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Apple and Pear Family Collection

Malus domestica, Pyrus communis

Hardy Tree

  • Family trees ideal for the patio fruit garden.

An entire orchard on just one tree! Family fruit trees have three different varieties grafted onto one stem, which will pollinate each other and crop at different times to extend the picking season. Perfect for the smaller garden with room for only one tree; and even suited to growing in a large patio container (holding at least 30 litres of compost). Apple rootstock: MM106. Pear rootstock: Quince A. Height and spread if not containerised: 4m (13').


Estimated time to cropping once planted: 2 years.
Estimated time to best yields: 5 years.


Collection comprises 1 family apple tree and 1 family pear. Harvest from September.


  • Family apple tree varieties:
  • Apple 'James Grieve' – An excellent dual-use apple for cooking and eating.
  • Apple 'Discovery' – An ever-popular early variety of dessert apple with a refreshing juicy flavour.
  • Apple 'Sunset' – A good alternative to the desirable 'Cox' variety, and much easier to grow.

  • Family pear varieties:
  • Pear 'Conference' – One of the best known dessert pears, and tolerant of even cold, shady positions.
  • Pear 'Williams Bon Chretien' – Often simply known as 'Williams', the fruits of this superb pear turn yellow as flesh ripens.
  • Pear 'Doyenne du Comice' – A classic dessert pear with a sweet, juicy flavour.

Useful links:

How to grow fruit treesFruit rootstock guide

Ideal For:
patio, kitchen garden, wildlife gardens
Flowering Period:
April, May
Position:
full sun
    • 2 trees - 1 of each variety

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Plant patio fruit trees in containers holding at least 30 litres of good quality compost such as John Innes No.3. Alternatively plant them in any well drained soil in a sheltered sunny position. Plant fruit trees at their original soil level, firm them into the ground and water well.

Feed and water containerised plants regularly. Prune only the tips of the main branches by one third in winter. Some sub branches can be pruned out when necessary at the union where they join the main branch, to allow new sub branches to take their place.


In order to produce the best quality, largest fruits, the apples and pears should be thinned in July leaving two fruits remaining per cluster.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes etc are delivered at the appropriate time for planting and will be stated on the product page or in your order acknowledgement page and email.


Orders for packets of seed incur a P&P charge of £1.95.
Orders which include any other products will incur a P&P charge of £4.95.
Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products a maximum P&P charge of £6.90 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.


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