This is a great time of year to buy fruit trees.
A orchard or individual fruit tree can provide years of pleasure… Our flexible service provides a sustainable foundation for your trees to thrive.
We are really happy to talk through your ideas.. we will check rootstock, pollination and the ‘spread of fruiting’ for you for free! We use the best UK trees, chemical free Kent coppice posts, chemical free pest prevention techniques and Mycorrhizal Fungi when installing orchards.
We will endeavour to make sure you get the correct trees for your situation, we will question you about how and where the trees will be planted, also make sure that the trees can be pollinated! That’s the big difference from a purely online seller! Please call us 9 to 5 seven days a week or email us.
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Bush – 2 year £25
Half Standard – £30
Trained Tree (Fan) – £35
Cordons (apple and pear only) – £30
1 year old maidens – £23
Medlar – Bush £26, Half Standard £35 and trained tree £45
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Apple discription Flowering group Ashmeads Kernel Raised in about 1700 by Dr Ashmead, Gloucester. It received a First Class Certificate from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1981. Fruits have firm, juicy flesh with a rich aromatic flavour. Group D - triploid Beauty of Bath Originated at Bailbrook, Bath, Somerset and introduced by Cooling of Bath in about 1864. Received a First Class Certificate from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1887. This variety was once the most important early commercial apple in the U.K. Fruits are soft, juicy, sweet and a little acid, with a distinctive flavour. Group C Blenheim Orange Triploid. Discovered by Mr Kempster at Woodstock near Blenheim, Oxfordshire, England in about 1740. Distributed in about 1818. It received the Banksian medal from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1822. Fruits have creamy white, somewhat coarse-textured and rather dry flesh with a rich, characteristic aromatic flavour. Cooks well. Group D - triploid Braeburn Discovered on the property of O.Moran, Waiwhero, Upper Moutere, New Zealand and was first grown commercially by William Bros. at Braeburn orchard, Upper Moutere in 1952. I Fruits have crisp, firm flesh with a perfumed flavour, although fruits usually fail to mature fully in the U.K. Group E Bramley Seedling Triploid. Raised by Mary Ann Brailsford, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, England between 1809 and 1813 and introduced in 1865 by nurseryman H. Merryweather. First exhibited in 1876. Received a First Class Certificate from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1893. The most popular cooking apple grown in the UK. Group D - triploid Cox’s Orange Pippin Raised in about 1825 by Richard Cox at Colnbrook Lawn, Slough, Buckinghamshire and introduced by Charles Turner in about 1850. It received a First Class Certificate from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1962. Fruits are juicy and sweet with a rich, aromatic, nutty flavour. Group C Crispin Triploid. Raised in Japan in 1930 and first fruited in 1939. It was named 'Mutsu' in 1948 but renamed 'Crispin' in the UK for commercial reasons in 1968. Fruits have firm, fine-textured, juicy flesh which is a little sweet, somewhat acid with a refreshing, and pleasant flavour. Group C - triploid Discovery Raised in about 1949 by Mr Drummer, a workman on an Essex fruit farm. It was first named 'Thurston August' but renamed Discovery in 1962 and introduced by nurseryman J. Matthews, Thurston, Suffolk. Fruits have firm, fine-textured, juicy flesh with a fairly sweet and pleasant flavour. Group C Early Victoria Raised by William Lynn, Emneth, Cambridgeshire. It was first recorded in 1899 and introduced by Cross of Wisbech. It received an Award of Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1899. Fruits are crisp, firm and very acid. Cooks well. Group C - Partially Self Fertile Egremont Russet Thought to have originated in England. It was first recorded in 1872. Fruits have firm, fine-textured, rather dry flesh with a rich, nutty flavour. It is probably the most important commercial russet in the UK at the present time. Group B - Partially Self Fertile Ellisons