Fan Trained Fruit Trees for Sale
What are fan trained trees
Fan trained fruit trees are useful for situations where space is limited or as a decorative feature on walls and fences. Fruit trees requiring warm sheltered conditions or shelter from rain such as apricots and peaches are often grown as fans on warm south facing walls.
A classical fan trained tree consists of a short clear trunk of no more than 18 inches (0.5 m) which splits into two main arms forming a "Y" shape and a set of branches radiating out from these main arms to make a fan shape. Fan trained trees need a set of horizontal wires for support and to guide the branches in the required direction. They also need appropriate summer pruning and training to maintain and develop the form. Depending on the rootstock a mature fan trained tree would require a height of 6-10ft (2-3m) and a span of 8-15ft (2.5-5m). Most types of fruit tree can be trained as fans.
Fan trained tree options
There are two options available to you if you wish to grow fan trained trees.
The first is to buy a ready trained tree. We supply an extensive range of over 60 varieties of fan trained trees including apple, pear, quince, plum, gage, damson, peach, nectarine, apricot and cherry. In addition we offer fan trained plum, gage, peach and cherry trees on both semi-vigorous and dwarfing rootstocks to suit smaller and larger walls and fences. Unlike most other nurseries our trees are field grown and supplied bare-root in the winter. They are larger, more robust and establish better than pot grown trees. Our trees are also trained in the classical "Y" form and not as palmettes which are frequently sold as fans. As there is usually a very limited supply of these ready trained trees we advise ordering early. Please click for a list of all available fan trained trees or the links for individual types of fruit at the top of this page.
Alternatively you can train you own starting from scratch. To do so you need to start with a maiden untrained one year old tree on a suitable rootstock. Semi-vigorous and semi-dwarfing rootstocks are those most commonly used for fan training. However dwarfing rootstocks can be used for smaller spaces and vigorous rootstocks for very large fans.Most varieties are suitable for training, but tip bearing apples and pears should be avoided. You can find out if a variety is a tip or spur bearer by referring to the characteristics page for that variety on our website.