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Unusual Fruit Trees – 20% off!

We love the classics. Apples, pears, cherries and plums are all great for bringing a little colour, structure and interest into the garden (all while providing some handy cooking supplies!), but stepping away from the crowd has its own benefits. You may not find these in the local shops, but there are still plenty of fun and unusual fruit trees to experiment with for jams, jellies, nuts and deserts. We’ll be looking at a few today.

(Don’t forget, we’re also offering 20% off until October 31st, 2013!)

First up is the Nottingham Medlar. An attractive, small tree with a flat top and semi-weeping habit. The small russet fruit are edible when from October onwards when fully ripe, while also great for jellies and jams. It’s said to have a picturesque and architectural appearance, even when young.

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We’re following up with Quince Vranja, one of the UK’s most popular Quince varieties. It’s self-fertile, and you can pick the large green-yellow fruits in October, though they’ll keep until December and make brilliant jelly. When spring comes around, you’ll even be treated to attractive blossom.

For a large and succulent fruit you might want a look at the Mulberry, we usually supply King James I. The dark red fruits crop early in the plant’s life, and intense flavour makes them an ideal syrup for ice cream! You can either get messy fingers picking by hand, or collect ripe fruit by shaking the branches over a sheet.

The Broadview Walnut is currently your best option for UK growing. It fruits from a young age yielding large, quality nuts, and is even slightly resistant to frost during flowering time. It’s also more compact than many other varieties, so ideal when space is at a premium.

Brown Turkey Fig is one of the most popular figs, with large, brown, pear shaped fruit possessing sugary, rich red flesh and a nicely compact habit. You can harvest it at any point between August and September, it’s self-fertile, and even received the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

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Finally, we’ll introduce you to the Kent Cobnut. A tall upright tree, it produces plenty of catkins (small, cylindrical flower clusters) and yields nuts with thin shells and an excellent flavour. It’s self-fertile, but planting more than one can help due to the species being wind pollinated.

That’s all from us for now, but there’s plenty to keep you going. All of the above are enjoying 20% off until October 31st, so if you’ve been pondering introducing a little variety and flavour into the garden there’s no better time to start.

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