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"The best time to plant a fruit tree is 20 years ago 

The next best time is now!"

John Hancox 

0778 606 3918

Order Now for the 2019/20 Bare Root Season

The 2019/20 stocklist, prices, and order form can be downloaded here. Note that stock is limited so ordering early is recommended.

How to order? 

Getting the right variety for your location is really important for success and we are delighted to help you. Our stockist includes descriptions of the different varieties  and there is an order form at the end (a long way back). We have also posted the stocklist in the webpage below - as occasionally people have difficulty with word or pdfs. 

Because we have so many varieties of trees, and also because Scotland's growing conditions are so diverse, we don't offer an online shopping cart or click and collect.  We also often are asked to select suitable trees for training into cordon or espalier forms. None of this makes it easy to fit into a click box approach. 

We like talking to people and making sure that the varieties you are selecting are good choices for your area. Often the best way is to ring to discuss your potential order in the first instance -  John is at 0778 606 3918. Or email me a wish list and I'll check availability and suitability.  It is very helpful to have details of the site, photos of the site, and information on soil conditions sent by email prior to the call. (, or fill  the web enquiry form below with your preferred choices and quantities

To order,  look through our stocklist and then email through a  list of what you want, or send back our Order Form .  We will then generate an invoiced send it though to you. Payment can be made by cheque or by bank transfer. Last year we even received a postal order!  

We are not geared up to take card payments by phone (we are often out of he office so this just isn't possible).  

For larger projects give us a call to discuss our consultation service.  Visits (which John does enjoy) can only be made by arrangement and not at our busier times - otherwise orders don't get dispatched!  

Fruit trees make special presents as well for weddings, birthdays and other occasions. Our vouchers (to any value) work well as they allow the recipient the chance to select their own varieties. What we do is bespoke a voucher with a message from you - and send to you to print or email on. Phone to discuss 

More about how to Order 

Trees usually cost £25 per tree plus carriage. We also have a limited range of larger 3 and 4 year trees available, and can also supply wholesale orders.  Discuss prices for these options. 

Our Scottish Orchard Packs offer good value and a simplified order process with these we are happy to select suitable varieties for your location. 

  • Please ask us for prices for bulk orders - postage and packing £15 per bundle of up to 8 trees. 

  • Stakes, ties, labels, and other orchard essentials can be supplied.  

  • We can also provide a fair variety of Scottish soft fruit listed. 

  • Please send the order and payment prior to dispatch of goods.

Cheques payable to “The Children’s Orchard” to:

The Children’s Orchard.

2 Kelvinside Terrace West, Glasgow G20 6DA.

Alternatively, if you email us this completed order form we will generate an invoice with details for a bank transfer.

If in doubt - contact John Hancox: 0778 606 3918 or

Online enquiry / order form

Thanks! We'll be in touch soon.

Orchard Packs

Read about our selection packs of delicious fruit trees.

Fruitful Presents

Why not give the gift of fruit? From tasty trees to tokens.


FAQ information 


help with orchard planning 

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Alderman (in stock: Yes)
A 1920’s Scottish variety, grafted from John Butterworth’s Collection, cooks to a sharp Puree.
Allington Pippin (in stock: Yes)
Very nice eater - which I grow in Glasgow – very clean and scab resistant. It is highly recommended as a quality eating apple for Scotland. 
Ard Cairn Russet (in stock: Yes) 
From Cork, Ireland c. 1890 as identified orchard tree – grows well in Perthshire and in the Borders. Creamy, yellow, firm with a sweet russet taste.

Bakers Delicious (in stock: Yes)
A wonderful tasting apple of Welsh origin 1932 which is growing well in East Lothian and copes well with wet conditions. Highly recommended.     


Belle de Boskoop (in stock: Yes)
Pleasant dual use apple which grows well in Scotland (Dutch origin) – eats well and is used to make nice ciders.

