Easy to grow fruit trees
Fruit trees are perhaps surprisingly easy to grow for beginners and can be highly productive. There is nothing like eating fresh fruit straight from the tree in autumn; far better than anything available from the supermarket shelves. Different varieties produce their fruit at different times of the year and late ripening varieties of some fruits such as apples store well to provide stock over the winter. Fruit trees include pome fruits (apples and pears), stone fruits (peaches, nectarines, apricots, plums and cherries), as well as nut-bearing fruit trees such as walnuts and almonds. You don't need to have an orchard to enjoy home-grown fruit; in fact, by purchasing a tree on a dwarf root stock or training your trees into space-saving forms such as espaliers, cordons and fans, they can be perfect for smaller gardens too. There are plenty of varieties to choose from: apple trees, apricot, cherry trees, damsons, figs, hazelnut, nectarine, pear trees, plum trees and more. You may find our guide to fruit trees and article on how to plant a tree useful.