Apple trees for the beginner

Varieties: 32 | Clear all

Gardening skill

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Suitable for beginners32
Average82
Some needed5

Fruit tree categories

Apple trees32
Apricot trees1
Cherry trees6
Cider apple trees2
Crab apple trees7
Damson trees3
Hazel trees2
Mirabelle trees3
Pear trees5
Plum trees11
Quince trees1

Stock availabilitytop


Tree form


1-year31
2-year14
2-year bush-trained29
Patio-trained20
Half standard19
Standard 1.75m4
Cordon16
Fan-trained18
Espalier-trained18
Spindle-bush6

Supplied as


Bare-root31
Pot-grown29

Height after 10 years


Small (dwarf)22
Medium (semi-dwarf)28
Large (semi-vigorous)31
Full-size (standard)4

Rootstock


M1162
M254
M2628
M2720
M918
MM10631
MM1113
own-roots6

Usingtop


Picking season

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Very early
Early7
Mid11
Late14
Very late

Keeping

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Does not keep
1-3 days
1 week11
2-3 weeks7
1-2 months7
3 months or more7

Uses


Good for eating fresh25
Good for cooking11
Good for juice21
Good for cider4

Cooking result


Puree6
Textured puree1
Keeps shape3

Growingtop


Planting position


Full sun essential
Full sun preferred20
Tolerates partial shade10
Tolerates north-facing shade2

Flowering group

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1
28
320
43
5
61

Self-fertility

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Self-fertile5
Partially self-fertile9
Not self-fertile18

Ploidy

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Diploid30
Triploid2

Pollinating others

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Good7
Average22
Poor2

Vigour

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Weak growing2
Slightly small
Average growth26
Slightly large1
Large2
Very large1

Precocity

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Precocious10
Slow to start bearing

Cropping


Heavy18
Good12
Light1

Fruit bearing

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Spur-bearer22
Free-spurring
Partial tip-bearer10
Tip-bearer

Fruit persistence

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Normal ripening24
Fruit drops when ripe2
Ripens over a period2
Persistent

Bearing regularity

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Regular30
Biennial tendency1

Climatetop


Blossom frost-resistance

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Good resistance12
Some resistance3
Susceptible4

Can be grown in


Temperate climates32
Mild / damp climates15
Warm climates4

Disease resistancetop


General resistance

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Good23
Average8
Poor

Suitable for organic

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Organic / no-spray culture17

Canker

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Very resistant1
Some resistance6
Neutral
Some susceptibility3
Very susceptible

Scab

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Very resistant14
Some resistance5
Neutral
Some susceptibility5
Very susceptible

Mildew

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Very resistant
Some resistance7
Neutral
Some susceptibility1
Very susceptible

Silverleaf

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Very resistant
Some resistance
Neutral
Some susceptibility
Very susceptible

Fruit identificationtop


Country of origin


Canada1
Czech Republic1
New Zealand1
Sweden 1
United Kingdom26
United States1

Period of origin


1500 - 1549
1550 - 1599
1600 - 1649
1650 - 1699
1700 - 1749
1750 - 1799
1800 - 18494
1850 - 18995
1900 - 19497
1950 - 199912
20003

Fruit colour


Crimson1
Green6
Green - light1
Green / Yellow1
Orange / Red5
Orange flush6
Red10
Russet1

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Apple trees for the beginner

  • Apple trees
    Bardsey Apple trees

    Bardsey

    A hardy disease-resistant apple, discovered growing on an island off the west coast of Wales.  compare
    From £17.45 to £29.95
    Flowering: 2
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking | Juice 
  • Apple trees
    Bountiful Apple trees

    Bountiful

    Bountiful is an easy-to-grow cooking apple, it retains its shape when cooked, fairly sweet for a cooker.  compare
    From £17.45 to £54.95
    Flowering: 2
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Cooking 
  • Apple trees
    Bramley 20 Apple trees

