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 beginners1
Average4
Some needed

Fruit tree categories

Almond trees1
Apple trees20
Apricot trees5
Cherry trees8
Crab apple trees2
Damson trees2
Fig trees4
Hazel trees2
Inter-specific fruit trees1
Mirabelle trees3
Mulberry trees1
Peach trees4
Pear trees5
Plum trees11
Quince trees3
Saskatoon bushes1
Walnut trees2

Stock availabilitytop

All | In-stock | Not in-stock

Tree form


1-year5
2-year bush-trained3
Patio-trained1
Half standard2
Cordon1

Supplied as


Bare-root5
Pot-grown3

Height after 10 years


Small (dwarf)
Medium (semi-dwarf)3
Large (semi-vigorous)4
Full-size (standard)2

Rootstock


Pyrodwarf2
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 week3
2-3 weeks1
1-2 months1
3 months or more

Uses


Good for eating fresh5
Good for cooking1
Good for juice
Good for cider

Cooking result


Puree
Textured puree
Keeps shape

Growingtop


Planting position


Full sun essential
Full sun preferred5
Tolerates partial shade
Tolerates north-facing shade

Flowering group

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1
22
3
43
5
6

Self-fertility

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Self-fertile1
Partially self-fertile1
Not self-fertile3

Ploidy

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Diploid4
Triploid1

Pollinating others

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Good
Average4
Poor1

Vigour

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Weak growing1
Slightly small
Average growth2
Slightly large2
Large
Very large

Precocity

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Precocious1
Slow to start bearing

Cropping


Heavy1
Good4
Light

Fruit bearing

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Spur-bearer4
Free-spurring
Partial tip-bearer1
Tip-bearer

Fruit persistence

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Normal ripening5
Fruit drops when ripe
Ripens over a period
Persistent

Bearing regularity

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Regular4
Biennial tendency1

Climatetop


Blossom frost-resistance

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Good resistance
Some resistance
Susceptible

Can be grown in


Temperate climates4
Mild / damp climates1
Warm climates3

Disease resistancetop


General resistance

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Good2
Average
Poor

Suitable for organic

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Organic / no-spray culture3

Canker

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Very resistant
Some resistance
Neutral
Some susceptibility
Very susceptible

Scab

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Very resistant1
Some resistance2
Neutral
Some susceptibility
Very susceptible

Mildew

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Very resistant
Some resistance1
Neutral
Some susceptibility
Very susceptible

Silverleaf

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Very resistant
Some resistance
Neutral
Some susceptibility
Very susceptible

Fruit identificationtop


Country of origin


France 2
United Kingdom2
United States1

Period of origin


1500 - 1549
1550 - 1599
1600 - 1649
1650 - 1699
1700 - 1749
1750 - 17991
1800 - 1849
1850 - 1899
1900 - 19493
1950 - 19991
2000

Fruit colour


Green - light1
Green / Yellow1
Orange flush2

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