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 beginners4
Average7
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-year10
2-year bush-trained9
Half standard8
Fan-trained2

Supplied as


Bare-root10
Pot-grown9

Height after 10 years


Small (dwarf)
Medium (semi-dwarf)9
Large (semi-vigorous)10
Full-size (standard)3

Rootstock


Brompton3
St.Julien10
VVA-19
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 week6
2-3 weeks
1-2 months
3 months or more

Uses


Good for eating fresh8
Good for cooking10
Good for juice
Good for cider

Cooking result


Puree3
Textured puree
Keeps shape

Growingtop


Planting position


Full sun essential
Full sun preferred8
Tolerates partial shade2
Tolerates north-facing shade1

Flowering group

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1
22
36
43
5
6

Self-fertility

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Self-fertile9
Partially self-fertile1
Not self-fertile1

Ploidy

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Diploid10

Pollinating others

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Good3
Average8
Poor

Vigour

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Weak growing
Slightly small1
Average growth5
Slightly large1
Large4
Very large

Precocity

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Precocious2
Slow to start bearing

Cropping


Heavy5
Good4
Light2

Fruit bearing

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

Fruit persistence

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Normal ripening9
Fruit drops when ripe
Ripens over a period1
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 climates11
Mild / damp climates1
Warm climates1

Disease resistancetop


General resistance

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Good5
Average4
Poor1

Suitable for organic

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Organic / no-spray culture5

Canker

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Very resistant1
Some resistance3
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 resistant
Some resistance2
Neutral
Some susceptibility
Very susceptible1

Fruit identificationtop


Country of origin


Belgium 1
France 1
Sweden 1
United Kingdom6
United States1

Period of origin


1500 - 1549
1550 - 1599
1600 - 1649
1650 - 1699
1700 - 1749
1750 - 1799
1800 - 18493
1850 - 18993
1900 - 19491
1950 - 19992
2000

Fruit colour


Green1
Green - light2
Orange flush1
Purple3
Red2
Yellow2

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Mid-season plum trees


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