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 beginners3
Average3
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-year6
2-year bush-trained4
Half standard4
Fan-trained2

Supplied as


Bare-root6
Pot-grown4

Height after 10 years


Small (dwarf)
Medium (semi-dwarf)4
Large (semi-vigorous)6
Full-size (standard)3

Rootstock


Brompton3
St.Julien5
VVA-14
Wavit3

Usingtop


Picking season

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Very early
Early6
Mid11
Late13
Very late1

Keeping

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Does not keep
1-3 days5
1 week1
2-3 weeks
1-2 months
3 months or more

Uses


Good for eating fresh6
Good for cooking4
Good for juice
Good for cider

Cooking result


Puree
Textured puree
Keeps shape

Growingtop


Planting position


Full sun essential
Full sun preferred2
Tolerates partial shade3
Tolerates north-facing shade1

Flowering group

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1
23
33
4
5
6

Self-fertility

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Self-fertile4
Partially self-fertile
Not self-fertile2

Ploidy

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Diploid6

Pollinating others

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Good
Average6
Poor

Vigour

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Weak growing
Slightly small
Average growth5
Slightly large1
Large
Very large

Precocity

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Precocious
Slow to start bearing

Cropping


Heavy4
Good1
Light1

Fruit bearing

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

Fruit persistence

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Normal ripening5
Fruit drops when ripe
Ripens over a period1
Persistent

Bearing regularity

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Regular6
Biennial tendency

Climatetop


Blossom frost-resistance

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Good resistance1
Some resistance
Susceptible

Can be grown in


Temperate climates6
Mild / damp climates3
Warm climates

Disease resistancetop


General resistance

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Good3
Average2
Poor

Suitable for organic

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Organic / no-spray culture4

Canker

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Very resistant
Some resistance2
Neutral
Some susceptibility
Very susceptible

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 resistant
Some resistance
Neutral
Some susceptibility1
Very susceptible

Fruit identificationtop


Country of origin


Norway1
Sweden 3
United Kingdom2

Period of origin


1500 - 1549
1550 - 1599
1600 - 1649
1650 - 1699
1700 - 1749
1750 - 1799
1800 - 18491
1850 - 18991
1900 - 19491
1950 - 19993
2000

Fruit colour


Blue - dark2
Purple2
Red2

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Early season plum trees


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