Scottish Heritage Fruit Trees

We supply the finest Scottish apple, pear, plum and cherry trees, selected to be most suitable for Scotland’s growing conditions. We  also have hardy soft fruit bushes, red and black currants, gooseberry, raspberry, and various nuts. 
We want to make the ordering process as easy as possible. We have a wide range of stock and are happy to advise on the best choices. 
Stocklist and Ordering form. (word) 

Stocklist /Order form in PDF  

We supply both  Scottish Heritage varieties and productive modern varieties extensively trialled in Scotland.  Being hardy these varieties are also suitable for northern England, Wales and Ireland. Most of our heritage varieties were grafted originally from budwood from John Butterworth’s collection in Ayrshire, and also from various National Trust for Scotland properties. We are very grateful to our many friends and partners who help us gather the old varieties and share their budwood. 
Please note that our stock complies with Scottish Government plant passport regulations.   


John Hancox  (BSc Hons) 0778 606 3918 
 Scottish Fruit Trees, 2 Kelvinside Terrace West, Glasgow, G20 6DA
Fruit Trees and Orchard Consultancy: We advise on orchard design and suitable varieties for Scotland’s different growing conditions.  We  also plant and maintain orchards across Scotland and deliver skills training to help people maintain their fruit trees and orchards. 
We have experience of orchard development with a very wide range of  gardeners, landowners, farmers, schools and community groups, and delivered practical training to give people the skills and confidence to grow fruit successfully.  We want people to enjoy planting, harvesting and eating fruit, they have grown themselves.

Fruitful Schools Do
- helping children grow 
School orchards have proved really popular - and we have worked with hundreds of Scottish Schools. There are various good things about school orchards - but one of the best things is how well the cycle of fruit growing fits with the school year. You plant in late autumn to spring, enjoy blossom, and come back from holidays in time for the harvest. It’s perfect for schools.  

“they are lovely trees - we are very pleased! Thanks.” 

 Who we are? 
We are a  Social Enterprise, committed to improving the environment of Scotland, and the health and wellbeing of the people. John Hancox, Director of Scottish Fruit Trees, and has been an enthusiast for fruit growing since childhood, and believes everyone should have the pleasure of planting, harvesting and eating fruit fresh from the tree. 
John has done a huge amount to encourage the resurgence of fruit growing across Scotland. John Hancox has also developed the Fruitful Schools and Commonwealth Orchard projects, to help develop community food growing in Scotland. John Hancox is also a member of the Scottish Governments Grow Your Own Working Group and has given evidence to the Scottish Parliament on the health and community benefits of fruit growing. John also organises the Holyrood apple day, at the Scottish Parliament. 
How we work? 
We sell Scottish and heritage fruit trees. These can be to individual gardeners, schools, community groups, and also to businesses, farmers, and landowners or really anyone wanting to grow fruit. 
We  recommend our popular 8 tree orchard packs which consists usually of 4 apples, 2 plums and 2 pears. These are ideal for schools or community groups wanting to start, as well as individual growers. We choose varieties which we think will best suit your conditions - though we very happy to discuss your requirements.  

Does fruit grow in Scotland? YES! 
Scotland has a long tradition of fruit growing, dating back to Medieval times, when pears and other fruit where planted by churches and abbeys. There is currently an upsurge in interest in fruit growing and development of school orchards, and community orchards for the benefit of the wider community, as well as farms and landowners realising the commercial demand for Scottish grown fruit.  

Growing fruit in Scotland has a long history, and many of the diseases of apples - such as Codling moth do not effect Scotland. So long as suitable varieties are chosen you should have no problem in growing fruit here. 

Which is the best fruit to grow? 
Apples are the most hardy fruit for growing in Scotland  and plums also are very good. Pears are a bit more wind sensitive, so need more shelter, but still are very well worth growing. There are cases of apples growing at the extreme north of Scotland - such as apple Arthur Turner growing in Ullapool, and the Coul Blush apple originating in Ross-shire. Selecting suitable varieties is key to successful and easy fruit growing.

Please ask our advice
There is nothing like specialist knowledge and fruitful advice.  John Hancox, is happy to discuss your needs, and to suggest varieties, orchard design, and other aspects of fruit growing. John also has extensive knowledge of developing school and community orchards, funding sources for orchards, and is also keen on training and working with likeminded people to support each other. 
We are able to do site visits, and give advice and training on a consultancy basis. We can help with planting, pruning, and practical aspects of orchard design and care. 

John Hancox  (BSc Hons) 0778 606 3918 
 Scottish Fruit Trees, 2 Kelvinside Terrace West, Glasgow, G20 6DA
hardy and delicious fruit trees  to suit Scottish conditions 
Tel 0778 606 3918
Helping People Grow and making fruit growing a pleasure for people across Scotland
John Hancox
the Apple Man”
Fruit trees are also really beautiful in blossom.
there’s something magic about apples straight from the tree.
Creating a Fruitful Scotland for our children and theirs
Coul Blush Apple 
“Scotland’s most northerly apple”
A fine Perthshire Pear”
Harvesting fruit is fun