Fruit Trees

There is nothing more rewarding than picking fruit from your garden. The Boma stocks the easiest fruit trees to grow for a delicious harvest. Fruit trees aren't as tricky as you think.

There are a few things to consider when growing fruit trees – pollination groups, pruning the spurs and tips, pests – so choose a variety that makes sense, and you can avoid many of the fears of growing fruit. 

Aim for fruit that's low-maintenance and self-fertile, so you don't need to worry about pollination to guarantee a bumper crop, for years to come, with minimum effort.

 

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A selection of Fruit Trees

  • Queen Cox Self Fertile

    Description: Queen Cox is a distinctly flattened cooking apple. The best commercial form of Cox that's brownish-red with broken bright red stripes and smooth skin. Flesh is white, rather soft, juicy and acid-like. Cooks to a bright yellow puree and makes a good baked apple. Good yields due to its precocious self fertility. Primarily a garden and exhibition variety.

    History: Raised by W. Bull, a farmer, at Billcricay, Essex, England from seed sown in 1858. Introduced by Saltmarsh of Chelmsford, Essex, England as The Claimant in 1880. That same year, it received First Class Certificate from Royal Horticultural Society. Remains very popular in Essex.

     

      Pollination Group; 3

      Self-fertility: Self-fertile

      Picking month: September

      Uses: Eating

      Storing: December

      Suitable for Juicing

     

  • Victoria Plum Tree

    Description: Victoria is the most famous plum variety in the world. Produces heavy crops of large, oval-shaped bright red fruits that have darker red dots and are covered in medium, light blue bloom. The flesh is dark yellow with some streaks of red, moderately juicy and sweet, flavour fair. It is perfect for eating fresh when picked ripe from the tree or can also be cooked into jams and desserts or used for bottling and canning. The stone cleans away from the flesh, freestone—unfortunately, disease-prone but tolerable considering the quality and quantity that this variety produces. Beautiful white flowers appear during the spring, making this a beautiful tree.

    History: Found as a seedling in a garden at Alderton, Sussex and was sold to a nurseryman, Denyer from Brixton, who introduced the fruit in 1840. Unfortunately, any earlier history is unknown. Received an Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1993.

     

      Pollination Group; 3

      Self-fertility: Self-fertile

      Picking month: August

      Uses: Eating

    Uses: Cooking

     

     

  • Conference Pear Tree

    Pear Family

    Description: Conference and Doyenne du Comice are grafted onto the same stem to produce a family pear. Both of these varieties will cross pollinate each other.

    Conference is one of the most consistent varieties and a firm garden favourite with good self fertility. Heavy crops of medium sized yellowish-green fruits with brown russet over areas, occasionally pink flushed on chalk soil. Flesh is pale yellow with a slight pinkish tinge towards the core. Sweet and juicy, melting with a pleasant pear flavour. – Eating.

    Doyenne du Comice is a medium-large, pale green fruits changing to yellow, some fruits have a red flush. Pale yellow flesh has rich juicy flavours. Recognised for superb eating quality – Eating.

         Self-fertility: Self-fertile

     

      Picking month: September

     

      Uses: Eating

     

     

  • Prima Apple Tree

    Apple

    Description: Prima is a disease-resistant dessert apple. Striking red flush. Good taste of fruit; sweet juicy, rather coarse, deep cream flesh. Regarded as excellent amateur fruit in the US; planted commercially Italy. Complex parentage involving Malus floribunda.

    History: Raised in 1957 by co-operative breeding programme of Purdue, Rutgers and Illinois Universities.

    Pollination Partners: Apple Annie Elizabeth Apple Braeburn Apple Christmas Pippin Apple Eden Apple Golden Delicious Apple Herefordshire Russet Apple Howgate Wonder Apple Lord Derby

     

      Pollination Group; 3

        Storing: November

      Picking month: September

      Uses: Eating