwood Tree

  • Louis followed Baudelaire down a passageway containing espaliers of miniature fruit trees, and up ahead there came murmuring voices, lost and speculative in a meandering conversation.

    The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre

  • Those which had been formerly trained as espaliers had now resumed their natural mode of growing, and exhibited grotesque forms, partaking of the original training which they had received.


  • The valley on the further side was all copper-green level and glazed pearly sky, a sky hatched across with screens of trimmed trees, which looked flat, like espaliers; and though the rest of the village straggled away in the near quarter the view had an emptiness that made one of the boats suggestive.

    The Ambassadors


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