By Thunder Its Good


Our Nursery  

                           Our ever present team of WOOFERS  



2018 Catalogue of Fruit Trees


All our fruit trees are grown organically using only inputs that are permissible under an organic régime.

The majority of our rootstocks are produced by commercial nurseries and for this reason are not organically grown. We do have a small number each year that are home grown in our stool beds (these are designated in the catalogue by the code OR (organic rootstock)).

It should be noted that without exception unless the grower produces their own rootstock all fruit trees will begin their life from this commercially produced source irrespective of who the grower or organization may be.

Rootstocks used for our trees.

Apple varieties

Apple rootstocks  

N/S Northern Spy rootstock best suited for wetter ground and clay. Resistance to Wooly Aphids is excellent. Produces trees to 3-5m.   

793 produces trees that are larger than Northern Spy and better adapted to a wider range of soil types. Produces trees that crop earlier and heavier than Northern Spy.  Resistance to Wooly Aphids is excellent. Produces tree to 6m.   

106 Semi dwarf fruit tree growing to 4.5m. Good for most soils except poor draining sites.   

M26 Dwarf fruit tree growing from 2-3m. Recommended for small gardens or for espaliering Hardier and quicker growing than M9.   

M9 Dwarf fruit tree growing to 3m. Suits well drained, fertile soils. Not suitable for heavy clay soils. 

Plum varieties

Grafted onto Peach or Myrobalam (see descriptions under ‘rootstock’).

Peach varieties

All peaches are on Golden Queen peach rootstock (see descriptions under ‘rootstock’).

Quince varieties

Grafted onto Quince BA29 rootstock. (see descriptions under ‘rootstock’).

Size and pricing (inc GST)  

All apple, plums, peaches, quinces and non inter-stocked pears are as follows:-

  • 1 year old maidens 1.0m - 1.5m

For orders of 1-10 (any variety or mixed selection) $30.00. 
For orders of 11-30 trees (any variety or mixed selection) $26.00.
For orders of 31 + trees (any variety or mixed selection) $22.00.  


    •  2 year old trees 1.5m - 2.0m+.

    All varieties $34.00 Note: not all varieties have 2 year old stock please request what you want and we will either confirm or suggest a smaller stock.  

    Ordering is done by emailing us specifying what you want ie variety and root stock.


    Postage and packaging

       Packing and  delivery costs vary dependent on quantity and destination, below are  estimates only, a quote for each order will be sent to you for your individual needs.  

      Local purchasers will have the opportunity to pick up their orders free of charge from the Whangarei Growers Market in July (times will be posted).


      $9.00 for a 25kg parcel (20 average size bare rooted trees) Local, Kaitaia, Auckland.

      $10.00 for a 15kg parcel (15 average size bare rooted trees) Central North (Auckland to Hamilton).

      $17.00 for a 10 kg parcel (10 average size bare rooted trees) within North Island.

      $9.00 excess (up to 25kg)

      $17.00 for a 5kg parcel South Island

      $28.00 for a 10kg parcel South Island

      $17.00 (2x excess labels) per 5kg extra

      $6.50 for a rural delivery (in addition to the area charge)

      A packaging charge of $5.00 will be required on orders of 5 trees or less. 


      * Ours plants/products are supplied to you in a good healthy condition and true to label to best of our knowledge, unless specifically sold as second grade goods or damaged material ‘as is where is’. We accept no responsibility for incorrect labelling.

      * Any orders contract grown or on hold require a 25% deposit and cancellation of these orders forfeit the deposit.

      * We do not accept responsibility for any plants once they have left the nursery.

      * Freight is to be paid by the customer. Any damage incurred in transit must be claimed by the customer  from the carrier concerned.

      * Ownership of all goods supplied by Thunder Mountain Nurseries shall be retained by Thunder Mountain Nurseries until the purchase price has been paid in full.

      * In the event that a customer shall make any default whatsoever, the customer will pay Thunder Mountain Nurseries legal costs (as between solicitor and client) of and incidental to the enforcement or attempted enforcement of payment by Thunder Mountain Nurseries   

      * If for any reason goods are to be returned for credit this procedure must take place within 5 days of sale and all stock must be in good saleable condition and a 10% restocking fee will be charged.

      * Thunder Mountain Nurseries reserves the right at any time to refuse the placement of an order. 



      * Clerical errors or omissions whether in computation or otherwise in any quotation acknowledgements or invoice shall be subject to correction.

      * It is hereby agreed that all goods supplied by Thunder Mountain Nurseries are supplied upon the above detailing acceptance of our terms and conditions of supply.

      What age and form?

      We supply mainly one and two year old trees.  Older fruit trees become increasingly difficult to transplant.  the largest selection available is of one year old trees, referred to as maidens.  Depending on the variety some have branches (to use the technical term are feathered maidens) while others have little of no branching (maiden whips).  Maidens have had a little or no formative pruning. Two year old trees will usually have a well developed branch structure.