Beauty of Moray (in stock: Yes) 
Moray – a fine hardy, dual-use variety – keeps its shade well on cooking.
Bardsey Apple / new for 2019 (in stock: Yes)    
One of the rarer apples – being found in 1999 on the windswept Bardsey Island in North Wales. It was found near the medieval Abbey and was likely introduced by monks. Surviving in harsh west coast conditions it’s a good choice for similar west coast island locations in Scotland. 
Bloody Ploughman / good eater (in stock: Yes)
Due to the popularity of this variety we have budded loads. Delicious and a spectacular deep red colour. Perthshire  - and said to have sprung from the bloodied heart of a ploughman shot for scrumping.
Cambusnethan Pippin (in stock: Yes)
This is one of Scotland’s best eating apples. It is a firm crisp Cox type apple with a slightly nutty taste. Also, it keeps well. Origins - Clyde Valley.
Carlisle Codlin (in stock: Yes)    
Carlisle Codlin is a great cooker from the North and grown extensively around the Lake District.
Cats Head (in stock: Yes)
An excellent and ancient cooker (English 1629) with a long history of being grown in Edinburgh and the Lothians – one for cat lovers.

Christmas Pippin  / eater – good keeper (in stock: Yes)
Grows well in Central Belt and further south – I wouldn’t be confident it would ripen further North. The edible Christmas tree.

Clydeside (in stock: Yes)
Clyde Valley a reliable cooker, with good-sized, clean fruit. Makes a good quality, juicy puree.

Coul Blush / eater (in stock: Yes)
An Eater from Ross-shire (Scotland’s most north growing variety) raised at Coul, Ross-shire in 1827. Gold with faint flush. Sweet, soft cream flesh. Also makes good sauce. It’s also an ingredient in Caorunn gin.

Court Pendu Plat / Roman origin (in stock: Yes)
Court Pendu Plat is a very rare, very old apple. The name probably means ''short stalk' in French. Believed to have been introduced to Britain by the Romans, it was widely cultivated in the days of Queen Elizabeth 1st, and known as 'The Wise Apple' as it blossomed very late and so was not damaged by frost. It is now extremely rare, and I’m keen to ensure it survives as a variety.
Cox Pomona (in stock: Yes)
Slough 1825 – a probable seedling of Ribston Pippin, Striking red flush over yellow fruit. Eaten fresh brisk and crisp, and makes a good baked apple. Pomona is the Goddess of apples – which is my kind.

Cutler Grieve / New for 2019 (in stock: Yes)
Edinburgh, 1912. A fine red skinned Scottish eater, sister of the James Grieve raised by Mr Grieve in Edinburgh.

Devonshire Quarrenden (in stock: Yes)
(Known in Ireland as “Blood of the Boyne".) Excellent eater - has been grown in Scotland for 200 years plus. Arose Devon or France before 1670. Widely-grown throughout UK in 19th century. Dark crimson flush on yellow background. Eaten early, good, strawberry flavour.

Early Julyan / Tam Montgomery - eater (in stock: Yes)
I really like this as an early eater – with an interesting vibrant lemon taste. Grows well across Scotland.

East Lothian Pippin (in stock: Yes)
East Lothian of course, but is a good doer. Dual-purpose variety – but some find it sharp as an eater (though I like it). Compact form, prolific, and clean fruit, which grows well on west Coast too.

Emneth Early / Early Victoria (in stock: Yes)
Does well in Edinburgh – and I also have been testing in Glasgow and it does well here too. 
Galloway Pippin (in stock: Yes)    
Galloway’s finest. This dual-purpose variety is believed to have originated in Wigtownshire, perhaps at Wigtown Abbey, 1871 when it was first recorded. Keeps shape on cooking – crisp eating. Very juicy and good for cider too.

George Cave (in stock: Yes)
One of our best tasty early eating apple, ready late August. Originating in England in 1923. One of John Butterworth’s favourites, and a very steady cropper year after year.
Golden Monday (in stock: Yes)
A rare apple – mentioned in Hogg’s Pomology. “A very excellent apple of first quality” dates from 1724 - dual use – and can also be used for cider. 
Golden Pippin (in stock: Yes)
Sussex UK 1629. Grown across Scotland – very old variety. Known as the 'Mother Tree' of Scotland – as many other commercial apples are grown from this. Was also planted by George Washington in his garden. It has pleasant anise taste. Very intense flavour.
Golden Spire / new in 2019 (in stock: Yes)
Lancashire, 1850. This is widely grown and seems to appear in many walled gardens across Scotland. It’s cidery taste and juiciness makes it an interesting variety to use in cider.
Greenup’s Pippin (in stock: Yes)
Lancashire UK 1790. Old variety from the north of England - found in the garden of Mr Greenup, a shoemaker of Keswick, Cumberland. A dual purpose apple. It is an attractive clean fruit with a soft juicy white flesh. Cooks to a well flavoured froth or puree. I have tested it in Glasgow and it is also good for eating – quite sharp.

