Espalier fruit choices
I just moved to Navarre a week ago (Pensacola area) and I have three areas against the dark brick walls of my house for fruit espalier.
1- south side morning sun and some small amount of afternoon sun but shaded by a short overhang of the roof all day two feet against the house.
2-west side of house- afternoon sun
3- east side of house with morning sun.
My question is what will grow in an espaliered form in these areas? I am 1 1/2 blocks from the East Bay, so there is a bit of salt in the air when the wind picks up. The soil is, of course, acidic sand. I am building beds with organic matter- lots of mulch.
I had hoped to try pears but my local nurseryman says that pears grow 25-30 feet. How do they do it in Europe where I have seen lots of pear espalier?- Maybe they grow more vigourously here.
I thought to grow figs but some people say that figs are too vigourous for espalier.
Does anyone on this list have any experience or suggestions?