      It is a common misconception amongst the general public that size really does matter!

      We believe that the most important part of the tree at the formative stage is the root zone, which is why we are less concerned with the height of the tree as opposed to the balance of the root/crown of the tree. For this reason (and as the article in our 'Tree care and transplanting' page sets out) the best new fruit tree is the one that arrives to you with the highest percentage of the root system intact, this will allow you to safely transplant the tree with the least amount of transplant shock.

      A 1.0-1.5 metre maiden tree (one year old) will perform better over the next 3-4 years than a larger tree 1.5-2.0 plus metres (2-3 year old) tree, due to the damage done to the root zone of the larger tree by severe pruning for the sake of either bagging or the saving on delivery costs.

      It is for these reasons we do not send out containerized trees.

      And  we  recommend only transplanting (planting out new trees) at the most appropriate time of the season that being the dead of winter (June/July) when the tree is in its most dormant state. This is not to say that transplanting at different times of the year cannot be successful but the extra work involved and the added risk of failure is not worth it. Plan out when the trees need to arrive at your property and have your holes dug well in advance of that time, remember….

               "Success is where preparation meets opportunity"


      All our trees are either grafted or  budded high on the rootstock, this enables the tree to be planted lower  in the hole than the tree was in the nursery, this will be of particular  interest to those who select a dwarfing rootstock that normally  requires staking as the practice of planting a tree lower gives the new  tree more stability.  For this reason it is often observed that the  rootstock will continue to develop roots when the base of the tree is  mulched or heavily shaded (THIS MAY NOT WORK FOR TREES FROM OTHER  NURSERIES AS THEY MAY HAVE THE PRACTICE OF GRAFTING ONLY 50MM ABOVE THE  GROUND LEVEL, which is why garden centers are emphatic that a new tree  should only be planted at the same level as found in the bag, as you may bury the graft union!!!) It also enables the tree to have a mulch or living mulch around the tree.

                                Mention morning tea and they're off !!!      

      Dessert Apples

      CODE:-  Variety (apple/pear/plum etc) Rootstock available (mm106, m26, myro, quince etc)

      Albany Beauty 106,793,NS,m26

      A red skinned form of 'Gravenstein'. NZ Gravenstein strain. Very juicy, sharp distinctive flavour. Dessert and processing. Quite early and stores a few weeks. Gravenstein originated in Denmark, known since 1600’s.

      Anna 106,793,,NS,m26

      Low chilling selection originally from Israel. Large apple light greenish skin with slight red blush, sweet, slightly tart, crisp and creamy. Self fertile ripens late June.

      Astrachan (RED)  106, 793, NS

      A superb early season apple! This attractive tree bears crops equally stunning, medium-sized apples.Found in the 1850s near Stockholm, Sweden by E. Lindgren and introduced by him in the early 1860s. Fruit has a yellow skin, splashed with crimson, and a cream-white — sometimes slightly pink — flesh. Fruit is crisp and tart, with good juice and flavor, ideal for ciders, cooking, baking, and fresh-eating. Best pollinators:  Jonathan or any Golden Delicious.

      Ballarat 793

       A heritage Australian apple dating back to the early 1900’s. Ripe towards the end of April. It’s fruit is large, green with a red blush, and with creamy white flesh. Cooked it is excellent. The fruit will store for several months after maturity without needing refrigeration. Ballarat is very vigorous. 

      Benoni 106, NS

      (Fail-Me-Never) - An early season variety originating in Dedham, Massachusetts around 1832 by Mr E M Richards.

       A high-quality dessert apple with smooth yellowish-orange skin mostly covered with bright red and deep carmine striping. The yellow flesh is fine-grained, crisp and juicy.

       Black Prince 106,  

      Mid-late season. Large size with dark flesh. Dessert or cooking apple.

       Braeburn 106,793,NS

      Braeburn apples were discovered in 1952 as a chance seedling growing in O. Moran’s orchard in New Zealand. The parentage of Braeburn apples is unclear, but both Lady Hamilton and Granny Smith apples were growing on nearby trees.

      The apple is named after Braeburn Orchard, where it was first commercially grown. Williams Brothers nursery cultivated the Braeburn apple variety and introduced it to Washington apple growers in the 1980s. Today, Braeburn is well-known as an all-purpose apple with a spicy sweet-tart flavor and crisp bite. 

      Captain Kidd K 106,793,NS,m26

      Mid season. A heritage apple that was selected in NZ by JH Kidd . The fruit is streaked bright red and has some russeting. The flesh is sweet and juicy with a very good flavour. Reliable and regular crops that are ripe around early to mid March.From the Koanga collection.


