Heritage Fruit Trees
We have all but lost many types and varieties of fruit tree over the last 50 years or so. We've worked hard with our suppliers to make some rare and interesting trees available again. You'll find some hard to come by and historic fruit trees for sale here; iron age cherry trees, quaint sounding perry pears and odd looking medlars. There is a good range of more traditional heritage fruit varieties too, harking back to at least Victorian times.
Apple trees are a whole different ball game, and found here in their own section.
Value For Wildlife
Many of these trees are highly ornamental and, of course, a tremendous resource for nature. Fruit trees are an invaluable source of spring forage for bees in particular, but also provide a great (and increasingly rare) habitat for a wide range of wildlife and associated flora. This is partly because of their life span; they don't last long, and their dead or dying wood provides a home for some of our most intriguing creatures and fungi.
Delicious To Eat
They're also very helpful for the keen cook, of course. Just because a variety has gone out of fashion doesn't mean it wasn't super delicious. 'Victoria'" dominated UK plum production a hundred years ago not because it tasted great off the tree; it yields a fantastic amount of fruit and makes lovely jam, at a time when that's what was wanted.
The Plants We Sell
All our fruit trees are grown in the UK and sourced from small family run nurseries. Typically we sell them as small "maiden" plants, although if you wanted something bigger please ask and we might well be able to help. Ask too if you're after something unusual which we don't list and we'll see if we can find it or persuade someone to grow it for you.
We donate half of our profits from fruit tree sales to Common Ground.
Fruit Trees Advice & Guides
Which fruit trees should I grow?
A guide to choosing your fruit trees.
Helpful fruit trees
Some ideas to inspire you.
Planting bare root plants (Video)
Our video guide on how to plant your bare root fruit plants.