Hawthornden / dual purpose (in stock: Yes)
Nice eating – widely used as a cooker, with especially pretty pink blossom - Lothians and Stirling.     

Hoods Supreme (in stock: Yes)
Perthshire, raised 1924 by Miss B.Y. Hood, Duriehill, Edzell, Angus. Large and handsome. Sweet, white flesh.    

Irish Peach (in stock: Yes)
Early desert apple – does well on the west coast of Scotland. I found the budwood in a Walled Garden in Campbelltown, and imagined it was brought over from Ireland, which is so close from there (by boat).

Kerry Pippin (in stock: Yes)
Kerry Irish Pippin is a small, shiny yellow fruit sometimes striped red in the sun. The crisp, crunchy, hard flesh has an intriguing flavour that is delicious. It also is featured in “A Jug of Punch”, a folk song from my childhood!
James Grieve / fine eater (in stock: Yes)
Delicious Edinburgh eater apple - grows very well across East Coast and around Inverness.

Keswick Codlin (in stock: Yes)
Grows very well in West Scotland – excellent cooker from North of England. 
Lady Sudeley / early eater (in stock: Yes)
Raised 1849, Sussex – widely grown in Clyde valley. Excellent eating although a bit scab prone. Grows well on the East coast as well.
Lass O’Gowrie (in stock: Yes)
An old Perthshire variety originating at Gowrie farm – first described in 1883. Used mainly as a cooker, but also good for cider. Cooks well and has a delicate flavour.
Lemon Queen (in stock: Yes)
An old Clydeside variety of cooking apple. Medium to large apples – flavour tart and refreshing, and lemon skinned.
Liberty / (in stock: Yes) 
New York, 1978. Lovely red/purple fruit. Excellent in Glasgow as this lovely apple looks great and keeps well.
Lord Roseberry (in stock: Yes)    
Good early season eating variety. Originated in Glencarse, Perthshire, 1934, and named after the Liberal Prime Minister.  

Love Beauty (in stock: Yes)
Mid-season eating apple. Does well in Glasgow. Sent to the National Collection for Scotland, 1967. Origins very obscure, so if anyone knows any more about this, please let me know!
Lough Key Crab  (in stock: Yes)
Irish apple variety (County Roscommon). A spectacular purple blossom and a deep red crab apple.
Maggie Sinclair (in stock: Yes)
Origin probably Clydeside. Clyde Valley – beautiful and prolific late season cooker.     

Mere de Menage (in stock: Yes)
Denmark, 1750, A spectacular looking apple on the tree and an excellent cooker. Very hardy as it can crop well in exposed conditions.
Miller’s Seedling (in stock: Yes)
Berkshire, 1848. I budded this from the ancient tree at Priorwood, Melrose. Lovely early eating apple. It grows well in Melrose.
Midlothian Blush (in stock: Yes)
Roslin (near Edinburgh), 2016, by Tony Dore. An attractive eating apple first shown at our Holyrood Apple Day.
Oslin / Arbroath Pippin (in stock: Yes)
It is described in 1815, but thought to be much older, and is associated with the founding of the Arbroath Abbey. Good for growing in Angus and the East Coast. Has a crisp, aromatic, delicious aniseed taste.
Orleans Reinette (in stock: Yes)
1776, France. One of Pomologist, Edward Bunyard’s favourites. Reliable and tasty later season eater, but is also used in France as a cooker, as it holds its shape when cooked. Grows very well in Scotland. Keeps well.  


Peasgood Nonsuch (in stock: Yes)
Lancashire 1858. Grows well in Glasgow - very large eating apples – which can grow to weigh

2-3 lb each. Attractive blossom.
Ribston Pippin /(in stock: Yes) 
1707 – very old English Apples, esteemed by Victorians. Grows well across Scotland. It is one of the best dessert apples for Scotland. It’s a parent of Cox – but grows much better here. I’ve budded up lots of these as it’s a good commercial variety, has great taste, and keeps well. Fairly late season ripening. 

