Apple trees, also known by the Latin name Malus domestica, are the most widely cultivated fruit trees and we have a vast range of varieties to reflect this. There's eating, cooking, cider and even dual purpose apples for those that want it all. When space is limited, family fruit trees are a great option as they have multiple varieties grafted onto one tree.
With so many varieties available, we recommend taking a few moments to narrow your choice down. Broadly speaking, apples are suited to either eating or cooking, but there are apples suited to both (known as dual purpose) or other uses such as cider making. Flavours have varying levels of sweet or sharp and there are also more subtle complexities including hints of strawberry, pear, pineapple or nuts.
Your location may need to be a consideration. If you are in a northern area of the UK, consider the hardier varieties including Discovery, Fiesta, Blenheim Orange and Charles Ross. Most neighbourhoods have other apple trees for pollination, but if you live in a very remote location and are only planting one apple tree then we would recommend a self-fertile variety as these do not require a pollination partner.
When growing several varieties of apple tree, you can choose varieties that flower at the same time to aid pollination (see pollination guide) or you can choose those that fruit at different times to extend your harvesting right through from late summer to early autumn.
If you only have a small space for growing fruit trees, there are several options. The final height and spread of the tree depends on both the rootstock and variety, so it is best choose a dwarf rootstock if space is a concern. However, all apple trees require at least one pruning every year to encourage a good crop, so they can be kept smaller if you wish. We also offer some patio cordon apple trees that are perfect for keeping in a pot.
Apple trees are among the easiest of fruit trees to grow in the UK and with a little care they will reward you with crops of delicious fruit for years to come. All the apple trees we sell on the website are pot grown so can be planted at any time of the year. However, if you do want bare root apples trees, please contact us. Visit the following guide for detailed planting, pruning and care advice of apple trees.