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Our fruit tree stocklist

please find below our stock list for the bare root season 2019/2020

Scottish Fruit Trees

2019 - 2020 stock list

John Hancox

The Apple Man

0778 606 3918

We supply high quality and delicious fruit trees of a good size, well adapted for the Scottish climate. Our aim is to make it easy for people to grow delicious fruit and to enjoy the simple pleasure of picking and eating fruit from the tree. We are also keen to promote old heritage varieties which are rarely seen.

We are also delighted to have added a number of Cider varieties to the list such as to the list.

Our apple trees are mainly on MMIO6 rootstock (semi-dwarfing) available for deliver from late November(the trees have to be dormant to move) at the start of the tree planting season. Plums and Pears are also on suitable semidwarfing rootstock. We do not recommend more dwarfing varieties for Scotland as they lack the necessary robustness to thrive. Pears, cherries and plums will also be supplied on semi dwarfing rootstock. Trees will be available Nov – April. Stocks of some varieties are limited and early ordering is highly recommended to ensure best selection and an early delivery.

Trees cost £25 per trees. We also have a limited range of larger 3 and 4 year trees POA. Please ask us for prices for bulk orders. Stakes, Ties, Labels and other orchard essentials can be supplied. Postage and packing £15 per bundle of up to 8 trees. Please contact us for help with stock selection and other queries. Please note that we can also provide a fair variety of Scottish soft fruit on request.

We are happy to help you select varieties suitable for your location… I’m happy to discuss by phone, but it is often very helpful to have details of the site, photos of the site, and info on soil conditions sent by email prior to the call.

Special OFFER Valid until 15thMarch 2020 – SCOTTISH ORCHARD PACK Our selection of 8 delicious fruit trees at 2 years (4 apple, 2 plum, 2 Pears, plus planting instructions) suitable for Scottish gardens, schools and community groups: £159, Inc P&P (saving 40%)

Scottish Cider Orchard Valid until 15thMarch 2020 Apple collection … 8 apple trees sweet and sharp - suitable for eating, cooking and cider making. Including a crab apple for pollination and added tannins. £159, Inc P&P (saving 40%)

MIXED ORCHARD PACK Special OFFER 2 Valid until 15thMarch 2019 –– Our selection of 4 apple trees, plus 3 blackcurrants, 3 redcurrants, 3 gooseberries, 5 raspberry canes, I blackberry (thornless) and 1 blueberry, plus planting directions: £159, Inc P&P – again saving 40%)

Stock list (At August 2019) Note stock levels change during the season … Order early

Scottish Apple: (note these are mostly on MM106 rootstock)

Currently available

Where they grow.

Quantity required



A 1920’s Scottish variety, grafted from John Butterworths Collection, Cooks to a sharp Puree

Allington Pippin


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


From Cork, Ireland c. 1890 as identified orchard tree – growing well Perthshire and in the Borders: creamy yellow, firm. Sweet russet taste.

Bakers Delicious


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


Pleasant dual use apple which grows well in Scotland (Dutch origin) – eats well and is used to make nice ciders.

Scottish Apple: (note these are mostly on MM106 rootstock)

Currently available

Where they grow.


Beauty of Moray (dual)


Moray – a fine hardy apple – keeps its shade well on cooking.

Bardsey Apple


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)


Due to the popularity of these we have budded loads of these. 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


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


Carlisle Codlin is a great cooker from the North and grown extensively around the Lake District.

Cats Head


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)


Grows well in Central Belt and further south – I wouldn’t be confident it would ripen further North. The Edible Christmas tree,



Clyde Valley a reliable cooker, with good-sized, clean fruit. Makes a good quality, juicy puree

Coul Blush (Eater)


Most Northern Variety – and an ingredient in Caorunn gin 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.

Court Pendu Plat (Roman origin)


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.

Devonshire Quarrenden

(Blood of the Boyle)


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. Grown and known in Ireland as the Blood of the Boyne.

Early Julyan/ Tam Montgomery Eater


I really like this as an early eater – with an interesting vibrant lemon taste. Grows well across Scotland

East Lothian Pippin


East Lothian – Dual use – 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

Scottish Apple: (note these are mostly on MM106 rootstock)

Currently available

Where they grow.


Emneth Early, Early Victoria


Does well in Edinburgh – and I also have been testing in Glasgow and it does well here.

Galloway Pippin


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.

George Cave


One of our best tasty early eating apple, ready Late Aug. Originating in England in 1923. One of John Butterworth’s favourites.

