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Fruit Tree Information

Fruit Trees at Kirkdale NurseryBelow are descriptions of some of our fruit trees.

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Apple    Pear    Damson (Plum)    Plum

 

Apple

Apple “Bramley” (Cooking, Late Season)
A reliable, fairly heavy cropper, producing sweet and juicy green fruit that ripen in early October and can be stored until March. “Bramley” is the most popular cooking apple in Britain. This vigorous tree is relatively large, reaching heights of up to 4.5m. Long lived. Very resistant to scab and has some mildew resistance. RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Apple “Discovery” (Dessert, Early Season)
An excellent early apple with delicious crisp and juicy fruit, pink/bright scarlet in colour. The fruit ripen in late August/early September. Best eaten when newly picked, they don’t do too well in storage (though better than most early varieties). Excellent juicer. Scab and mildew resistant, frost tolerant and grows successfully all over the UK. Relatively compact and grows to a height of up to 4m after 10 years. Unsuitable for wet sites. RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Apple “Ellison’s Orange” (Dessert, Mid Season)
A fantastic old variety that produces crisp red fruit, which ripen in late September/late October. Keep very well in the storage, during which the aniseed flavour develops. Excellent juicer. A good alternative to the “Cox” variety; it is easier to grow and more suitable for the Northern British climate. Highly resistant to scab and mildew and frost tolerant. Grows up to 4.5m after 10 years. Unsuitable for a wet site. RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Apple “Greensleaves” (Dessert, Mid Season)
A reliable and easy to grow dessert apple, producing heavy crops of crisp golden yellow fruit with a hint of pink from an early age. The fruit ripen in mid September/early October (can be stored until late October) and have a sweet, refreshing taste. Excellent juicer. Disease and scab resistant as well as frost tolerant. Compact tree, well suited to smaller gardens. Grows up to 3m in height after 10 years. RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Apple “Grenadier” (Cooking, Early Season)
A good, heavy cropping and reliable cooking apple, considered by many to be superior to “Bramley”. No longer widely grown; the large green fruit has an unattractive appearance, however it has an excellent flavour for a wide variety of culinary uses and is perfect for apple pies. The fruit ripens over a number of weeks, ending by mid-August, and should be consumed within a week of picking. Disease resistant, very hardy and easier to care for than “Bramley”. Compact and grows to a height of 2.5-3m at maturity. Self fertile.

Apple “James Grieve” (Dessert & Cooking, Mid Season)
One of the most highly regarded apples. Has a very sharp taste and is suitable for cooking (during which it keeps its shape) when picked early or, if picked later, has an outstanding sweeter and milder taste, making it a superb dessert apple. Also an excellent juicer, considered the best by many. Reliable cropper, producing bright red fruit that should be picked during early or late September, and should not be stored for longer than 1-2 months. Average level of disease resistance and well suited to northern climates. Grows to a height of up to 3.5m at maturity. RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Apple Trees at Kirkdale NurseryApple “Laxton’s Superb” (Dessert, Late Season)
A classic heavy cropping apple and a staff favourite. Firm red/green fruit with an interesting combination of sweet flavours. The fruit should be picked in early October and can be stored for up to 2 months. Tolerant of cold winters, more so than “Cox’s Orange Pippin”. Grows to a height of 4m at maturity. Resistant to mildew but can be prone to scab. RHS Award of Garden Merit. Can develop a biennial cropping tendency over time. Self fertile.

Apple “Egremont Russet” (Dessert, Mid/Late season)
The most popular Russet apple, a classic Victorian variety producing reliable crops of firm, medium sized dull gold fruit with a unique sweet and nutty flavour. Should be picked during late September and October. Resistant to scab, mildew and canker. Very hardy and vigorous, reaching 2.5-3m at maturity. RHS Award of Garden Merit. Partially self fertile and produces fruit by itself, but higher yields if planted near to a pollinating partner.

Apple “Spartan” (Dessert, Late season)
A popular variety that produces small crisp fruit which are shiny and dark red/purple in colour with white flesh. Reliable and heavy cropping. The fruit should be picked in late October/early November once they are red/purple all over; this allows the flavour to fully develop. Softens in storage, and should be stored until January at the latest. Excellent juicer. Good scab and mildew resistance, but can be prone to canker in wetter areas. Excellent pollinator, and partially self fertile; produces higher yields with another pollinator. Grows to a height of around 3m at maturity and suitable for small gardens. Originates from Canada.

Apple “Sunset” (Dessert, Mid season)
A popular and relatively new variety. Similar to “Cox” but easier to grow and thrives in areas unsuitable for that variety, particularly Northern England and Scotland. Produces heavy crops of aromatic crisp fruit with an intense sharp flavour, gold in colour with red and orange stripes. The fruit ripens in late August and should be picked in mid September; it can also be stored until December if desired, in a refrigerator. A good juicer. Very attractive blossom. Good disease resistance, particularly to scab. Hardy and compact. Grows to a height of around 3m at maturity. RHS Award of Garden Merit. Self fertile, but higher yields with cross pollination.

Apple “Worcester Pearmain” (Dessert, Mid season)
A reliable heavy cropper, producing fairly large and crisp bright red/orange fruit with a sweet strawberry flavour. The fruit should be picked in September and stored for a few weeks until October. Excellent juicer. Very attractive blossom. Well suited to colder conditions. Mildew resistant. Grows to a height of around 2.5m at maturity. RHS Award of Garden Merit. Self fertile, but produces higher yields with cross pollination.

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Pear

Pear “Conference” (Dessert, Mid/Late season)
The most well-known and popular variety in Britain, originating from the 19th century. A fairly heavy and reliable cropper that produces sweet, juicy fruit which should be picked in late September and ripen during October. Suitable for fertile, well drained soils. Tolerates shade but should receive as much sun as possible for better fruit quality. Also suitable for wet and cold conditions (relatively high frost resistance) and can be reliably grown anywhere in the UK. Grows to a height of around 3.5m at maturity. Has some susceptibility to canker, mildew and scab, although these can be prevented by spraying the tree when necessary. RHS Award of Garden Merit. Self fertile, but cross pollinates particularly well with “Williams Bon Chretien”.

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Damson (Plum)

Damson “Merryweather” (Dessert/Cooking, Mid season)
A popular variety that is easy to grow. Produces heavy crops of large blue/black fruit (similar in size to plums) which ripen in late August/September.   Flowers in April/May. The fruit can be eaten raw or cooked, and is particularly well suited to jams. Good disease resistance and one of the hardiest fruit trees available, tolerating cold, exposed and wet conditions. Suitable for all well-drained soils except acidic soils and prefers full sun, but will tolerate partial shade. Grows to a height of 3.5m. Self fertile.

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Plum

Plum “Victoria” (Dessert/Cooking, Mid season)
Introduced in the 1840’s, “Victoria” is the most popular variety of plum in Britain. Produces heavy and reliable crops of delicious, sweet and juicy red fruit with yellow flesh during August and September. This variety is famous for breaking under the weight of the crop. The fruit should be picked in late August, and can be used for cooking, jams and desserts or eaten straight from the tree. Suitable for rich soils. Can reach up to 4m in height but can be easily maintained at around 2-3m if desired or for smaller gardens. Can be susceptible to disease. RHS Award of Garden Merit. Self fertile.

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