Our range of dwarfing and non-dwarfing fruit trees, nuts, berries.
Heritage apple varieties on DWARF rootstock. These apples are ideal for back yards, small orchards, espaliers or anywhere where space is tight. Varieties ripen from Christmas to July providing 6 months of fruit. Wee included some more recent varieties as well as historic ones. There are excellent eating apples, cookers, big, small, common and unusual. Something for every occasion.
Heritage apple varieties on SEMI-DWARFING rootstock. These apples are ideal a free-standing tree, rather than espaliering. They are a little more vigorous than our dwarfing trees.
Step-over apple trees on EXTRA-DWARFING rootstocks. These highly sought-after trees can make productive hedges half a metre in height. Ideal for edging garden and vegetable beds, or a striking ornamental hedge. We tend to select later ripening varieties so that the fruit are hanging after the leaves have fallen. See our article on step-overs for more information.
Cider apple trees on SEMI-DWARFING rootstocks. These are a selection of specialty cider varieties from the English and French cider traditions. They make superior cider (in the right hands!) and are to the cider world as to the Pinot Noir or Chardonnay are to the world of wine.
Crab apple trees on SEMI-DWARFING rootstocks. These are considered as ornamentals, but can be used in juicing to offset the sweeter apple or pear. Highly regarded as pollinators for apple varieties because of their prolific flowering.
Pear trees on DWARFING rootstocks. Dwarfing forms allow these pears to bear much earlier and make more manageable trees than the huge old pear trees seen on old farms. "Pears for your heirs" was the old adage pointing to their longevity, slowness of growth and bearing, and eventual large sized tree. The French (and Belgians) have been responsible for bringing pear culture to it's peak in the 1700s.
Select from our range of Perry pears on Dwarfing rootstocks.
Cherry trees on DWARFING rootstocks. The sweet cherry varieties we grow have been developed from the European bird cherry (Prunus avium), while the sour cherries (which are still tangy as well as sweet) have been developed from Prunus cerasus, a wild cherry from Asia. Cherries definitely need protection from birds and many growing methods have been developed to accommodate this eg. espalier, spanish bush or fans so that they can be netted.
Plum trees on NON-DWARFING rootstocks. The so-called European Plums we sell were introduced into Europe from Syria and Persia and are the product of long selection and development over the last 1000 years. Plums have pale greenish yellow flesh and rich sugary flavour, ripening in February. Generally two varieties are needed for cross pollination, although there are some that are self fertile. Esplaiering these shuold be done on a fan shape only.
Old style peaches on non-dwarfing rootstock. These are best grown as free-standing trees to 3-4m but can be espaliered in a FAN shape effectively keeping it below 1.8m.
Quince trees on DWARFING rootstocks. Closely related to the pear, quinces are attractive trees, and the fruit wonderfully aromatic - treasured for cooking, tarts, preserves and jellies.
Old style Nectarines on non-dwarfing rootstock. These are best grown as free-standing trees to 3-4m but can be espaliered in a FAN shape effectively keeping it below 1.8m.
Apricot trees on SEMI-DWARFING rootstocks. These are best grown as free-standing trees to 3-4m but can be espaliered in a FAN shape effectively keeping it below 1.8m. The Moorpark produces a smaller tree, and can be kept smaller on an espalier as well. Medlars produce small trees or can be espaliered easily to 1.5m.
Rootstocks are used for grafting and budding onto. If you know or want to learn how to graft or bud, you can propagate yourself. This year we offer a handful of rootstocks, but sorry no quince or pears.
A selection of raspberries, blackberries, logans, blueberries, currants and other edible berries for the garden.
Hazelnuts and almonds. Hazels are great for mass hedging, but can be trained into a small tree. Almond pollination can be tricky but this self-fertile one allows you to grow plenty with just one tree.
Tonda di Giffoni is an excellent tasting nut with rounded kernel. Pollination of hazelnuts is complex, and to make it easy, we recommend having 3 other varieties to set fruit. Hazelnuts produce a large bush that suckers, although can be trained / pruned into a low tree with a single stem.
A grape famous for producing a white wine with light and fruity flavours. Suitable for growing in cold climates - does well especially in Victoria and Tasmania. Grapes prefer full sun, a well drained sandy soil and dont need a lot of water once established. A trellis system is essential - a simple 1.5-1.8m high by 3m should do per plant. They require...
A Tasmanian table grape, suitable for growing in cold climates - does well especially in Victoria and Tasmania. Heavy cropping, firm sweet fruit with few seeds. Grapes prefer full sun, a well drained sandy soil and dont need a lot of water once established. A trellis system is essential - a simple 1.5-1.8m high by 3m should do per plant. They require...
A well known table grape, plump black fruit. This grape dates back to the 1850's, often called Muscat de Hamburg, Black Muscat among others. Prefers a warm position for best ripening. Grapes prefer full sun, a well drained sandy soil and dont need a lot of water once established. A trellis system is essential - a simple 1.5-1.8m high by 3m should do per...
A very famous apple - a classic red apple with a distinctive shape. Red, with a yellow stripe, with a mild sweet flavour, and firm flesh. Discovered as a chance seedling in Iowa 1880 where it was called Hawkeye, and later sold to Starks Brothers who renamed it Delicious. It has enjoyed huge success as a commercial apple, up to as recently as 10-20 years...
A self-fertile sweet apricot with good-quality fruit, suitable for eating fresh, preserving, drying, etc. A orange/yellow skinned apricot with good flavour. These can be espaliered in a Fan shape only or be grown on a trellis. See the article on Apricots for details.
A self-fertile large firm apricot with good-quality fruit, suitable for canning, preserving, drying, and eating. A classic orange colour skinned apricot with good flavour. These can be espaliered in a Fan shape only or be grown on a trellis. See the article on Apricots for details.