Golden Monday


– 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


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

Greenup’s Pippin


Lancashire UK 1790 – Old variety from the north of England - Found in the garden of Mr Greenup, shoemaker of Keswick, Cumberland. A dual purpose apple, soft juicy white flesh, quite sharp. Cooks to a well flavoured froth or puree. I have tested it in Glasgow and it is also good eating – and attractive clean fruit.

Hawthornden (dual)


Nice eating – widely used as a cooker, with especially pretty pink blossom - Lothians and Stirling

Hoods Supreme


Perthshire Raised 1924 by Miss B.Y. Hood, Duriehill, Edzell, Angus. Large and handsome. Sweet, white flesh.

Irish Peach


Early desert apple – does well on the west coast of Scotland.

Scottish Apple: (note these are mostly on MM106 rootstock)

Currently available

Where they grow.


Kerry Pippin


Kerry Irish Pippin is a small, shiny yellow fruit sometimes striped red in the sun. The crisp, crunchy, hard flesh has an intriguing flavour - delicious. It also features in “A jug of Punch” folk song from my childhood!

James Grieve (fine eater)


Delicious Edinburgh eating apple (grows well across East Coast)

Keswick Codlin


Grows very well in West Scotland – excellent cooker from North of England.

Lady Sudeley – Early Eater


Clyde valley – excellent eating although a bit scab prone. Probably better grown on the East.

Lass O’ Gowrie


An old Perthshire variety – used mainly as a cooker – first described in 1883. Cooks well and has a delicate flavour.

Lemon Queen


An old Clydeside variety of cooking apple.

Liberty (New York 1978)


Lovely red/purple fruit – excellent in Glasgow – this lovely apple looks great and also keeps well.

Love Beauty


MID SEASON eating apple. Does well in Glasgow

Lough Key Crab


Irish apple variety (County Roscommon). A spectacular purple blossom and a deep red crab apple.

Maggie Sinclair


Clyde Valley – beautiful and prolific cooker

Mere de Menage


A spectacular looking apple on the tree and an excellent cooker

Miller’s seedling


Lovely early eating apple growing well in Melrose.

Oslin (Arbroath Pippin)


Angus and East Coast (delicious aniseed taste)

Orleans Reinette


Reliable and tasty later season eater. Keeps well.

Scottish Apple: (note these are mostly on MM106 rootstock)

Currently available

Where they grow.

Quantity / age required

Peasgood Nonsuch - nice large eating apple


Grows well in Glasgow - very large apples – which can grow to weigh 2-3 lb each.

Ribston Pippin (a favourite for taste and also stores well)


Grows well across Scotland. Keeps well and is one of the best dessert apples for Scotland. Closely related to Cox – but grows much better here. I’ve budded up lots of these as it’s a great commercial variety – and keeps well.

Sam Young (Irish Pippin)


Old Irish eating variety, Disease resistant and able to cope with wet conditions make it a good choice for the west.

Saturn – consistently good clean, and disease free


Very good modern variety – easy to grow. Grows well in Glasgow and has proved reliable and scab free.

Scotch Bridget


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

Scotch Dumpling


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


Raised at Seaton House, Arbroath around 1860. Large, sharp, does not ‘fall’ on cooking.



Old cider variety grafted from the Orchard at Melrose – little known of origins – and I

mainly budded this as the name was great.



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


Lovely eating apple that grows well in Borders – and ready in Early Sept.

Stirling Castle


Stirling and central Scotland - Raised by John Christie, Stirling in 1820's. 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


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)


Nice early variety of eating apple – pale skin and characteristic lemon taste

Scottish Apple: (note these are mostly on MM106 rootstock)

Currently available

Where they grow.

Quantity / age required

Thorle Pippin


Scottish eating apple Perthshire first described 1831. A small, flat, red fruit with an agreeable if sharp taste.

Tower of Glamis


Does well across Scotland – large early to midseason cooker

White Melrose


Originally from Melrose before 1831, but grows well in East Large, ribbed, green, becoming pale yellow

White Paradise


Clyde Valley – fine cooking apple

White Joaneting (very Early - ready from mid July)


Clyde Valley – ultra early apple - was the traditional start to apple harvest. Delicious and a great start to the season

Widow’s Friend


Crisp juicy eating apple – grown in Co Armagh – Irish

Other fine heritage eating apple varieties recommended for taste and reliability in Scotland

Apple Eating:

Number available (approx)

Where they grow best

Quantity Required

Ashmead’s Kernal


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


Very fine eating apple that grows well across Scotland – and does well on west.

