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Cordon (Columnar) Fruit Trees

The modern way to grow fruit trees is to train them as vertical cordons. These space-saving columnar trees are attractive as well as fruitful and are perfect for smaller gardens. They can be spaced as close as 60-90cm (2-3ft) apart and are also ideal planted in containers on a sunny patio or balcony. Cordons should have their ultimate height restricted to 1.8-2.4m (6-8ft) and their fruiting laterals pruned during the summer months in order to retain their compact columnar shape. To ensure rapid establishment, cordon fruit trees are supplied bare-rooted and are approximately 1.2m (4ft) high on despatch.


Pollination

Many of our fruit trees are self-fertile and will pollinate themselves satisfactorily. However, some varieties of apple, pear, plum and cherry are not self-fertile and will require a pollinator from the same species. To ensure adequate pollination choose two varieties from the same species that are in the same flowering group or one group apart.

 

Don't forget to include tree stakes and ties on your order.  All young fruit trees require staking and for better establishment we strongly advise using Rootgrow when planting (as recommended in RHS planting guidelines).


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Cordon Apple 'Adam's Pearmain'
£24.50Cordon Apple 'Adam's Pearmain'This old English dessert apple is thought to have originated from Norfolk around 200 years ago. It was one of the most popular varieties in Victorian times and remains a valued garden variety today. The distinctive 'pearmain' shaped fruits are crisp with a rich, aromatic, nutty flavour typical of many russets. An excellent keeper. The tree has good scab resistance so is a good choice for wetter areas. Very attractive blossom.Buy Now
Cordon Apple 'Arthur Turner'SAVE 10%
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Cordon Apple 'Arthur Turner'Raised in 1912, this is one of the best early cooking apples and a popular garden variety. Cooks to a well flavoured yellow puree requiring little added sugar. Also delicious baked. Heavy cropping. Resistant to scab. Suitable for the north and wet areas.Buy Now
Cordon Apple 'Bardsey'
£25.95Cordon Apple 'Bardsey'This is a very special dual-purpose dessert/culinary apple, believed to be the only survivor of an orchard tended by monks on remote Bardsey Island (off the Welsh coast) 1000 years ago. Discovered only recently, the ancient mother tree is miraculously free from disease - a very unusual occurrence in north Wales. The fruits are striped pink and have a distinct scent of lemon. They will cook to a delicate light golden fluff and require no added sugar. Eaten as a dessert apple the fruits are crisp, sweet and juicy. Sold Out 
Cordon Apple 'Beauty of Bath'
£24.50Cordon Apple 'Beauty of Bath'Originating from Somerset c1864 and grown commercially in Victorian times, this early ripening variety remains a popular dessert apple. The red flushed fruits are juicy with a distinctive sharp taste. It is best eaten straight from the tree as the fruits do not store well. Heavy cropping. Very resistant to scab. Suitable for the north and wet regions.Buy Now
Cordon Apple 'Bloody Ploughman'
£24.50Cordon Apple 'Bloody Ploughman'First recorded in 1883, there is an interesting story behind the name of this well-known Scottish apple. It originates from the Carse of Gowrie where allegedly a ploughman was shot dead by a gamekeeper for stealing apples from the Megginch Estate. When the ploughman's body was returned to his wife she found some of the stolen apples in his pockets and got rid of them on the rubbish heap. One of the seedlings that subsequently grew produced apples that were blood red in colour and the tree gave rise to the cultivar that was named after the unfortunate ploughman. The fruits are crisp and juicy and when fully ripe can darken to an almost purple colour. The flesh is often stained red which makes it a good variety for juicing and it can also be used to produce cider. It is often considered a dessert apple in Scotland, but the flavour is not particularly sweet and in England it tends to be regarded as a cooker. It makes lovely apple sauce and beautiful pink pies and crumbles. The tree is disease resistant and hardy, performing well in colder areas of the UK.Buy Now
Cordon Apple 'Bountiful'
£24.50Cordon Apple 'Bountiful'This dual purpose dessert/culinary apple is an excellent choice for the garden. When cooked the fruits retain some of their shape and are soft, juicy and sweet. In late winter it can be used as a dessert apple. Heavy cropping and very resistant to mildew.Buy Now
Cordon Apple 'Braeburn Hillwell'SAVE 10%
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Cordon Apple 'Braeburn Hillwell'An improved sport of Braeburn with better flavour and colour and more suited to the British climate. The fruits are crisp and aromatic and have excellent keeping qualities. Heavy cropping but best grown in the south as it needs a long growing season. Produces a compact tree - ideal for small gardens.Buy Now
Cordon Apple 'Broadholme Beauty'SAVE 10%
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Cordon Apple 'Broadholme Beauty'A very special new dual purpose dessert/culinary apple with an extraordinarily thin skin and natural sweetness, requiring no added sugar when cooked. Excellent for baking. Suitable for the north.Buy Now
Cordon Apple 'Charles Ross'
£24.50Cordon Apple 'Charles Ross'A very attractive dual purpose dessert/culinary apple raised in Berkshire in 1890. The large red-flushed fruits are crisp and juicy with a pleasant, sweet, lightly aromatic flavour. It retains some of its shape when cooked. Heavy cropping. Resistant to scab. Suitable for the north and wet regions.Buy Now
Cordon Apple 'Chivers Delight'SAVE 10%
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Cordon Apple 'Chivers Delight'Raised in Cambridgeshire c1920, this is a lovely dessert apple, producing heavy crops of attractive red flushed fruits. Crisp and juicy with a sweet, well balanced honey flavour. Easy to grow and suitable for growing in colder areas. Stores well.Buy Now
Cordon Apple 'Christmas Pippin'
£26.50Cordon Apple 'Christmas Pippin'We can confidently say this is the ‘new garden Cox’ but unlike this classic vintage variety, Christmas Pippin is very easy to grow and produces reliable, heavy crops countrywide. The eating quality is exceptional, characterised by a sweet and aromatic flavour, lovely perfume and a very pleasant honey after-taste. The fruits are crisp and juicy with a melt in the mouth texture that makes each bite increasingly more pleasurable.Buy Now
Cordon Apple 'Cox self-fertile'
£24.50Cordon Apple 'Cox self-fertile'The classic English dessert apple. This is a self-fertile sport of Cox’s Orange Pippin - almost exactly the same but self-fertile. Sweet with a rich, intense, aromatic flavour. Unsuitable for the north or wet areas.Buy Now
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