Apple Trees

Many of our old apples are difficult to buy now. Sometimes that's because - well - they don't taste great. More often, though, it's because they store badly, or bruise when travelling, or look funny, or the trees don't yield enough. Because we don't eat heritage variety apples we don't plant heritage variety apple trees.

We think that's a terrible shame.

Britain has a rich history of apple trees. They are associated with the areas - or even villages - they come from. Here in Somerset we are in cider land, and are surrounded by villages with their own apple varieties - Yarlington Mill, Kingston Black...

Many varieties have their own stories to tell. You can find the apples Captain Cook took on his voyages here, or, incredibly, even buy direct descendants from the tree under which Isaac Newton sat.

Not only that, but old fashioned apple trees can provide a rich, attractive and varied habitat for some our of rarest flora and fauna - as well as some of our more familiar friends. Other kinds of heritage fruit trees can do the same job too.

Have a look at our guide to planting, which will explain apple rootstocks and planting distances, and pollination groups.

We donate half of our profits from online apple tree sales to Common Ground.

Apple Trees Advice & Guides

Choosing your apple trees
The questions you need to answer to decide which variety is for you.

Why heritage apple trees?
Good reasons to buy British apple trees

Planting bare root plants (Video)
Our video guide on how to plant your bare root apple plants.