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 beginners10
Average18
Some needed3

Fruit tree categories

Apple trees31
Apricot trees1
Cherry trees6
Cider apple trees2
Crab apple trees7
Damson trees3
Hazel trees2
Mirabelle trees3
Mulberry trees2
Pear trees5
Plum trees10
Quince trees1

Stock availabilitytop

All | In-stock | Not in-stock

Tree form


1-year9
2-year bush-trained10
Half standard9
Fan-trained6

Supplied as


Bare-root9
Pot-grown10

Height after 10 years


Small (dwarf)
Medium (semi-dwarf)10
Large (semi-vigorous)9
Full-size (standard)5

Rootstock


Brompton5
St.Julien9
VVA-110
Wavit5

Usingtop


Picking season

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Very early
Early3
Mid4
Late3
Very late

Keeping

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Does not keep
1-3 days5
1 week5
2-3 weeks
1-2 months
3 months or more

Uses


Good for eating fresh9
Good for cooking7
Good for juice
Good for cider

Cooking result


Puree1
Textured puree
Keeps shape

Growingtop


Planting position


Full sun essential
Full sun preferred7
Tolerates partial shade2
Tolerates north-facing shade1

Flowering group

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1
23
36
41
5
6

Self-fertility

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Self-fertile8
Partially self-fertile2
Not self-fertile

Ploidy

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Diploid10

Pollinating others

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Good3
Average7
Poor

Vigour

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Weak growing1
Slightly small
Average growth3
Slightly large2
Large4
Very large

Precocity

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Precocious
Slow to start bearing

Cropping


Heavy5
Good3
Light2

Fruit bearing

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

Fruit persistence

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Normal ripening8
Fruit drops when ripe
Ripens over a period2
Persistent

Bearing regularity

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Regular10
Biennial tendency

Climatetop


Blossom frost-resistance

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Good resistance2
Some resistance
Susceptible

Can be grown in


Temperate climates10
Mild / damp climates2
Warm climates

Disease resistancetop


General resistance

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Good5
Average3
Poor1

Suitable for organic

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Organic / no-spray culture6

Canker

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Very resistant2
Some resistance2
Neutral
Some susceptibility
Very susceptible1

Scab

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Very resistant
Some resistance
Neutral
Some susceptibility
Very susceptible

Mildew

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Very resistant
Some resistance
Neutral
Some susceptibility
Very susceptible

Silverleaf

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Very resistant1
Some resistance
Neutral
Some susceptibility1
Very susceptible1

Fruit identificationtop


Country of origin


Belgium 1
France 1
Sweden 2
United Kingdom5
United States1

Period of origin


1500 - 1549
1550 - 1599
1600 - 1649
1650 - 1699
1700 - 1749
1750 - 1799
1800 - 18491
1850 - 18995
1900 - 19492
1950 - 19992
2000

Fruit colour


Blue - dark1
Green1
Green - light2
Purple3
Red2
Yellow1

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