    Bramley 20

    Bramley 20 is a naturally smaller version of Bramley's Seedling (the apples are the same size though).  compare
    From £17.45 to £54.95
    Flowering: 3(triploid)
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Cooking | Juice | Cider
  • Apple trees
    Bramley's Seedling Apple trees

    Bramley's Seedling

    Bramley is the essential English cooking apple, famous for its rich sharp acidity.  compare
    From £17.45 to £34.95
    Flowering: 3(triploid)
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Cooking | Juice | Cider
  • Apple trees
    Charles Ross Apple trees

    Charles Ross

    Charles Ross is a very attractive classic English dual-purpose apple.  compare
    From £17.45 to £30.95
    Flowering: 3
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking 
  • Apple trees
    Christmas Pippin Apple trees

    Christmas Pippin®

    Christmas Pippin is a new high-yielding Cox-style apple, discovered as a chance seedling tree.  compare
    From £17.45 to £54.95
    Flowering: 3
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Eating 
  • Apple trees
    Discovery Apple trees

    Discovery

    Discovery is the definitive early-season English apple variety, makes a good fruit tree for the garden.  compare
    From £17.45 to £54.95
    Flowering: 3
    Pick: Early-season
    Uses: Eating | Juice 
  • Apple trees
    Edward VII Apple trees

    Edward VII

    A trouble-free traditional English cooker, naturally disease-resistant.  compare
    Flowering: 6
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Cooking 
  • Apple trees
    Egremont Russet Apple trees

    Egremont Russet

    Egremont Russet is the most popular English russet variety, and a good apple tree for the garden.  compare
    From £17.45 to £54.95
    Flowering: 2partly self-fertile
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Eating 
  • Apple trees
    Fiesta Apple trees

    Fiesta®

    Fiesta (or Red Pippin) is one of the best Cox-style apples, easy to grow, with a good aromatic flavour.  compare
    From £17.45 to £54.95
    Flowering: 3partly self-fertile
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Eating | Juice 
  • Apple trees
    Greensleeves Apple trees

    Greensleeves

    Greensleeves is a reliable and popular mid-season green/yellow apple, easy to grow and productive.  compare
    From £17.45 to £30.95
    Flowering: 2partly self-fertile
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Eating | Juice 
  • Apple trees
    Grenadier Apple trees

    Grenadier

    Grenadier is an early-season cooking apple, and one of the most foolproof apple varieties.  compare
    From £17.45 to £29.95
    Flowering: 3partly self-fertile
    Pick: Early-season
    Uses: Cooking | Juice 
  • Apple trees
    Honeycrisp Apple trees

    Honeycrisp

    Honeycrisp is a new cold-hardy disease-resistant apple - it shows just how good modern apples have become.  compare
    From £17.45 to £29.95
    Flowering: 4
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Eating 
  • Apple trees
    James Grieve Apple trees

    James Grieve

    James Grieve is the classic Scottish cooking apple. It can also be eaten fresh, and is excellent for juice.  compare
    From £17.45 to £54.95
    Flowering: 3partly self-fertile
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking | Juice | Cider
  • Apple trees
    Katy Apple trees

    Katy

    Katy is an attractive and versatile early apple variety from Sweden, very easy to grow.  compare
    From £17.45 to £54.95
    Flowering: 3
    Pick: Early-season
    Uses: Eating | Cooking | Juice | Cider
  • Apple trees
    Keswick Codlin Apple trees

    Keswick Codlin

    Keswick Codlin is a popular early-season cooking apple, easy to grow, and productive in most climates.  compare
    From £17.45 to £29.95
    Flowering: 2partly self-fertile
    Pick: Early-season
    Uses: Cooking | Juice 
  • Apple trees
    Kidd's Orange Red Apple trees

    Kidd's Orange Red

    Kidd's Orange Red is one of the best Cox-style apples, aromatic, sweet, and easy to grow.  compare
    From £17.45 to £54.95
    Flowering: 3
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Eating | Juice 
  • Apple trees
    Limelight Apple trees

