Cordon Fruit Trees
What is a Cordon Fruit Tree?
Cordon fruit trees are single stemmed fruit trees pruned to create a close framework of stubby fruiting branches. They are ideal for growing in small spaces and/or against walls and fences. For detailed instructions have a look at our note on how to grow a cordon fruit tree.
- Most apples & pears are spur-bearing and can be used as cordons.
Some are listed as tip-bearing, these are not suitable for making cordons.
|Save lots of space.||Small final size. Your crop will be about 5-10 kilos.|
|One cordon can be used as a pollinator for a lonely big tree.||Must be grown with support.|
|Cost effective option.|
|You can grow a row of cordons to get a wide variety of different apples & pears.|
Growing Cordon Fruit Trees:
Cordons are grown diagonally from the ground, on wires.
If your soil is very rich, you can get away with planting cordons 60 cms apart. If your soil is a bit average, plant them 1 metre apart.
Pruning Apple & Pear Cordons:
Cordons have a special summer pruning regime that helps to keep them restricted. This is called the Modified Lorette System.