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
Average10
Some needed2

Fruit tree categories

Almond trees1
Apple trees53
Apricot trees1
Asian pear trees2
Cherry trees7
Cider apple trees8
Crab apple trees20
Damson trees4
Hazel trees2
Inter-specific fruit trees1
Medlar trees3
Mirabelle trees2
Nectarine trees3
Peach trees1
Pear trees14
Perry pear trees2
Plum trees14
Quince trees4
Walnut trees2

Stock availabilitytop

All | In-stock | Not in-stock

Tree form


1-year13
2-year bush-trained8
Patio-trained4
Half standard6
Standard 1.75m4
Cordon4

Supplied as


Bare-root13
Pot-grown9

Height after 10 years


Small (dwarf)
Medium (semi-dwarf)6
Large (semi-vigorous)11
Full-size (standard)6

Rootstock


Pyrodwarf3
Pyrus c.4
Quince A11
Quince Eline6

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 week1
2-3 weeks7
1-2 months5
3 months or more1

Uses


Good for eating fresh12
Good for cooking4
Good for juice
Good for cider

Cooking result


Puree
Textured puree
Keeps shape

Growingtop


Planting position


Full sun essential
Full sun preferred13
Tolerates partial shade
Tolerates north-facing shade

Flowering group

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1
21
36
47
5
6

Self-fertility

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Self-fertile2
Partially self-fertile2
Not self-fertile10

Ploidy

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Diploid12
Triploid2

Pollinating others

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Good2
Average9
Poor3

Vigour

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Weak growing3
Slightly small2
Average growth4
Slightly large4
Large1
Very large

Precocity

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Precocious3
Slow to start bearing1

Cropping


Heavy8
Good4
Light2

Fruit bearing

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Spur-bearer9
Free-spurring
Partial tip-bearer1
Tip-bearer

Fruit persistence

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Normal ripening10
Fruit drops when ripe1
Ripens over a period1
Persistent

Bearing regularity

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Regular13
Biennial tendency

Climatetop


Blossom frost-resistance

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Good resistance2
Some resistance
Susceptible

Can be grown in


Temperate climates13
Mild / damp climates2
Warm climates11

Disease resistancetop


General resistance

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Good2
Average7
Poor1

Suitable for organic

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Organic / no-spray culture2

Canker

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Very resistant
Some resistance1
Neutral
Some susceptibility1
Very susceptible1

Scab

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Very resistant1
Some resistance6
Neutral
Some susceptibility2
Very susceptible

Mildew

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Very resistant
Some resistance
Neutral
Some susceptibility4
Very susceptible

Silverleaf

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Very resistant
Some resistance
Neutral
Some susceptibility
Very susceptible

Fruit identificationtop


Country of origin


Australia1
Belgium 3
France 5
Ukraine1
United Kingdom3

Period of origin


1500 - 1549
1550 - 15991
1600 - 16491
1650 - 1699
1700 - 1749
1750 - 17991
1800 - 18495
1850 - 18993
1900 - 1949
1950 - 19992
2000

Fruit colour


Green - light5
Green / Yellow3
Red - dark1
Russet1
Varigated1
Yellow / Red1

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