    Limelight

    Limelight is an attractive green mid-season dessert apple, ideal for gardens.  compare
    From £17.45 to £54.95
    Flowering: 3
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Eating | Juice 
  • Apple trees
    Little Pax Apple trees

    Little PaxTM

    A new English apple variety, recently discovered on the Isle of Wight - but its appearance and flavour hark back to the Victorian era.  compare
    From £17.95 to £34.95
    Flowering: 3
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Eating 
  • Apple trees
    Lord Derby Apple trees

    Lord Derby

    Lord Derby is a high-quality mid/late-season traditional English cooking apple, cooks to a chunky puree.  compare
    From £17.45 to £29.95
    Flowering: 4
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Cooking | Juice 
  • Apple trees
    Lord Lambourne Apple trees

    Lord Lambourne

    Lord Lambourne is a popular versatile garden apple variety, with a good balance of sweet and sharp flavours.  compare
    From £17.45 to £30.95
    Flowering: 2partly self-fertile
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Eating | Juice 
  • Apple trees
    Pixie Apple trees

    Pixie

    Pixie produces lots of small Cox-style apples, easy to grow and keep well.  compare
    From £17.45 to £29.95
    Flowering: 4
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Eating 
  • Apple trees
    Rajka Apple trees

    Rajka

    Rajka is a modern disease-resistant heavy-cropping apple variety with a good sweet/sharp flavour.  compare
    From £17.45
    Flowering: 3
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Eating | Juice 
  • Apple trees
    Red Devil Apple trees

    Red Devil

    Red Devil is a good apple variety for the UK garden, and produces a sweet red-tinted juice.  compare
    From £17.45 to £54.95
    Flowering: 3self-fertile
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Eating | Juice 
  • Apple trees
    Red Falstaff Apple trees

    Red Falstaff®

    Red Falstaff is one of the best garden apple trees, heavy crops, easy to grow, and very juicy.  compare
    From £17.45 to £54.95
    Flowering: 3self-fertile
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Eating | Juice 
  • Apple trees
    Red Windsor Apple trees

    Red Windsor®

    Red Windsor is one of the easiest to grow of all dessert apple trees, and with a pleasant apple flavour.  compare
    From £17.45 to £54.95
    Flowering: 2self-fertile
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Eating 
  • Apple trees
    Rosette Apple trees

    Rosette®

    Probably the best-flavoured of the pink-fleshed apple varieties, and produces lovely pink juice.  compare
    From £17.45 to £54.95
    Flowering: 2
    Pick: Early-season
    Uses: Eating | Juice 
  • Apple trees
    Saturn Apple trees

    Saturn

    An attractive modern English apple, crisp flesh and an excellent flavour.  compare
    From £17.45
    Flowering: 3
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Eating | Juice 
  • Apple trees
    Scrumptious Apple trees

    Scrumptious®

    Scumptious is a modern award-winning early-season English dessert apple.  compare
    From £17.45 to £54.95
    Flowering: 3self-fertile
    Pick: Early-season
    Uses: Eating 
  • Apple trees
    Spartan Apple trees

    Spartan

    Spartan produces lots of crimson maroon apples, crunchy, sweet, easy to grow, delicate "vinous" flavour.  compare
    From £17.45 to £54.95
    Flowering: 3partly self-fertile
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Eating | Juice 
  • Apple trees
    Sunset Apple trees

    Sunset

    Sunset is a popular garden alternative to Cox, easier to grow, with a sweet aromatic flavour.  compare
    From £17.45 to £54.95
    Flowering: 3self-fertile
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Eating | Juice 
  • Apple trees
    Worcester Pearmain Apple trees

    Worcester Pearmain

    Worcester Pearmain is a well-known early-season English apple, noted for its strawberry-like flavours.  compare
    From £17.45 to £54.95
    Flowering: 3partly self-fertile
    Pick: Early-season
    Uses: Eating