Leifruit gardeners often used different espalier shapes together. The purpose of these combinations was twofold:
- production (for fruit growers)
Combining espaliers sometimes improves the surface of a lean construction. can utilize. Optimal surface distribution was especially relevant for commercial fruit growers, where yield was primarily important.
- showpieces (for the well-to-do)
By combining espalier shapes, someone could express their creativity and show craftsmanship. This was especially important in castle gardens and country estates of the wealthy, where the beauty of espalier trees was primarily important. More complex espalier shapes and original combinations increased the reputation of the owner.