I have planted 2 apple trees and 2 pear trees into espaliers (horizontal lines, simple shape). I picked the perfect branches for the first bottom lines.
However, two of the trees have long flexible tops and I was wondering: can I bend the top of the tree onto the top espalier line?
I don´t want to cut it if I can use it. I have always seen and read that people cut off the tops, but is this absolutely necessary?