Orange Raised by Rev. C.C. Ellison at Bracebridge and Mr Wipf, gardener at Hartsholme Hall, Lincolnshire. First recorded in 1904. It was introduced by Pennells Nurseries, Lincs. in 1911. Received Award of Merit in 1911 and First Class Certificate in 1917 from the Royal Horticultural Society. Fruits have soft, juicy flesh with a rich and strong aniseed flavour. Group D - Partially Self Fertile Gala Queen Raised in about 1934 by J.H.Kidd at Greytown Wairarapa, New Zealand. It was named in 1965. Fruits have firm, crisp, fine-textured, juicy flesh with a sweet and good aromatic flavour. Group C Galaxy A darker red, stripey clone of Gala. Discovered in 1985 by K.W. Kiddle, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. Introduced in 1988. Fruits are sweet, crisp and juicy. Group D - Partially Self Fertile George Cave Raised in 1923 by George Cave at Dovercourt, Essex. It was acquired by Seabrook & Sons Ltd., Boreham, Essex and named in 1945. Fruits have a little soft, fine-textured, juicy flesh with a little acid, slightly aromatic and pleasant flavour. Group C - Self Fertile Golden Delicious A chance seedling found in 1890 by A.H. Mullins, Clay County, West Virginia, USA. It was introduced in 1914 by Stark Brothers. Fruits have crisp, sweet, juicy flesh with a good aromatic flavour. Group D Greensleeves Raised in 1966 by Dr Alston, East Malling Research Station, Maidstone, Kent. A prolific and precocious variety. Fruits have crisp, juicy flesh with a mild, refreshing flavour. Group B - Partially Self Fertile Grenadier First recorded in 1862 and introduced to commerce in about 1875. It received a First Class Certificate from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1883. The most widely grown early commercial cooking apple in the UK. Fruits have firm, fine-textured, juicy fle Group C - Partially Self Fertile Howgate Wonder Raised in 1915-16 by G. Wratton at Howgate Lane, Bembridge, Isle of Wight. It was introduced in 1932 by Stuart Low Co. Received an Award of merit from the RHS in 1929. Fruits have firm, fine-textured, juicy flesh which is quite sweet when ripe with a faint aromatic flavour. Cooks well. Group D - Partially Self Fertile Ida Red Raised by Leif Verner at Idaho Agricultural Experiment Station, Moscow, Idaho, USA. It was introduced in 1942. Fruits have white, tinged green, firm, crisp, fine-textured flesh with a sweet and pleasant vinous flavour. Group B James Grieves Raised by James Grieve in Edinburgh, Scotland and introduced by his employers, Dickson's nurserymen. It was first recorded in 1893. Received Award of Merit in 1897 and First Class Certificate in 1906 from RHS. Fruits have rather soft but very juicy flesh with a good refreshing flavour. Group C - Partially Self Fertile Jupiter Triploid. Raised in 1966 at East Malling Research Station, Kent. It was introduced in 1981. Fruits are sweet and juicy with a good texture and Cox-like flavour. Group D - triploid Katy Raised in 1947 at Balsgard Fruit Breeding Institute, Sweden. It was introduced in 1966. Fruits are crisp and juicy with a pleasant flavour. Group C Lane’s Prince Albert Thought to have been raised in about 1840 by Thomas Squire, Berkhamsted. It was introduced by John Lane in 1850. Received First Class Certificate from RHS in 1872. Fruits are very juicy and acid. Cooks well. Group D - Partially Self Fertile Laxton Fortune Raised in 1904 by Laxton Brothers Ltd. at Bedford, England and introduced in 1931. It received a First Class Certificate from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1948. Fruits have fairly firm, rather coarse-textured, juicy flesh with a sweet and good aromatic flavour. Group C - Partially Self Fertile Laxton Superb Raised in 1897 at Bedford by Laxton Bros., and introduced by them in 1922. Received the Award of Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1919 and a First Class Certificate in 1921. Fruits have firm, very juicy flesh with a sweet, pleasant and refreshing flavour. Trees tend to be subject to biennial bearing. Group D - Partially Self Fertile Lord Derby Raised by Witham, Stockport, Cheshire. It was first recorded in 1862. Fruits are rather coarse textured, somewhat dry with a subacid flavour. Cooks well. Group D - Partially Self Fertile Lord Lambourne Raised in 1907 by