       Cox Orange Pipin 106,793,NS,m26

      Mid season. A seedling of Ribston pippin. This medium sized deep yellow striped/streaked/splashed with red apple is regarded as the finest flavored 'English style' apple there is. A complex - some say perfect - blend of sugar, acid and aromatics is contained in juicy, tender, yellow flesh. It is regarded as a difficult apple to grow due primarily to disease susceptibility in it's country of origin - UK - but is not problematical in other countries. C.O. spurs freely and bears well, but bearing is much improved if a good pollinator is nearby. Crisp eating apple that has a distinctive sweet flavour with enough acid to give the tang needed for culinary purposes. The skin is greenish yellow with red stripes. The flesh is golden. Ripens in February and keeps well. Very popular world wide and deservedly so. Will do best with a pollinator such as 'Egremont Russet' or 'Jonathan'. 

      Early strawberry 106

      Golden Delicious type flavour and texture.  A small very sweet early apple ripening Christmas to late Feb. Green - yellow skin with bright red streaks when ripe (benefits from fruit thinning). A very old variety. Good for the ‘kiddies’ lunch box.

      Egremont Russet 106, 793,NS

      Egremont Russet is a self fertile heritage apple. The fruit has a thick and distinctive olive skin with sweet, nutty, firm flesh. The tree has an upright, compact habit so is suitable for container growing. Spur bearing mid season.

      Ein Shemer 106

      Low chill selection from Israel.Large golden delicious type, crisp, tart, good quality flesh.

      Self fertile, ripens mid June to early July after Anna.

      Freyburg 106,793,NS

      Mid/late season. A small (medium if thinned), dry skinned, light golden yellow slightly russet streaked apple. A cross between Golden Delicious and Cox's Orange, this is an extraordinary flavored apple. The flesh is crisp, very juicy, and light yellow. It is sweet and moderately rich flavored. However, the outstanding flavor component is a distinct anise flavor. Some have compared the flavor to Benedictine liqueur. The anise component becomes stronger the longer the apple is left on the tree, and varies with seasonal climatic conditions. Freyburg stores well.

      Named after Lord Freyberg. A connoisseurs delight! Outstanding flavour sweet to very sweet with a cocktail of flavours. Fine and juicy texture and creamy white, aromatic flesh. Hangs well and continues to develop flavour even when very ripe.


      Gala 106, 793,NS,m26

      This is probably New Zealand's most popular eating apple. Rosy red blushed skin. Creamy fine textured flesh, crisp, sweet and juicy. Regarded as one of the worlds finest apples and awarded a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit. Matures in mid season.

      Gala is a noted grandchild of Cox's Orange Pippin, with some of the aromatic qualities of the famous apple, but very crisp and sweet without the tang of Cox. Heavy red striping over golden skin, a beautiful apple. Gala is a precocious bearer.

      Giant Geniton 106, 793,NS,m26

      Versatile variety, a reliable and heavy cropper that keeps well. It has green skin turning very pale yellow with red streaks when ripe. It can be used for cooking in February or eaten as a dessert apple when harvested April onwards. Very similar to a tree ripened Granny Smith but smaller and redder when ripe. Very healthy tree, the fruit needs to be removed in early years so the tree can get some size. One of the early apples planted around the North that have been preserved and taken care of because of their successful growing.

      Golden Hawaii (early)106,793, Ns

      Originally from Sebastapol California USA in 1945. A cross of Golden delicious and Gravenstein.

      This crisp apple has a flavour that is distinctively fruity that some say has hint of pineapple.

      It’s appearance is large and yellow with sometimes pink/orange stripping. Late season.

      Excellent keeper 3 months or more under refrigeration.

      Golden Delicious  793,NS

      Golden Delicious apples were discovered in the early 1900s on the Mullins’ family farm in Clay County, West Virginia. In 1916, Stark Brothers Nursery introduced the apple commercially as a companion to Red Delicious. However, the two varieties are not related.

      The parentage of Golden Delicious is unclear, but some think it could be a relative of Golden Reinette and Grimes Golden. 

      Golden Delicious produces very sweet honey flavoured fruit, especially when tree ripened. This self fertile variety crops regularly and heavily late in the season. Apples ripen yellow. It produces on both tips and spurs.

      Golden Russet 106, 793, m26

      An old variety that once was very common around the north. They taste fantastic and are disease resistant. The fruit is small with the skin covered in a golden russet, a rich and full flavour, and it develops more if the apples are picked for a week or two before eating. A Great accompaniment to  wine and cheese! Ripe March.      

      The "champagne" of old-time cider apples, also delicious for eating and drying. Grey-green to golden bronze with a coppery orange cheek; heavily splotched with light brown russet. Crisp, highly flavored, fine-textured, yellow flesh makes very sugary juice

       Granny Smith 106, 793,NS,m26

      Dessert/cooker, Late season. A chance seedling from the backyard of Marie Ann Smith, Australia. A very late maturing, late keeping large, green, slippery skinned, dual purpose cooking/eating apple. The flesh is hard, crisp, and juicy. The flavor is  tart, becoming very sweet if tree ripened. One of those apples you either like very much or not at all. The fruit will store for several months after maturity without needing refrigeration. The tree is very vigorous and crops heavily, but it is not much good for areas with short growing seasons. G.S. is an excellent pollen source for other varieties. Tip bearer.US, UK, NZ, AU.

