The varieties we classify as Easy are those which we think are particularly well-suited to the first-time fruit grower. These varieties are reliable croppers with simple pollination requirements.

We classify some varieties as Some skill needed. These varieties usually have some unusual growing requirements, or are just fussy in some way. However even a novice fruit-grower should still be successful if care is taken, and our variety pages will explain how to get the best results.

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Suitable for beginners2
Average2
Some needed

Fruit tree categories

Apple trees10
Apricot trees3
Asian pear trees1
Cherry trees5
Cider apple trees2
Crab apple trees3
Damson trees1
Inter-specific fruit trees1
Mulberry trees2
Peach trees3
Pear trees4
Perry pear trees1
Plum trees6
Saskatoon bushes2
Walnut trees1

Stock availabilitytop

All | In-stock | Not in-stock

Tree form


1-year4
2-year bush-trained2
Patio-trained2
Half standard3
Standard 1.75m1
Cordon2

Supplied as


Bare-root4
Pot-grown3

Height after 10 years


Small (dwarf)
Medium (semi-dwarf)3
Large (semi-vigorous)4
Full-size (standard)1

Rootstock


Pyrus c.1
Quince A4
Quince Eline3

Usingtop


Picking season

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Very early
Early4
Mid5
Late12
Very late2

Keeping

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Does not keep
1-3 days
1 week4
2-3 weeks
1-2 months
3 months or more

Uses


Good for eating fresh4
Good for cooking1
Good for juice
Good for cider

Cooking result


Puree
Textured puree
Keeps shape

Growingtop


Planting position


Full sun essential
Full sun preferred4
Tolerates partial shade
Tolerates north-facing shade

Flowering group

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1
2
34
4
5
6

Self-fertility

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Self-fertile
Partially self-fertile1
Not self-fertile3

Ploidy

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Diploid4

Pollinating others

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Good1
Average3
Poor

Vigour

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Weak growing1
Slightly small
Average growth2
Slightly large
Large1
Very large

Precocity

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Precocious1
Slow to start bearing

Cropping


Heavy1
Good3
Light

Fruit bearing

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Spur-bearer4
Free-spurring
Partial tip-bearer
Tip-bearer

Fruit persistence

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Normal ripening4
Fruit drops when ripe
Ripens over a period
Persistent

Bearing regularity

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Regular4
Biennial tendency

Climatetop


Blossom frost-resistance

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Good resistance2
Some resistance
Susceptible

Can be grown in


Temperate climates4
Mild / damp climates
Warm climates3

Disease resistancetop


General resistance

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Good1
Average
Poor2

Suitable for organic

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Organic / no-spray culture1

Canker

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Very resistant
Some resistance
Neutral
Some susceptibility
Very susceptible

Scab

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Very resistant
Some resistance1
Neutral
Some susceptibility2
Very susceptible

Mildew

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Very resistant
Some resistance
Neutral
Some susceptibility
Very susceptible

Silverleaf

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Very resistant
Some resistance
Neutral
Some susceptibility
Very susceptible

Fruit identificationtop


Country of origin


Australia1
United Kingdom2
United States1

Period of origin


1500 - 1549
1550 - 1599
1600 - 1649
1650 - 1699
1700 - 1749
1750 - 17991
1800 - 1849
1850 - 1899
1900 - 19492
1950 - 19991
2000

Fruit colour


Green - light3
Red / Green1

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