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Apple trees

Apple trees are the most popular and widely grown garden fruit trees in the UK. There are good reasons for this popularity. The climate in most of the UK is very suited to growing apples and in particular getting the best flavours from them. It is a versatile fruit with many possible uses from eating fresh to cooking and making juice or cider. It has a long season and many varieties store well. There is an enormous range of varieties to suit all tastes.

Here at Keepers Nursery we offer the widest range of apple trees for sale anywhere. We have over 600 varieties of apple in our collection. Of these we have over 300 available for sale in any one year and we can produce any of the others to order. We have listed a relatively small range of the most popular and our recommended varieties. You can see the full range by clicking on the relevant links below. Click here for a guide to choosing apple trees.


Early season eating apple trees

The season for early eating apples runs from early August to mid September. Early varieties tend not to keep well and are best eaten straight from the tree.

Please find below 9 of the most popular and recommended varieties. We can offer a total of 94 varieties - click here.




Mid season eating apple trees

The season eating apples are varieties which ripen from mid September until mid October. These will keep for a limited time, usually not beyond late November.

Please find below 8 of the most popular and recommended varieties. We can offer a total of 133 varieties - click here.




Late season eating apple trees

Late season apples are ones which ripen from mid October onwards. These are usually the best keepers and some can be stored right through the winter. Some even need to be stored for a while before being eaten for best flavour. The slow prolonged ripening process late varieties undergo gives them some of the finest and most complex flavours.

Please find below 20 of the most popular and recommended varieties. We can offer a total of 278 varieties - click here.




Cooking apple trees

All apples can be used for cooking. But some varieties are specifically selected for cooking. Some are quite acid and cook into a fluff while sweeter cooking apples tend to keep their shape when cooked.

Please find below 12 of the most popular and recommended varieties. We can offer a total of 224 varieties - click here.




Cider apple trees

Cider can be made from any apple juice and is often made from a mixture of juices of different kinds of apple. Cider apples have a high tannin content which improves the quality of the cider but gives them a bitter taste which means that they cannot be used for other purposes.

Please find below 9 of the most popular and recommended varieties. We can offer a total of 22 varieties - click here.




Self-fertile apple trees

Self-fertile and partially self-fertile apple varieties do not require cross pollination from another apple variety to fertilise their flowers and produce fruit. They can be grown on their own. They may however benefit from cross pollination.

Please find below 13 of the most popular and recommended varieties. We can offer a total of 70 varieties - click here.




Crab apple trees

Crab apples trees produce abundant blossom over a long period. As a result they are often planted for their ornamental value or as pollinators. The fruit is small and usually very sharp. Crab apples produce excellent jelly because of their acidity and high pectin content.

Please find below 5 of the most popular and recommended varieties. We can offer a total of 20 varieties - click here.