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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 Cinnamon Cindy Espalier

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Hybrid Esp. This is a delightful little Camellia with semi-double flowers that are white with pink tinges on the petal edges and backs. In full bloom the overall effect is very soft and pretty. An added bonus of fragrance makes this a definite must have. Strong upright growth habit. Evergreen.

 

Colour: Pink / White
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: Esp

Camellia Cinnamon Cindy Espalier

Current Stock Height: 90/110cm  ? 

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 Gay Baby 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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Container: 15l  ? 

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Picture of Camellia Koto no Kaori Espaliered

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Hybrid. Simple but sweet single rose-pink blooms with prominent yellow stamens are borne in profusion along attractively arching branches. The blooms are very fragrant blooms and appear autumn to winter. Small rounded bright green leaves. Happiest in semi-shade with acid soil. Evergreen.

Presented here as an Espalier for walls and fences.

 

Colour: Pink / Yellow
Habit: Arching
Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m

Camellia Koto no Kaori Espaliered

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Container: 15l  ? 

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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 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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Container: 15l  ? 

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