Apple Trees

Why Heritage Apple Trees?

It's difficult to find most of our heritage apples for sale 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. We don't cook as much so don't need different varieties of cookers. Because we don't eat traditional old apple varieties we're unfamiliar with them, and don't plant heritage apple trees as a result.

We think that's a terrible shame, and not just because they can taste so delicious.

Britain has a rich history of apple trees and has the perfect climate for them; there are English, Scottish and Welsh varieties listed here. 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.

Value For Wildlife

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 wildlife. Other kinds of heritage fruit trees can do the same job too. Not only is the blossom great for pollinators, including bees, but you'll also find a lot of standing dead and dying wood in an orchard, as the trees are relatively short-lived.

Which Apple Trees Should I Buy?

Have a look at our guide to planting, which will explain apple rootstocks and planting distances, and pollination groups. You'll also find lots of helpful advice in the resources below.

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.

How do I store apples?
How to pick and store apples, and which varieties store best.

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.