      Everyone knows this classic bright green apple with its tangy flavour and crisp white flesh. Bake it, sauce it, slice it, caramelise it, but most of all, simply bite into it. Keeps well. A productive regular bearer maturing later in April. 


      Gravenstein not available 2018

      Gravenstein is an attractive high-quality dessert and culinary apple, first described in 1797. It is well-known in the USA and northern Europe, and is still grown commercially on a small-scale. 

      Hayward Wright not available 2018

      Early season dessert apple ripe after Vaile Early and Early Strawberry and before Freyburg and is an excellent second early apple. The skin is dark red, with golden russet, the flesh is white with a lot of red streaking through it. Tree has smaller habit. The flavour is full and sweet.

       Hetlina 106,793, m9

      Medium sized; attractively coloured skin, bright red blush; flesh crisp, very firm. Reputed to contain high levels of riboflavins and other health-promoting vitamins. Healthy.

      An early dessert apple. Medium sized, with attractive bright red flush. Flesh is crisp, very firm, with good flavour. Tree produces reliably and is healthy. Originated in Czechoslovakia. One of the higher rating apples in the recent NZ studies undertaken on antioxidant and other beneficial compound levels.


      Hokuto not available 2018

      Japanese variety. Fruit is large, round in shape with red stripes on a yellowish background. Pale yellow flesh with high sugar and excellent flavor. Fuji x Mutsu cross.

      Irish Peach 793

      Heritage Apple. Originating from Ireland in 1820, 'Irish Peach' (yes an apple called Peach!) ripens early in summer. The skin is green with faint red stripes and the flesh is high quality with a very good flavour. This apple will not store well and is best eaten straight from the tree. Deciduous.


      This apple bears its fruit on the tips of the branches and it pays to be aware of this when pruning i.e. don't cut back all the strong leaders with fruiting tips. 

      Jonathon 793,NS

      Mid season. A medium/small sized apple with thin, bright red-blushed skin contrasting sharply with the crisp, juicy, yellowish white flesh. The flavor is archetypically 'appley' and aromatic and is one of the best in the crisp American class. The trees are vigorous growing but at maturity fairly small, and disease susceptible. 1st record:1826 USA

       K Red Delicious  793,NS

      This Red Delicious is one of the “old” Red Delicious apples, outstanding flavour, sweet, large, rich and very red/russetted .The original ‘delicious’ apples came from the U.S.A and are superior to the later versions. Large healthy trees and fruit. Red Delicious is a medium-sized apple, with a tall conical shape. The dark and intense crimson colour makes it the quintessential red apple, and it is has strong shelf life. Some enthusiasts also believe that in the development of more highly coloured variants, the good flavor of the original Delicious has been bred out.

       Lady finger cider  not available 2018

      A  mid season, bright red with a golden russet on the skin and it is sweet and rich and full of flavour . When tree ripened it is to be considered an excellent dessert apple in it’s own right. Ripe mid season.

       Lobo not available 2018

      Early mid season. A seedling of Macintosh selected in 1930 in Canada. A medium, bright red, crisp fruit that is particularly good for cooking, making a nice white froth when stewed (applesauce) and making excellent pies. Good all purpose apple, although a little tangy at first. They sweeten in storage. This high quality dessert and cooking variety has a bright, solid deep maroon/red skin and cream flesh. A good keeper and a strong healthy tree in Northland. Ripe early March.

       Mayflower  not available 2018

      A late apple of medium to large, round, flat size, with green russeted skin. A beautiful dessert apple, good for drying, cooking and juicing. Excellent old fashioned full flavour. Reputedly this apple came into the Hokianga Harbour in a barrel of pips in the 1850’s with the Rev Mr. Knaggs and named after the boat in which he arrived. Who planted his barrel of pips and selected this one as his favourite. Ripe Mar/April.

       Merton Russett 793

      Small. Golden russet colored. Flesh very crisp, deep yellow, and juicy. Complex sweet/spicy flavor.


      Monty’s Surprise 106, 793

      A mid season, medium-large dessert and cooking apple (up to 400grams). Coloured green with a red flush, flesh is crisp, with good flavour. It cooks well.

      Tree is vigorous and healthy. Partial tip bearer. Pollination group unknown (flowering around late October). Possibly self fertile.

      One of the highest rating apples in the recent NZ studies undertaken on antioxidant and other beneficial compound levels. The Original Monty's Surprise tree is a 90 year old seedling growing in the North Island.

      Discovered by Tree Crops Association member Mark Christensen in the 1990's, this is a unique New Zealand seedling variety. It has good natural disease resistance (in the lower North Island), so can be grown without chemical sprays. It is a wonderful cooking and eating apple, and, combined with its pips and flowers, has wonderful disease inhibiting ability. This is to the best of our knowledge, the best anti-cancer eating apple in the world. The majority of anti-cancer compounds in apples are found in the skin. The Monty’s Surprise apples mature over a long period and are ready to eat in about mid-April.