Laxton Bros. Ltd. at Bedford, England and introduced by them in 1923. It received the Bunyard Cup from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1921 and an Award of Merit in 1923. Fruits have slightly coarse-textured, juicy flesh with a sweet and good aromatic flavour. Group C - Partially Self Fertile Newton Wonder Raised by Taylor at King's Newton, Melbourne, Derbyshire, England. Introduced in about 1887 when it also received a First Class Certificate from the Royal Horticultural Society. Fruits have rather coarse-textured, moderately juicy flesh with a subacid flavour. Cooks very well. Group D - Partially Self Fertile Queen Cox A more highly coloured clone of Cox's Orange Pippin. It was discovered at Appleby Fruit Farm, Kingston Bagpuize, Berkshire. Received by the National Fruit Trials in 1953. Fruits have firm, slightly acid, juicy flesh with a rich, aromatic flavour. Group C Red Pippin (Fiesta) Raised in 1972 at East Malling Research Station, Kent. It received an Award of Merit in 1987 from the Royal Horticultural Society. Fruits are crisp and juicy with a Cox-like flavour. Group D - Partially Self Fertile Rev. W. Wilks Raised by Veitch, Chelsea, England. First recorded in 1904. Received the Award of Merit in 1904 and a First Class Certificate in 1910 from the Royal Horticultural Society. Fruits have crisp, fine-textured, juicy flesh with a subacid flavour. Cooks well. Group B - Self Fertile Self Fertile Cox A self-fertile sport of Cox's Orange Pippin. Group C - Self Fertile Spartan Raised in 1926 by R.C.Palmer at the Dominion Experiment Station, Summerland, British Columbia, Canada. Introduced in 1936. Fruits have firm, crisp, fine-textured, juicy flesh with a refreshing vinous flavour. Group D - Self Fertile Sunset Raised in about 1918 by G.C.Addy at Ightham, Kent. Named in 1933. It received an Award of Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1960. Fruits have firm crisp, fine-textured flesh with a good aromatic Cox-like flavour. Group C - Self Fertile Tydemans Early Worcester Raised in 1929 by H.M. Tydeman at East Malling Research Station, Kent. Introduced in 1945. Fruits have white, crisp, fine-textured, juicy flesh with a good vinous flavour. Group D - Partially Self Fertile Vista Bella Complex parentage involving Julyred, Williams Early Red and Starr. Raised in 1956 at New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA. Named because of its exceptional behaviour in the Guatemalan highlands. Fruits have creamy white, juicy flesh with a McIntosh type flavour. Group B Worcester Pearmain Raised by Mr Hale of Swan Pool, near Worcester, England. Introduced by Smith of Worcester in 1874. Received a First Class Certificate from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1875. Fruits have firm, white, a little juicy flesh with a sweet and pleasant flavour. Group C - Partially Self Fertile
Pears discription Flowering group (same or adjacent to pollinate) Beth Raised in 1938 at East Malling Research Station, Kent by H.M. Tydeman. Fruits have creamy white, melting, juicy flesh with a rich, sweet flavour. Group D Buerre Hardy Raised in about 1820 by M. Bonnet, a friend of Dr Van Mons, at Boulogne, France. It was named after M. Hardy, the director of the Luxembourg gardens. Introduced in about 1940. Fruits have white tinged pink, tender flesh with a rose water flavour. Group D Clapps Favourite Raised by Thaddeus Clapp of Dorchester, Massachusset, USA. Fruits have white, juicy flesh with a sweet flavour. Group D Concorde Self fertile - An excellent modern dessert pear similar to Conference and suitable for most locations. Group E Conference Self fertile - The most widely grown pear in the UK. Suitable for most locations and partially self-fertile. Group C Doyenne Du Comice Raised by the Horticultural Society of Maine et Loire, Angers, France. First fruited in 1849. Introduced to England in 1858 by Sir Thomas Dyke Acland. Fruits have pale yellow, extremely melting, juicy flesh with a delicate and delicious flavour. Group E Hessle An old Northern English pear suitable for cooler regions. Group D Louise B. De Jersey An attractive red flushed pear with a distinctive, slightly acid flavour. Group C Packham’s Triumph heavy cropping dessert pear but requiring a warm sheltered location.
