What rootstock to use for a fan-trained apple?


Hello I have a 2m high 3m long south east facing wall and would like to grow an easy apple tree (falstaff or similar) against it. Ideally I'd like to grow a fan but I'm worried it'd grow too high - I'd only want it to grow to a max of 50cm above the wall if at all. Would a fan be ok? If so would rootstock MM106 be the right one to use? If I didn't plant a fan I'd probably go for an espalier. I'd welcome your recommendation as I'm a novice in these matters! I've read your really useful website but couldn't quite find the right answer. Many thanks.

Caroline from Buckinghamshire


You should not have difficulty keeping the height of a fan-trained tree under 2.5m, or even 2m with the MM106 rootstock.

The width of 3m is also reasonable. When trained as a fan or espalier apple trees don't tend to reach the same height as a free-standing tree. You can generally limit the growth by pruning back in late summer (at which point the tree does not have time to re-grow before autumn sets in).



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