Garden Plants:Fruit Trees

The Cloudesley


The garden here is a conventional town garden but by planting columns and espaliers against the west and south facing walls, a great diversity of fruiting trees have been squeezed into a relatively average sized space.

APPLES

Bardsey - still quite rare. From an ancient apple found growing on Bardsey island, Wales. Supposedly has a slight lemon scent. Dual purpose culinary and dessert apple. A good apple but not quite as intense in taste as other apples here.

Broadholme Beauty - Another new dual purpose. Said to be naturally sweet, hence less sugar is required for cooking, making it suitable for diabetes sufferers. The taste is stronger than Bardsey. This apple is allegedly superior to the traditional Bramley cooking apple. Quite sharp until later in the season.

Egremont Russet - In the garden this apple tastes quite different to its namesake at the supermarket. The home-grown taste is superb. Known for its slightly 'nutty' taste. Very delicious.

Hereford Russet - One of the best modern apples available. A russet with a Cox taste but significantly tougher and easier to cultivate than Cox. An exceptional apple.

Holstein - Described as 'rich, crisp and aromatic', I picked mine a little too early in the season in the first year, waited a little longer in second to get an opportunity to appreciate what this apple is about. 'Red Holstein' was voted world champion apple 2010. Mine, regular Holstein, is truly delicious as is.

Pitmaston Pineapple - Small yellow fruit but with more than just a hint of pineapple. This apple is very sweet and very tasty, quite unlike a standard cox or some of the more traditional varieties. Not as tough as others in the garden but well worth trying if you can offer a more sheltered location. Another favorite apple.

Pixie - A cox-like taste in a smaller sized apple, as the name suggests. Excellent.

Reine de reinettes (King of the Pippins) - The traditional variety for making Tarte Tatin.

Winter Gem - allegedly, winner of many taste trials;it has been a disappointment. Described as having a slight aniseed taste, I would describe it instead as somewhat bitter. Not an apple I would personally recommend.

PEARS

Doyenne du Comice - The sweetest and most delicious pear in my garden. In the first year it was attacked by an insect/parasite, shrivelling up its leaves and severely stunting its growth. This year it has fared much better.

Concorde - Excellent with relatively large and juicy fruit. Recommended

Invincible - A dual purpose cooker and eater and as its name suggests a very reliable and heavy cropper. Sadly, though, not a very delicious eating apple but good for culinary use.

PLUMS

Blue Tit - Came highly recommended. Have not yet had sufficient fruit to judge its quality.

Opal - a German plum. Quite sweet and juicy plums in abundance on my small tree last year.

FIGS

Brown Turkey - The most common fig sold in UK garden centres, with a good combination of hardiness and sweetness. An excellent variety for most situations, possibly even northern gardens.

Precote de Dalmatie - Apparently with among the sweetest tasting of all figs, my tree is still too juvenile to produce fruit.

Violetta - Extremely tough for a fig. Apparently able to withstand -20ºC, according to literature. The fruit, however, are not as sweet as Brown Turkey although similar in appearance.