Group C Pear Red William Originated in about 1750 in Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA. Brought to notice in 1830. Fruits have tender, greenish white flesh with a subacid, aromatic flavour. Group D Robin An old English pear with small, sweet, bright red flushed fruit Group C William Bon Chretien Probably the best known and most widely grown pear throughout the world. Group D
Plum discription Flowering group Avalon Large, round-oval, red colour. One of the finest quality desserts. A strong growing tree with a tendency to be shy cropping in its early years Group B Belle De Louvain Very large purple fruit, firm texture and sweet. Good for culinary and dessert use. Group C Bountiful Bountiful is self-sterile and would require a pollinator to produce a crop. Group C Burbank Raised by Luther Burbank, Santa Rosa, California, USA from a cross between d'Agen and Ponds Seedling and introduced in 1893. Was at one time grown commercially in the UK Group D - Self Fertile Coe’s Golden Drop Large, oval, fruit with a tapered neck to the stalk. Golden yellow skin with reddish brown specks and cinnamon bloom. Tender, juicy golden yellow flesh. Group C Czar A medium, dark purple plum with a sweet yellow flesh. Can produce very heavy crops and always reliable. Self fertile. Good for eating, cooking and bottling. Group D - Self Fertile Dennistons Superb (gage) The most reliable cropping gage. Transparent sweet flesh with red flushed skin. High yields. Group B - Self Fertile Early Laxton Small to medium sized, oval-oblong fruit. Yellow skin with pinkish-red flush, red spots and lavender bloom. Juicy, golden yellow flesh. Free stone. Sweet pleasant taste. Group C - Partially Self Fertile Early Rivers Prolific attractive English plum, sometimes known as Early Rivers - dual purpose Group B - Self Fertile Edwards Considered primarily as a culinary variety but quite sweet and pleasant as a dessert variety when fully ripe Group D Excalibur Laxton Similar to victoria Group C Laxton Cropper Medium large fruit. Bloomy blue-black skin. Firm, juicy yellow flesh with a fair flavour. Best used as a culinary plum Group C - Self Fertile Majorie’s Seedling great cooking plum or for those who don't like a sweet plum.. like me. Group E Opal excellent early dessert plum rather like a small Victoria. Group C - Self Fertile Victoria most popular plum: crops heavily with large, juicy plums. Oval, bright red fruit in late August-early September for dessert, bottling or canning. Group C - Self Fertile Yellow Pershore ‘yellow egg’ plum traditional to the West Midlands. Group B - Self Fertile
Cherry discription Flowering group Cherokee Lapins Also known as Cherokee, this is very popular heavy cropping self-fertile sweet cherry. Group D - Self Fertile Compact Stella A more compact version of the ever popular Stella (obviously) Group D - Self Fertile Early Rivers One of the earliest cherry varieties to ripen. Once widely grown in Kent. Group A Merton Glory One of the best quality red on yellow cherries Group B Merton Reward Cambridgeshire UK Group D Morello The best know cooking cherry and ideal for low light (north facing) growing.. Also birds tend to ignore. Group E - Self Fertile Stella The most popular sweet cherry in the UK. Self-fertile and reliable cropper. Group D - Self Fertile Sunburst 'Sunburst' is a self-fertile cherry with large, sweet, very dark red fruit in midsummer, white spring blossom and good autumn colour Group D - Self Fertile Van Solid commercial variety Group D Vega New yellow to red variety, nice and reliable. Group D
Gage discription Flowering group Cambridge Gage Very sweet gage and one of the most popular of the greengages Group D - Partially Self Fertile Gage Green Gage (Old Eng) Medium sized, round fruit. Green skin turning yellowish when ripe Often mottled with red and bearing grey russet dots. Greenish yellow succulent flesh. Very rich sweet flavour. Group D Oulins Golden Gage Oullins Gage was discovered as a chance seedling at Coligny, Ain, France and introduced by the French nurseryman Massot of Oullins near Lyon sometime before 1856. Group D - Partially Self Fertile
Damson discription Flowering group Damson Farleighs Prolific 'Farleigh Damson' is a compact, reliably fruiting culinary damson to 2.5-4m in height depending upon the rootstock. Flowers white, fruit very dark blue. Self-fertile. Group 4 - Self Fertile Damson Merryweather Producing larger fruit than is usual for a damson Merryweather is an incredibly popular choice and it's easy to see why. The tree itself is very hardy and will grow in the toughest conditions. Group 3 - Self Fertile