      Prima    793, NS, m9

      Dessert apple disease resistant with a red blush over 60% of the clear green to yellow skin. Crisp
      & juicy medium size fruit, matures mid season. First recorded USA 1963.

      Priscilla 793

      Priscilla is a late 20th century apple, developed by the well-regarded "PRI" co-operative or Purdue, Rutgers and Illinois universities.

      The primary aim of this program is disease-resistance, and flavor can sometimes be a casualty. Priscilla does fairly well on this score though, with a light floral flavor somewhat reminscent of McIntosh and Delicious in a good year, but ultimately this is a late summer apple and cannot compare with the later-ripening varieties. It keeps well for such an early variety, but is at its best when eaten straight from the tree or used for cider.  

      Cropping is consistent and as should be expected it is generally unaffected by disease problems.

       Indeed Priscilla is still one of the most disease resistant apples available. 

      Red Fuji 106

      Developed in Japan, but an all-American cross of Red Delicious and Ralls Janet. A very attractive modern apple, crisp, sweet-flavoured, and keeps well. 

      Red Spy not available 2018

      Originated in NY, around 1800.

      Similar coloring as Northern Spy, but redder. Cream colored flesh with juicy, crisp, rich, aromatic flavor. Excellent for eating fresh and cooking.

      Splendour not available 2018

      Late dessert fruit. it produces a large, thin-skinned yellow blushed red fruit with a crisp white juicy flavoursome flesh. excellent flavour and keeps well.

      1st record:1948 New Zealand size:medium matures:mid/late

      Sturmer 793

      Late variety. Good as a dessert and cooking apple. Medium green with a blush skin.

      Easy to grow apple and stores well...

      Tydemans Late Orange  not available 2018

      Kent (East Malling Research Station) 1930 Laxtons superb X Cox Orange Very late dessert apple, picking may. Keeps very well in natural storage through until following spring. Medium size, roundish to slightly conical shape, golden yellow tinged green with orange-red flush. Flesh cream, firm, crisp, sweet sub-acid and aromatic. Vigorous tree with high yield.  

      Vaile early 106, 793 

      A small to medium sized apple, early ripening Dec- Feb. Yellow skin red streaks. Reliable cropper of medium vigour. Crunchy, tasty sweet/acid flavour. Common apple 150 years ago around the north and ripe before today’s commercial apples. Vigorous fruit thinning will result in a medium fruit.

      Willie Sharp not available 2018

      A well known apple in NZ in the mid 1900’s. Pale yellow skin when ripe, similar in looks to Golden Delicious but firmer, with excellent flavour, sub-acid, sweet, juicy, heavy cropper, excellent for both desert and cooking.

      Wilsons Own not available 2018

      This excellent cooker is also great for eating, similar to Ohinemuri. It is round and flattish with a green skin turning yellow when ripe, red blush and a full flavour, sharp but still sweet when fully ripe. Heavy reliable cropper

      Winter Banana  106,793,NS

      A heritage apple that dates back to 1876. A highly attractive bright yellow apple blushed rose. Crisp, tangy, juicy flesh is highly aromatic and some say has a mild banana-like flavour. Well suited for warmer areas. Cooks and juices well. Deciduous.

      This apple is mature towards the end of autumn i.e. late season.


      Zimmerman not available 2018

      Mid season. Large, elongated ,pointy ,square apple , red streaky skin excellent rich sweet flesh. Origin Chatham Islands.


      Cider Apples

      CODE:-  Variety (apple/pear/plum etc) Rootstock available (mm106, m26, myro, quince etc)

      Bisquet  793, m26, 

      A cylindrical yellow fruit, with a pale orange red blush. The flesh is cream, fine,tender and juicy with a bittersweet flavour.

      Bordes  793, m26, 

      Browns Eater 793, m26,  

      Sharp - Brown's Eater 

      A traditional sharp cider apple in the UK, this one is gorgeous - bright green with threads of red through the skin. Flattish fruit, the tree is a mid-season cropper with the tendency of being a biennial bearer.

      C’Huero Ru bien not available 2018

      French cider apple

      Foxwhelp  793,NS,m26, m9 

      From Bulmers, Hereford, England, prior to 1920. Medium to large upright tree; leaves characteristically curled or wavy. Mid–late season bloom; pollinated with Yarlington Mill, Sweet Coppin, and Reine des Hâtives. Medium or large, conical or flattened fruit; irregular, almost closed eye and long stalk swollen at base in very shallow basins. Bright or dark red blush with stripe on skin.

      Mid–early harvest, with a fairly good yield. Bittersharp; produces an extremely bittersharp cider

      Gloire de Ponchartrain 793,NS,m26 

      French cider variety.

      Kingston Black  793, m26

      A late season cider apple. Fruit is small, conical, and yellow-orange with a deep maroon flush. Cider qualities: bittersharp, full bodied, distinctive flavour, vintage quality. Fruit keeps well.

