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Apple 'Family Apple Tree'

Malus domestica, Patio fruit tree

Hardy Tree

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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). Harvest from September. Apple rootstock: MM106. Height and spread if not containerised: 4m (13').

Estimated time to cropping once planted: 2 years.
Estimated time to best yields: 4 years.

  • Family apple tree varieties:
  • Apple 'James Grieve' – An excellent dual-use apple for cooking and eating with and RHS AGM.
  • Apple 'Sunset'– A popular dessert apple that makes a nice compact alternative to Cox with a delicious, crisp flavour.
  • Apple 'Discovery' – Regarded to be the finest tasting dessert apple, with a rich aromatic flavour and crisp, juicy texture.

Due to a current shortage of the named varieties, all of our stock of ‘Family Trees’ will include a balanced mix of varieties with similar growth vigour and importantly offer very good pollination to ensure fruit on each variety each year.


Useful links:

How to grow fruit trees Fruit rootstock guide 

Culinary note: Some parts of these flowers are edible. For more details about edible flowers click here.

Ideal For:
patio, kitchen garden, wildlife gardens
Flowering Period:
April, May
full sun
    • 1 apple tree

    • Despatch:
    • £29.99
    • Out of stock

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.

Due to local government restrictions, we are no longer able to supply this variety to the Channel Islands.

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.

Please see our Delivery / P&P page for further details and details of any surcharges that may apply to certain destinations.

  1. Not what's advertised

    By Laura Grimmer 11-04-2016

    Tree came as expected and in good condition. It wasn't until a week or so later that I realised the varieties grafted onto the rootstock were not what was advertised. Very disappointed with TM.


    Thank you for your review. I am very sorry to learn of your disappointment with your purchase. At your earliest convenience please contact our Customer Care Department at, one of our agents will be more than happy to look into this further for you.

  2. Really pleased with this

    By Maggie McLean 05-06-2012

    Our tree came in February and we potted it up in a large pot and followed the instructions. Within 2 weeks it came into bud, April we had lots of blossom and by May we had little apples forming. Some have dropped and we now have 6 apples (2 per variety) which are getting bigger. This is great for the first year and more than I expected or could have hoped for. Looking forward to tasting our own grown apples in a few months.

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