Sam Young / Irish Pippin (in stock: Yes)
1818 Kilkenny, Ireland. Old Irish intensely flavoured eating variety, Disease resistant and able to cope with wet conditions make it a good choice for the west.
Saturn (in stock: Yes)
1997, East Malling, Kent. Very good modern variety – easy to grow. Grows well in Glasgow and has proved reliable and scab free.  


Scotch Bridget (in stock: Yes)
Arose Scotland, 1851. Much grown here and in Cumbria in the past. Conical, ribbed fruit with rich cream crisp flesh. I have found it a good eater here but only in a good summer – late ripening.

Scotch Dumpling (in stock: No; crop fail) 
Found across Scotland - Probably from Clydesdale, date unknown. Large, distinctly red and green fruit, cooking to a brisk froth. Very attractive in flower.

Seaton House (in stock: Yes)
Raised at Seaton House, Arbroath around 1860. Large, sharp, does not ‘fall’ on cooking. 

Scrog (in stock: Yes)
Old cider variety grafted from the Orchard at Melrose – little known of origins.
Slack-ma-Girdle (in stock: Yes)
Slack-ma-Girdle is a late sweet cider apple, commonly found in old Devon orchards. Great name – and seems to be a variety that works in southern Scotland.

Stark’s Earliest / syn Scarlett Pimpernel (in stock: Yes)
Idaho, US, 1938. Lovely very early eating apple that grows well in Borders – and ready in August.

Stirling Castle (in stock: Yes)
Raised by John Christie in Stirling during the 1820s. Widely planted in the 19th Century and a still valued garden variety in Scotland and elsewhere. Well flavoured green-yellow fruit. Compact growth.

Stobo Castle (in stock: Yes)
Borders / Clyde Valley deep golden with a scarlet flush. Stobo Castle cooks to a sharp creamy froth. An early apple, named by David Storrie of Glencarse.

Tam Montgomery / syn Early Julyan (in stock: Yes)
Nice early variety of eating apple – pale skin and characteristic lemon taste.
Thorle Pippin (in stock: Yes)
Scottish eating apple – first described in in 1831 in Perthshire. A small, flat, red fruit with an agreeable refreshing taste.

Tower of Glamis (in stock: Yes)
Does well across Scotland – large, early to midseason cooker.
White Melrose (in stock: Yes)
Originally from Melrose before 1831, but grows well in East. Large, ribbed, green, becoming pale yellow.
White Paradise (in stock: No)
Clyde Valley – fine cooking apple.
White Joaneting (in stock: Yes)
First described in 1600 as “June Eating”, as it was the first apple to ripen and people used to race to get these at the market. Historically grown in the Clyde Valley. It is an ultra early apple as it is ready in mid-July – it is a delicious, great start to the apple harvesting season!

Widow’s Friend (in stock: Yes)
First described in 1951 in Co Armagh, Ireland. Crisp, juicy eating apple.
Yorkshire Aromatic (in stock: Yes)
Received from Scotland in 1949 by National Fruit Collection – no idea why it is called Yorkshire Aromatic! Rather nice eating apple as it is crisp and fresh tasting.


Other Fine Heritage Eating Apple Varieties Recommended for Taste and Reliability in Scotland

Ashmead’s Kernal (in stock: Yes)    
Valued by connoisseurs but requiring a good site in the North of the UK to properly mature. Scab resistant. A russeted yellowish-green fruit, sometimes flushed orange, with a sweet-sharp 'acid drop' flavour.
Ellison’s Orange (in stock: Yes)    
Very fine eating apple that grows well across Scotland, especially in the west.


Charles Ross (in stock: Yes)    
Nice eater – quite reliable and scab resistant.
Discovery (in stock: Yes)    
Great across Scotland – including the West Coast. 
Egremont Russet (in stock: Yes)
Grows across Scotland – grows well in Glasgow.
Fiesta (in stock: Yes)    
Cox type apple which does well in Scotland. I’ve planted these at the community orchard in Dunkeld and they have done well there.  


Katy (in stock: Yes)
Originally from Sweden. A very hardy, lovely looking, and scab-resistant variety. Used for juice and cider making. Grows on western Isles and very far north. 


