Unwins Seeds

Fruit Tree Facts and Rootstock Info

Our fruit trees have been chosen for their superb flavour and ability to thrive in British gardens. Below is some more specific information about our varieties.

Fruit Trees

Depending on type and/or variety, trees supplied are maidens or feathered maidens, typically 3-4ft tall. In some instances the leader may already have been ‘tipped’ to promote the formation of the fruit bearing laterals.

Subject to when full winter dormancy is reached and field lifting conditions, we normally despatch bare root fruit trees from late January/early February through to mid/late March. However if conditions are particularly favourable we may start despatching some varieties from mid/late November.


Gisela 5

  • Habit - Semi-Dwarfing
  • Scion - Cherry
  • Siol/training - Bush, pyramid or fan

M9 rootstock

  • Habit - Dwarfing
  • Scion - Apple
  • Soil/training - Good Soils

 - Please note all M9 rootstock trees will require support.

St. Julien ‘A’ 

  • Habit - Semi-vigorous
  • Scion - Peaches, Nectarines, Plums, Damson & Apricot
  • Soil/training - Fan trees for Nectarinces & Peaches. For Plums a bush of half standard.

Quince ‘A’ Pears

  • Habit - Semi-vigorous
  • Sicon - Pear
  • Soil/training - Ideal for most forms

Pollination and Flowering Groups
Whilst many of our varieties will pollinate themselves satisfactorily, the best fruit set can be guaranteed by choosing at least 2 varieties from a species. However, it is also worth remembering that if you live in a town or village with fruit trees nearby, visiting bees may be generous with your neighbour’s pollen!

Figs are very vigorous once established and are best managed by restricting the roots – ideally grow them in a large pot or tub buried below ground. Most suited to growing against a south
facing wall or fence.

Peaches, Apricots and Nectarines
All of these peach, apricot and nectarine varieties are chosen for their superb eating quality. Grow them as free standing trees or as fan trained specimens on a wall or trellis. Covering them with a polythene ‘roof’ from leaf fall in the autumn until new foliage has appeared in spring is well worth the extra effort to protect from cold rains,aiding pollination, and helping to prevent peach leaf curl disease. 

Because our cherries are grown on Gisela 5 which is the ideal dwarf rooting stock, they are more suitable for the average garden. The trees will grow in the smallest space, either
in open ground or trained against a wall.

The British climate is arguably the best in the world for producing apples. Our warm summer days and cool evenings lead to the perfect growing conditions and allow the flavours to fully develop.

Fresh, sun ripened pears are scrumptious and the British climate is perfect for producing high quality fruits. Our selections are gems in their own right and deserve a place in your garden.

Plums are some of the easiest and most popular of the stone fruits. These free-growing trees need very  little pruning, and most plums are self-fertile. They have very attractive blossom and can easily be grown as a fan or a cordon against a sunny wall if space is limited. Can be eaten fresh or preserved.

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