      Tree is moderately vigorous with a spreading form. It is slow to start fruiting, then a fair cropper. It is slightly susceptible to black spot and canker and resistant to brown rot. Pollination group D.

      Originated in Somerset, UK, in the late 1800’s. Other name: Black Taunton.

      Knotted Kernel not available 2018

      A medium bittersweet from Herefordshire. The reports I have seen on it is that it is both rare and that it produces a very good cider

      Lady finger cider 
      not available 2018

      A  mid season, bright red with a golden russet on the skin and it is sweet and rich and full of flavour . When tree ripened it is to be considered an excellent dessert apple in it’s own right. Ripe mid season.

      Meteuz  793, m26

      French cider apple

      Mother in Law  793

      Popular for Cider making due to its sharp taste. Green-bronze skin with a red blush ripening around March-April. Deciduous.

      Royal Wilding 793

      Type: Classic bittersweet cider apple (Drinker).

      Looks: Pale yellow (slight green tinge) with virtually no flush. Often considerable golden russet in cavity and networked over the cheek. Medium to large size; a little ribbed. Flavour: A melting mild bittersweet. Makes a rich, pleasantly aromatic, cider comparable with Dabinett.  

      Heritage: Another fine apple heralding from the St. Thomas district of Exeter. It came to prominence in Devon at the beginning of the 18th Century; when cider formed part of farm labourers' wages. No doubt this contributed to its propagation and reputation as a fine old-fashioned bittersweet. Possibly an important link in the chain from the older Styre (Stiar) type apples, used in rough Devon Scrumpy, and more modern (Somerset) cider apples such as Dabinett and Kingston Black. It is also found in Somerset and Hereford where it may go by the name of Cadbury or Pounset.

      Habit: Similar to many pears in forming an upright, spreading tree of longevity; some susceptibility to scap. Mid season fruiting, although slow to crop - requires a favourable season. In Herefordshire it was noted as a good indicator of the season's overall apple productivity.

      Sidero not available 2018

      A great late season cider apple variety originating from Spain. It produces yellow - green, round fruits with a pale red blush, that are crisp and juicy. A versatile apple it is great for cider as well as cooking, and is well known for its elegant aroma.

      Slack My Girdle (slack ma girdle)  not available 2018

      Slack my Girdle probably means "slack my girl" rather than "loosen my belt". Risque names aside, Slack ma Girdle apples are medium sized with a quite flat shape and have an attractive, picture book apple colour of yellow green with bright red patches. The flesh is very sweet, making it a good choice for use in a blended cider when combined with a bittersweet and a sharp cider apple. As they are so sweet, these apples are also great for use in jams - just the best in blackberry and apple jam. Though it is in the early flowering category, Slack ma Girdle's fruit ripen late. Its leisurely ripening period could be the reason for its curious name. It originates from Devon, though its parentage is unknown.

      Stoke Red 793, m26

      From Rodney Stoke, Somerset, England. Medium, semi-spreading, slow-growing tree; very resistant to scab. Very late season bloom, partially self-fertile; good pollinator with Breakwell’s Seedling, Dabinett, Michelin and Brown Snout. In warmer districts this late flowerer may run into difficulty with lack of winter chill in certain seasons. Often small, flattened spherical fruit. Smooth, slightly waxy, sometimes dry skin; dark red with slight stripe. Flesh white and slightly reddened, soft, very juicy, usually some astringency. Late harvest with delayed cropping, but subsequently good yield and a biennial tendency; more than 3 weeks storage. Bittersharp; cider lacks body but is of vintage quality. 

      Sweet Alford  793  

       Sweet Alford is a highly valued old Devon apple, making a good quality pure sweet juice and a vintage quality cider. It makes a large upright tree giving good crops of sweet, crisp and juicy apples that make it a pleasant eating apple too. 

      Sweet Coppin  793, m26

      From Devon, England. Vigorous, semi-spreading tree; precocious; slight susceptibility to scab.

      Mid–late season bloom, self-fertile, good pollinator with Reine des Hâtives, Improved Foxwhelp, Yarlington and Michelin. Medium to large, conical fruit. Dry, yellow to yellowish-green skin with slight blush. Flesh white, soft, no astringency. Mid harvest, very good cropping, biennial with more than 3 weeks storage. Sweet; produces a sweet pure cider.

      Late mid-season maturity.  Makes "vintage" cider, but no astringency.  Mid season flowering. Precocious and productive.  Very low tannins.  Fruit 2-1/2".  Tends to go biennial. Tolerant to blight.   England, early 18th century.  

      Tremletts Bitter 793, m9 

      From Devon, England. Medium, semi-spreading, precocious tree; fairly scab-resistant.

      Very early bloom, self-sterile; possibly Brown’s Apple and Yarlington Mill may be early enough to pollinate, otherwise dessert varieties like Granny Smith and Jonathan would do well. Medium, conical fruit tending to cylindrical, pointed nose; stem and eye basins small and shallow; eye closed.

