Belgian Fench


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The Belgian Fence consists of a series of Y-cords in which the frame branches are guided at an angle of 45 degrees. This creates a diamond-shaped pattern.

This is an aesthetically pleasing slate shape, but the crossovers do have some drawbacks:

    • chafing spots
      In a windy location chafing spots can occur where the branches intersect.
    • lower production
      At a crossing, only one of the two main branches can bear fruit wood. Due to the large number of crossings, the Y-shape is therefore less productive.

The Belgian Fence was previously widely used as a windbreak ( full wind line), in unfavorable places. The lower production was less important.



Fairly easy to grow and maintain.

Less productive because of the crossovers.

Everyone likes this espalier !


  • To get a nice symmetrical image you have to measure the planting distance carefully and make sure that the Y-junction of all trees is exactly at the same height.
  • You can prevent chafing by letting the branches fuse together (graft). An additional advantage of this is that the vigor is more evenly distributed over the trees.
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