Malus pumila ‘Dieppe’

Apple Tree

 

Conestoga House & Gardens, 1608 Marietta Avenue, Lancaster PA (at the end of entrance walkway)

 

Larry Wettig, David Kantner

 

This apple is an excellent example of an espaliered tree, one that has been trained to grow in just two dimensions by artful pruning and by tying its branches to a flat frame, fence or wall . The tree is in formal candelabra form, in which branches grow straight out to the side and then upward at a right angle to form the shape of a candelabra.  

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When naturalized, this amazing species provides food -- through its buds, leaves, flowers, fruit and sap -- to a myriad of invertebrates (bees, beetles, aphids, leafhoppers, butterflies, moths) as well as to birds (grouse, finches, sparrows, orioles) and mammals (deer, fox, bear, opossum, skunk).

 

(The last photo is not the Conestoga tree.)