Posted: 20/08/2016 at 13:45
right,,your malus is a great pollinator. Your ornamental pear is esp nice when pruned annually to minimise too many stems. Remove if too congested. You can control your shape too...prune stems to upward buds for wider ascending bush; prune to lower stems to narrow and descend.
(These aren't your proposed "fruit trees" though, are they?)
because it now so late in the year I would delay any pruning until spring but if you have already selected side and upward shoots that is fine. Yes, remove all other shoots not on the selected ones.
you prune every year Clint...sorry if I misled. prune to selecf your 3 shoots, if not already done, in spring. Next August ....when 2 side branches have grown and been gradually lowered and tied horizntally you can repeat the 3 shoot process. If growth is poor on the side branches delay lowering......the more vertical a stem the more vigour; the more towards horizontal the less growth but greater fruit production. Hence why espaliers are so productive....spurs on horizontal branches.
the variety will tell you if you have a spur or tip bearer.
Yes, the odds are that the neighbouring trees will help with pollination
P.s. When your trees do start to fruit remember to thin the fruits. I have an espalier pear with loads of fruit but pretty small. Should have thinned back iin mid summer. They will be fine but should have done it for bigger fruit