Scottish Heritage Fruit Trees


Creating a Fruitful Scotland

We currently have a limited range of the Scottish heritage varieties of apples etc, in containers - for collection in Glasgow - at a cost of £30 each.   We also have gift vouchers, and please contact us for our consultancy, design and maintenance service. We will shortly be taking orders for  bareroot trees and soft fruit (including our orchard packs)  for the planting season Nov 2019, to March 2020.

We supply the finest fruit trees, soft fruit and nut trees, suitable for Scotland and northern climates. We have been working for over 12 years with schools, community groups, charities and housing associations, councils, farmers, foresters, landscape architects, garden designers, permaculturalists, allotmenteers and hobby gardeners, helping to create a Fruitful Scotland.  We have helped to start up many apple day events, and supplied fruit trees to many including with Edinburgh Botanic Gardens, Dumfries House, Glasgow City Council. and with your support we will do much more to create a Fruitful Scotland.  As a social enterprise, we spend at least 1 day a week supporting school and community orchards. By supporting us and buying our trees, you help support the development of a Fruitful Scotland. 

How to Order  - here

Our Finest Fruit Trees are suitable for all parts of Scotland ....

We have supported orchard planting from the Borders to Shetland, from Ullapool and the Hebrides, Oban to St Andrews and can help with selection of trees which are most likely to work in your area.

We supply the finest Scottish apple, pear, plum and cherry trees, selected to be most suitable for Scotland’s growing conditions. We  also have hardy soft fruit bushes, red and black currants, gooseberry, raspberry, and various nuts.

Being hardy these varieties are also suitable for northern England, Wales and Ireland.  We have also added some Irish and Welsh varieties to the list this year...

Most of our heritage varieties were grafted originally from budwood from John Butterworth’s collection in Ayrshire, and also from various National Trust for Scotland properties. We are also grateful to John Hulbert for allowing budwood to be gathered at his  heritage pear Orchard in the Carse o Gowrie.  We are very grateful to our many friends and partners who help us gather the old varieties and share their budwood to keep old varieties growing.

Please note that our stock complies with Scottish Government plant passport regulations

We ship bare root trees from late November til March  - but don’t delay to order your trees as many varieties do sell out over the season.

How to plan your orchard (however big or small)

People often need a bit of help to decide which varieties to select and how best to set out their orchard, and also how to plant. That is something we are delighted to help with...

It’s worth  taking your time and getting it right is important, but don’t put it off too long... The old joke is that the best time to plant an Orchard is 20 years ago...  The next best time is now...

We can provide an orchard planning consultancy service, including site visits, and advice of ground preparation and we can also undertake to supervise or indeed carry out the planting. This is well worthwhile for larger planting plans. Ask for costs of this service.

We are happy to give free advice online and by phone on planning your new orchard. If you could download this “Planning your orchard”  answer the questions and get it back to me by email. 

Please also see our planting essentials guide, useful in terms of helping you to prepare the ground and knowing what to do when the trees arrive. 

One other bit of interesting orchard information is how many fruit trees make an orchard? The usual answer is six or more trees... But even if you just plant one it is going to be great.

Developing Fruitful Schools and Community Orchards 

Over the past 12 years we have  helped to plant over 500 school and community orchards. We can assist schools and community groups to develop their orchard projects, help direct people to funding, and in some cases we can also help to supply trees via supporters, and also labour via our volunteers.

- helping children grow

School orchards have proved really popular - and we have worked with hundreds of Scottish Schools and thousands of pupils. There are various good things about school orchards - but one of the best things is how well the cycle of fruit growing fits with the school year. You plant in late autumn to spring, enjoy blossom, and come back from holidays in time for the harvest. It’s perfect for schools. 

Fruitful  Sponsorship and Volunteering

We have worked with many volunteers through the years. We work with many companies, and volunteering opportunities - helping people plant new school orchards and gardens and to help maintain, harvest and develop orchards. We would like to thanks Coffee Conscience, for support for school and community orchards...


John Hancox  (BSc Hons) 0778 606 3918

Scottish Fruit Trees, 2 Kelvinside Terrace West, Glasgow, G20 6DA

“they are lovely trees - we are very pleased! Thanks.”


Helping Scotland Blossom.... 

making fruit growing a pleasure for people across Scotland

John Hancox   “the Apple Man”

Supplies hardy and delicious fruit trees, nuts  and soft fruit, to suit Scotland, North England, Wales and Ireland, 

Tel 0778 606 3918

Fruitful Schools Creating a Fruitful Scotland for our children...


A fine Perthshire Pear

Harvesting fruit is fun