Laxton’s Fortune (in stock: Yes)     
Good to grow in the West. Has an aromatic flavour; children have stated it has hints of bubblegum flavour.
Red Devil (in stock: Yes)
Widely grown in Scotland – I’ve seen particularly fine ones growing by Oban.

Red Falstaff (in stock: Yes)     
Grows well East Lothian and Edinburgh.
Sunset (in stock: Yes)    
Nice Cox type apple – good eating –makes delicious juice.
Worcester Pearmain (in stock: Yes)
Classic hardy eater – with “strawberry” taste.

Classic Cooking Apples


Howgate Wonder
Lovely prolific tree that produces large fruit.

Arthur Turner
One of the best to grow in the West coast – lovely to eat too.
Lord Derby
Great heavy cropper – not too vigorous, making it perfect for a small garden.

Bramley’s Seedling
Excellent across Scotland – commonly grown for good reason.
Good cooker – not too vigorous. 

Pears Traditional Scottish Pears - from John Hulberts Perthshire Collection


Auchan (in stock: Yes)

Grey Benvie (in stock: Yes)
Chalk / Crawford (in stock: Yes)
Craig (in stock: Yes)
Cuisse Madame (in stock: Yes)
Drummond / Charnock (in stock: Yes)
Flower of Monorgan (in stock: Yes)
Very tasty.

Gouden Knapp / Golden Knap (in stock: Yes)
Gourdie Hill (in stock: Yes)
Grey Honey (in stock: No)
Green Pear of Yare (in stock: Yes)
Hessle (in stock: Yes)


Jargonelle (in stock: Yes)
Attractive and very hardy 

Longueville (in stock: Yes)
Large and prolific.

Lindores (in stock: No)
Maggie (in stock: Yes)
Maggie Duncan (in stock: Yes)


Seggie Den (in stock: Yes)
Seckle (in stock: Yes)
Lovely, small purple pears.

White Christie (in stock: Yes)

Heritage Pears - Selected for Taste and Reliability for Scotland 



Doyenne du Comice



Finest Plums



Marjories Seedling



Rivers Early Plum / Damson
Fantastic taste!

Gordon Castle
Moray, North East Scotland.
Plum Denbigh
Welsh – good hardy variety. 


Delicious Damsons

Shropshire Prune    


Longforgan Scottish Damson

Cherries on Top

Cherry Morello

Cherry Lapin (cherokee)

Cherry Colney    

Cherry Cariad
Welsh and good west coast variety.

Nut Trees

Filbert Kentish Cob

Cobnut Webb's Prize Cob

Filbert Pearson's Prolific / Nottingham Early
Filbert Purpurea / Purple filbert  

Filbert Rote Zellernuss / Red filbert

Walnut Broadview
(cost £55)

Walnut Buccaneer
(cost £55)

Mulberry Wellington
(cost £35)

Soft Fruit (prices vary) 


Strawberry Albion

Strawberry Sonata

Raspberry Autumn Bliss 
Raspberry Glen Ample  

Raspberry Glen Lyon

Raspberry Glen Prosen 

Raspberry Malling Jewel

Raspberry Polka

Blackcurrant Ben Alder 

Blackcurrant Ben Connan

Redcurrant J. van Tets

Whitecurrant White Versaille


Gooseberry Captivator

Gooseberry Hinnonmaki Red

Gooseberry Invicta 

Thorned blackberry P9

Blackberry Loch Tay

Blackberry Thornfree

Blackberry Waldo

Tayberry Medana

Blueberry Bluecrop (2L)

Blueberry Brigitta Blue (2L)

Blueberry Duke

Blueberry Goldtraube

Cranberry (2L)

Lingonberry, Vaccinium vitis-idaea Red Pearl P9

Prunus spinosa, Sloe, Blackthorn


Stakes and ties (£2.50) 

We recommend that you stake trees.

“Victorian” label (£2.50) 

Mulch sheets (£1) 

Rabbit guards (£1.30)

Please Note – We can also provide training, consultancy, and advice on fruit growing. We also can provide a service to prune, plant, and maintain orchards. We do a lot of talks, events, apple days, and fruit festivals, which are are enjoyable and popular community activities. 

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