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Espalier (Es-pah-lee-yay) is a horticultural term derived from the French word for trellis, and is used to describe a plant that has been trained to grow flat against a trellis or wall. This is particularly desirable when space is limited, because, as we know, Camellias can be ‘space gluttons’, and in smaller gardens the solution for lovers of Camellias is to grow them using this technique.

When selecting a plant for use as an espalier, look for one with open, sprawling growth and several leading branches. Plant the camellia against the wall or trellis, then tie the branches back in the desired position using soft plastic ties or twine don’t use wire as it can cut into the branches. Prune off any unnecessary growth, training the leaders to grow horizontally or at an upward angle, with the best displays generally being symmetrical. Try to keep any major pruning until after flowering and your espalier will reward you year after year with a display of flowers that will always be in clear view.

Most sasanqua varieties are suitable, although any camellia can be trained as an espalier.  


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Picture of Camellia Black Tie Espalier

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Japonica Espalier. An oldie but a goody. Beautiful, formal, double blooms of deepest red make this a highly desirable Camellia. Flowers late winter to spring, quite a compact shrubby habit. Happiest in semi-shade and acid soil. Evergreen.

 

Colour: Red
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m

Camellia Black Tie Espalier

Container: 15l  ? 

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Picture of Camellia Early Pearly Espalier

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Sasanqua. A very good performing Camellia that flowers from early autumn through to early winter. The blooms are double, white, with just a hint of blush pink on the outer edges. Upright vigorous habit. Happiest in semi-shade. Presented here espaliered. Evergreen.

 

Colour: White
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m

Camellia Early Pearly Espalier

Current Stock Height: 90/110cm  ? 

Container: 15l  ? 

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Picture of Camellia Fairy Blush Espalier

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Hybrid Espalier. This beautiful Camellia has tight bright pink buds that open to miniature, single, apple-blossom pink blooms which are lightly fragrant. A pretty Camellia which would suit a small courtyard or patio area. Flowers for a long period. Happiest in semi-shade with acid soil. Evergreen.

 

Colour: Pink / White
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 1.5m x 1m

Camellia Fairy Blush Espalier

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Hybrid. A delightful little Camellia that is smothered with small deep lavender pink blooms that are semi-double. Golden stamens add to the overall effect. The new spring growth is an attractive bronze shade gradually maturing to green. Upright growth habit. What a gay little bush! Evergreen.

 

Colour: Pink
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m

Camellia Gay Baby Espalier

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Picture of Camellia Les Jury Espalier

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Hybrid Espalier. Produced by and named after NZ's famous plant breeder Les Jury. Les Jury considered this to be the best formal double red Camellia that he produced in his lifetime. Very vigorous upright growth habit, handsome foliage. Happiest in morning sun or semi-shade. Evergreen. RHS AGM.

 

Colour: Red
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m

Camellia Les Jury Espalier

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Picture of Camellia Our Melissa Espaliered

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Hybrid Miniature Espalier. A very sweet Camellia with small baby pink ruffled flowers that are borne on gently cascading branches. The foliage is dainty and a light olive green in colour. Ideal container plant. Happiest in semi-shade. Evergreen.

 

Colour: Pink
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1.5m

Camellia Our Melissa Espaliered

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Picture of Camellia Setsugekka Espalier

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Sasanqua. One of NZ's favourite Camellias and deservedly so. An abundance of large wavy white blooms with prominent yellow stamens appear in early autumn through to winter. The blooms are softly scented. Happiest in semi-shade. Evergreen. Presented here espaliered.

This beautiful Camellia is definitely one of my favourites. Introduced from Japan in 1898 so a proven winner! Translation of the name means Snow, Moon and Flowers - isn't that just lovely?

 

Colour: White
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 3m x 1.5m

Camellia Setsugekka Espalier

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A relatively new introduction which is sure to be a winner amongst the gardening fraternity. Glossy leathery rounded foliage which always looks neat and tidy. Fuzzy brown flower buds which open to beautifully scented cream flowers in early spring. Will grow well in a container. Espalier. Evergreen.

Michelia gracipes is easy to grow but will do best in a semi-shaded position with protection from strong winds. Prefers soil that is slightly on the acid side. If you can grow Camellias in your garden you will easily grow this beautiful small evergreen tree.

 

Colour: Cream
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 4m x 3m

Michelia Gracipes Espalier

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