Fruit trees for the small garden
The size of a fruit tree will be governed mainly by the rootstock on which it is grown. Rootstocks may be numbered or named.
A single variety such as Apple Cox’s Orange Pippin might be available on differing selections of rootstock according to how large you want the tree to grow. Here are a few examples for small gardens or limited space. In all cases plant in a sunny site with a stake for support and add plenty of compost to the soil.
Apples – Rootstock M27, eg ‘Cox’s Orange Pippin Self Fertile’. This is suitable for northern climates.
Pears – Rootstock Quince C. We recommend ‘Concorde’ or ‘Conference’. Both are self fertile, good croppers and bear sweet, juicy fruit.
Cherries – Rootstock Gisela 5. We recommend ‘Sunburst’ or ‘Stella’. Both are self fertile and produce a sweet and juicy crop.
Plums – Rootstock Pixy. The old favourite ‘Victoria’ is hard to beat for the quality of its fruit.
Damsons – Rootstock Pixy. Merryweather gives reliable, heavy crops for large fruit suitable for both dessert and culinary uses.