Quince discription Flowering group Early Prolific Meech's Prolific is a popular quince variety, ripening at the end of September or early October in most locations Group 2 Viranja 'Vranja' is a large, broad-crowned deciduous shrub, or small tree, with leaves grey-hairy beneath and pink-tinged flowers to 5cm wide. Large pear-shaped, green fragrant fruits become golden-yellow when ripe Group 2 Champion Popular variety, suited to dryer growing conditions Group 2 Meeches A very reliable cropper producing good crops of pear shaped fruit excellent for jelly making Group 2
Apricot , Nectarine and Peaches
Apricots discription Flowering Group New Large Early American variety with pale yellow skin, delicious eaten straight off the tree, preserves well and makes wonderful jam. The beautiful pink-tinged flowers in early spring are self-fertile. Moorpark early-ripening form of the popular English Moorpark apricot, and well-suited to the English climate. It is also one of the best apricots for eating fresh, and like all apricots is an excellent culinary fruit. Nectarine Necta Red Nectarine Nectared has firm sweet red fruit with yellow flesh. Semi free stone can be eaten or used in cooking. Self fertile. Suitable for cooler climates ideal for home gardens. Prefers a full sun position in well drained soil. Lord Napier early ripening variety that has white flesh which falls away from the stone inside to make eating the sweet and juicy fruit even easier! Nectarine 'Lord Napier' is a reliably heavy cropper once establish and, given the right, sunny conditions, will produce a tasty harvest for you early in the season Humboldt Humboldt is a mid / late-season orange-fleshed English nectarine Peaches Hales Early Hale's Early is a hardy early season peach Rochester Rochester is a yellow-fleshed peach with large fruit and good flavour. It ripens towards the end of July Peregrine Peach 'Peregrine' produces light green and crimson, white-fleshed fruits in mid August to early September. This cultivar is best grown under cover, but in the south of England may be grown outside in a sheltered position
What is a bareroot fruit tree as compared to a potted tree? Lifting a young fruit tree is possible because it is dormant in the winter.. Bare root trees are field grown and have a innate hardiness that enables successful replanting in your garden. All commercial fruit trees tend to be bareroot for ease of planting and cost. Our methodology is the same, we like the choice we can offer.. the ease of transport.. the environmental consideration of not using pots, compost or heating… best of all our trees are tough as old boots and we feel fully confident that the 1 year guarantee we offer on all stock wont be needed.
A potted tree has been nurtured from conception in a pot, chances are its been undercover and sheltered. When you buy a potted tree it will be a intact tree.. tap roots and fibrous roots.. You pay for this extra tending and you tend to get a ‘neater’ tree.
Most growers wait until it is suitably cold to successfully ‘lift” a tree, the general rule is that the fruit tree (or soft fruit) is devoid of leaves. The grower will then cold store the tree if the temperature is fluctuating above the magic 8 degrees, the most important element of keeping the tree alive is keeping the roots damp.. I will talk through this in a bit.. In the growers world this is usually achieved by ‘heeling in’ the tree.
So a bareroot fruit tree is only available in the winter.. The tree is stocky and cheaper.
In our helpsheet we illustrated the range of rootstocks available, certain stocks I would not buy bare rooted
Key factors we consider when advising about what trees to buy..
- How big you want the fruit tree to grow? – You don’t want a tree to crowd a garden, grow up against a building or block a path..
- How much space you have? – Referencing above – you don’t want to many trees in confined space.. maybe trained trees would work in say a narrow garden?
- How much fruit you want? – A flood of fruit may be more of a hindrance than a positive! We can spread the production over a season with different varieties.
- Can the tree can be pollinated? – Some trees need specific pollinators, go self fertile or create a orchard of supporting trees!
- What’s your soil condition like? – Some stocks hate heavy soils, a dwarfing tree will sulk in heavy conditions.
- Is the site exposed? – Some trees hate salty or high winds.
I would recommend the excellent RHS Website for the basic facts.
To sum things up
Advantage of bareroot tree – Generally cheaper, wider choice of varieties, trees send to be more chunky and resilient.
Disadvantage of bare root tree – Don’t always look that good as a gift devoid of pot.