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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 Sweet Jane Espalier


Hybrid. 'Sweet Jane' is indeed just that with bright pink buds open to very pretty, double, white blooms that are heavily shaded pink. Commences flowering early May and continues for several months. Sun tolerant but also happy in semi-shade. Presented here espaliered. Evergreen. PVR.


Colour: White / Pink
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 1m

Camellia Sweet Jane Espalier

Current Stock Height: 90/90-120 cm  ? 

Container: 15l  ? 

New stock arriving beginning of April, 2019. Pre-order now. Estimated price $139.99 each. Payment when stock arrives.

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