Charles Ross


Nice eater – quite reliable and scab resistant.



Great across Scotland – including west coast.

Egremont Russet


Across Scotland – grows well in Glasgow with me.



Cox type apple which does well in Scotland. I’ve planted these at the community orchard at Dunkeld and they have done well there .



Originally from Sweden – and very hardy and a lovely looking, productive scab resistant variety. Used for juice and cider making. Grows on western Isles and very far north.

Laxton’s Fortune


Good on West – aromatic flavour – (children tell me it has hints of bubblegum)

Red Devil


Widely grown in Scotland – I’ve seen particularly fine ones growing by Oban.

Red Falstaff


Grows well East Lothian and Edinburgh,



Nice Cox type apple – good eating –makes delicious juice.

Worcester Pearmain


Classic hardy eater – with “strawberry” taste

Classic Apple Cooking:


Quantity required

Howgate Wonder (lovely prolific tree – large fruit)


Arthur Turner – one of the best for the West coast – lovely to eat too.


Lord Derby – great heavy cropper – not too vigorous suiting a small garden


Bramley’s Seedling – excellent across Scotland – commonly grown for good reason.


Grenadier – good cooker – not too vigorous


Pears Traditional Scottish New for 2016 (from Perthshire)

Numbers available

Quantity required



Grey Benvie

Chalk/ Crawford


Cuisse Madame

Drummond /Charnock

Flower of Monorgan

Very tasty

Gouden Knapp / Golden Knap

Gourdie Hill

Grey Honey

Green Pear of Yare



Attractive and very hardy


Large and prolific



Maggie Duncan

Seggie Den


Lovely small purple pears

White Christie

Pears: Selected for taste and reliability for Scotland

Numbers available

Quantity required


50 plus



Doyenne du Comice






Finest Plum:

Numbers available

Quantity required



Marjories Seedling






Rivers Early Plum/ Damson (fantastic taste!)


Gordon Castle - Moray North East Scotland


Delicious Damsons:

Quantity required


Shropshire Prune


Cherries on top

Quantity required

Cherry Morello

Cherry Lapin (cherokee)

Cherry Colney

Please note we can supply various nut trees, and a wide variety of soft fruit as well. Please ring to discuss your requirements for soft fruit. John – 0778 606 3918

Get thee a nuttery


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 £35)

Walnut Buccaneer (cost £35)

Mulberry Wellington (cost £35)

Soft Fruit

Quantity required

Note - prices vary – please contact me to price your soft fruit order

Strawberry Albion, everbearer

Strawberry Sonata

Raspberry Autumn Bliss

Raspberry Glen ample x1

Raspberry Glen Lyon

Raspberry Glen Prosen

Raspberry Malling Jewel

Raspberry Polka

Blackcurrant Ben Alder x 1

Blackcurrant Ben Connan

Redcurrant J. van Tets x 1

Whitecurrant White Versaille


Gooseberry Captivator

Gooseberry Hinnonmaki Red

Gooseberry Invicta x 1

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


Quantity required

Stakes ties and accessories (we recommend that you stake trees)

Stakes and ties (£5)

“Victorian” label (£2.50)

Mulch sheets (£1)

Rabbit guards (£1.20)

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 and apple days and fruit festivals which are an enjoyable and popular community activity.

Customer Order Form Our Order REF

Your Name:

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Email address

Special instructions to courier (ie leave behind greenhouse.)

Telephone number


Quantity of Trees required

Post and Packing - £15 (for up to 8 trees) (please discuss delivery for larger quantities)

Please contact us if remote postcode is likely to apply. If you are having stakes included – this may raise carriage costs. Please discuss.

Please indicate if substitutions for similar trees will be ok if sold out.

Quantity Stakes and Ties at £2.50 per tree

Quantity - Victorian Labels - £2.50 per tree

(mulch sheets and rabbit guards may also available)

SPECIAL SCOTTISH ORCHARD OFFER– Our Selection of Eight tree orchard, (includes P&P ) £159

Cider Apple Trees – 8 apple trees – selected of Scottish cider making - £159

MIXED ORCHARD OFFER– 4 apples and mix of 16 soft fruit plants/bushes £159

Total order value=

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.

We can also generate an invoice on request to provide BACS details.

Contact John Hancox 0778 606 3918 or

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