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How to Espalier a Raspberry Bush

Raspberry is easy to grow and the berries are delicious. They are most often cultivated in rows or hedges and are considered espalier fruit when they are grown on a wire structure. Simple wire structures are an easy and efficient way to grow raspberry.

(lat. Rubus idaeus)

Raspberry on a trellis (wire framework)
Raspberry on a trellis (wire framework)


Raspberries need a sunny or partial shaded location with a soil that's either loamy or sandy but with a lot of humus; it must be well watered! Mulching is beneficial to keep the soil wet. Dry, stony, or nutrient-poor soils should be avoided. Regular fertilisation is rewarded with an abundant harvest. Individual plants should be 40 cm - 60 cm apart, and there should be 1 - 1.5 metres or less between rows. Narrow double rows with only one climbing frame in the middle is another common design. Raspberries can be found in most garden centres or online.

Characteristics and Pruning

The raspberry is a rambler, with shoots up to 1.5 cm thick and with a lifespan of 1 to 2 years produces numerous fruit-bearing lateral shoots after the first or second year, depending on the exact variety. It seldom grows higher than 2.5 metres. The flowers are discreet, the berries sweet and aromatic; ripening time depends on the variety. The shoots should be bound directly to the wires as quarter arches from which the fruit or fruit-bearing side shoots grow directly. Per running metre, 10-12 shoots can be tied to the trellis. The shoots that grow later in summer should be separated and tied for the following year, and old shoots cut down to the ground at the end of the season.

Climbing Structures for Garden and Facade

Raspberry is rarely grown on walls and facades, but rather on free-standing wire rows that are at least 1.2 metres tall. Two horizontal wires are enough. On a facade, a trellis for raspberry should have at least 2 - 4 horizontal wires, as with our 8010 design. Choose a trellis in the basic-s range, as it is sufficient in most cases, while trellises in our medium range provide optimal stability.