      Skin with heavy dark red flush often over complete surface; slight stripe, smooth and waxy. Flesh white, woolly, sweet and astringent. Early–mid harvest, good crop, biennial tendency, with up to 3 weeks storage. Bittersweet; produces a mild cider.

      Tom Putt  793

      Tom Putt is an old English cider variety, which can also be used for cooking. The fruit size is quite large for a cider variety, and the sharp flavour mellows when cooked.

      Yarlington Mill 793, m9

      From Yarlington, North Cadbury, Somerset, England. Medium, semi-spreading, precocious tree; some scab susceptibility. Mid–late bloom, partially self-fertile; good pollinator with Improved Foxwhelp, Reine des Hâtives, Sweet Coppin, Michelin and Dabinett. Medium, conical fruit.

      Lightly striped dark red skin; smooth, slightly waxy, yellow. Flesh white, reddish below skin, slightly crisp with some astringency. Late harvest, good crop, biennial with more than 3 weeks storage.

      Bittersweet; produces a medium cider.


      Cooking Apples

      CODE:-  Variety (apple/pear/plum etc) Rootstock available (mm106, m26, myro, quince etc)

      Ballarat not available 2018

      A heritage Australian apple dating back to the early 1900’s. Ripe towards the end of April. It’s fruit is large, green with a red blush, and with creamy white flesh. Cooked it is excellent. The fruit will store for several months after maturity without needing refrigeration. Ballarat is very vigorous. 

      Bramleys Seedling 106,793,NS,m26

      England ’s most popular cooking apple. Firm tart and acid flesh, yet sweet with a good flavour. Very juicy. Medium to large sized conical and rounded shaped fruit. Pale yellow skin has a red cheek when ripe. These apples keep well. They cook to a pale fluff. A hardy vigorous tree.

      A late cooking apple also used for juicing and cider making. A large flat-rounded fruit with an irregular 'blocky' shape. Has a greenish-yellow skin with broken broad red stripes and flush. Skin becomes smooth, shiny and greasy when ripe. Flesh is yellowish-white, firm and juicy with a sharply acidic flavour unless tree ripened, is very high in vitamin C. It cooks to a pale cream puree, retaining its good strong acidic flavour, excellent for pies. Used for cider making and also makes an excellent sharp tasting juice. Keeps very well retaining much of its acidity and flavour over the winter.

      Tree is very vigorous with a spreading form, thick shoots and leathery leaves. A part tip bearer, thinning is recommended as it is a heavy biennial cropper, slow to start fruiting. Is recommended for areas with cooler summer temperatures and/or less sunlight hours, needs good shelter. Blossom is an attractive bright pink, but is susceptible to late spring frosts. A healthy tree, although susceptible to black spot in wet areas, it is resistant to mildew and canker. Susceptible to bitter pit. Pollination group D, is a triploid so will not pollinate others. Katy and Lord

      Lambourne are good pollinators for Bramley’s Seedling. Betsy Brailsford raised the original Bramley's Seedling tree in her cottage garden at Southwell, Nottinghamshire, UK, 1809-1813. In 1856 the tree came to the notice of nurseryman Henry Merryweather, who named it Bramley's

      Seedling after Mr Bramley, a butcher, who owned the cottage garden at the time. Introduced in 1865 it received a First Class Certificate from the RHS in 1883, soon after it was grown by commercial growers. It has since then become by far the most widely grown and best known cooking apple in the UK. Other names: Bramley, Bramley's Samling, Triomphe de Kiel.

      Fairbelle 106

      Late March-April. Large size, rosy red. Excellent Cooker and Desert apple. Cooks to a pulp. A very healthy disease resistant tree.

      Lord Nelson 106,793

      Originated Australia early 1900's as a larger Sport of "Kentish Fillibasket". Fruit large green with some red flush and stripe with a sweet sharp flesh ripens early to mid season. Cooks to a puree retaining high flavour. Long flowering period good polinator for other early flowering triploids such as Gravenstein.


      Mayflower not available 2018

      A late apple of medium to large, round, flat size, with green russeted skin. A beautiful dessert apple, good for drying, cooking and juicing. Excellent old fashioned full flavour. Reputedly this apple came into the Hokianga Harbour in a barrel of pips in the 1850’s with the Rev Mr. Knaggs and named after the boat in which he arrived. Who planted his barrel of pips and selected this one as his favourite. Ripe Mar/April.

      Merton Worchester 793

      Merton Worcester is also probably the most successful of the Merton series of apples, and has been grown commercially on a small scale in England.  However it has never really achieved the commercial success of either its parents - Worcester Pearmain or Cox's Orange Pippin.  It is perhaps best considered as an enhanced Worcester Pearmain, because visually and in terms of flavour it is difficult to distinguish from that variety.  If you like Worcester Pearmain then Merton Worcester is well worth growing for that reason alone - but it is clear that the the aromatic flavours that its developers probably hoped would have been inherited Cox's Orange Pippin did not happen.

      Ohinemuri not available 2018

      This full flavoured old fashioned cooking variety is also a great dessert apple (if you like tart apples) and can be used for juicing and drying. It is round (easy to peel for processing), has yellow skin and is a prolific bearer and very healthy tree. Fruit must be taken off until tree gets some size. Ex Te Puke - originally from the Ohinemuri area, Hauraki. Mid-late season.

      Peasgood Nonsuch not available 2018

      (1853) An enormous flat apple of exceptional quality with a sweetly juicy creamy flesh. Cooks to a sweet delicately flavoured puree, but is delicious baked or used in salads.

      Self fertile. Very large, round, pale green turning yellow, broad broken red stripes, flushed orange-red. Sweet-sharp, juicy, soft, aromatic. Cooked is sweet, delicate, puree texture.

       A mid-season dessert apple. A great cooker from early season. A very large round fruit, pale green turning yellow with broad broken red stripes and flushed orange-red. Its flesh is white, soft and juicy with a sweet-sharp, aromatic flavour. The tree is very hardy, growing with medium vigour to a compact, with a low spreading round-headed shape. It spurs freely and is a good cropper. Blossom is susceptible to frost. It is resistant to black spot and susceptible to canker. Good regular cropper and reasonably disease resistant tree.

       Reinette Du Canada 106,793 

      Esteemed in France for making tarts and late eating when mellowed. A very late season medium size apple. Fruit greenish-yellow gold. Medium to large. Great dessert apple sharp, dry, sweet, crisp texture and flavor. Excellent keeper.

      1771 Normandy France mid-late season, eating or cooking. Green with good flavour Good keeper.

      Wilsons Own  not available 2018

      This  excellent cooker is also great for eating, similar to Ohinemuri. It is  round and flattish with a green skin turning yellow when ripe, red blush  and a full flavour, sharp but still sweet when fully ripe. Heavy  reliable cropper

      Worchester Permain not available 2018

      Large, round green skinned fruit, maroon blush on sunny side when fully ripe. Heavy reliable cropper with outstanding health. Fluffy when cooked, with a great flavour. Ripe Mid-late season.

      (c.1876)medium sized fruit, crisp and juicy with an intense strawberry flavour. Very sweet and loved by children. Very heavy and regular early season bearer.

      Yorkshire Greening not available 2018

      Large, roundish, irregular, and flattened. Skin dark green, striped with dull red next the sun. Stalk short and thick. Eye closed. Flesh white, and pleasantly acid. One of the best kitchen apples. Mid season (April) - keeps 3-4 months


      Crab Apples

      CODE:-  Variety (apple/pear/plum etc) Rootstock available (mm106, m26, myro, quince etc)

      Bedford crab not available 2018

      Golden Hornet 106,793, m9

      Upright pyramidal habit, white spring blossoms and clusters of small, shiny, golden ornamental fruit borne in great profusion, retaining well into winter. (2x2m)Very large quantities of small (1/2-inch) yellow crabapples.  Tolerant to scab, mildew and fire blight.  Annual bearing. Much used as a pollenizer for mid- and late-season blooming  varieties.  


      Jack Humm 106,793,m26

      This is a commercial pollinator variety which has heavy, reliable crops in Northland. It is red and used for making cider and vinegar. 


      Japanese plums are more tolerant of milder winters (shorter chill requirement). European plums like hot dry summers and cold winters. They flower later than Japanese plums. Japanese species blooms early, and so can be damaged by early spring frosts. Japanese plums are vigorous and some fruit on 1 year old wood as well as spurs, European plums fruit on 2 year wood, and branch less freely.

      European Plums

      CODE:-  Variety (apple/pear/plum etc) Rootstock available (mm106, m26, myro, quince etc)

      Coes Golden Drop myro

      Mid season variety,sweet dessert. Yellow skin and flesh. Pollinate with Greengage.

      When you bite into a really delicious yellow plum from the market, there is a good chance that it is a Coe's Golden Drop. The large, oval fruit are radiant yellow inside and out with a gorgeous flavour that has a hint of apricot. They are a venerable English plum. They have lovely firm flesh and are equally good right off the branch or preserved as a jam or prune.

      Golden Drop's History and Parentage

      In the early 1720's, Sir William Gage of Bury St Edmunds received a shipment of plum trees with very sweet green fruit from France. Somewhere along the line, these acquired the now famous name, Green Gages. Jervaise Coe became the estate's gardener and during the late 1700's used the Green Gage to create his Golden Drop and other varieties. In this case he crossed it with Dame Aubert or White Magnum Bonum, a good-sized, juicy yellow plum that lacks much flavour. The Golden Drop proved to have the best of both fruits and is grown by farmers to this day. 

      Damson myro

      English type. Small prolific freestone. Ideal for jam, sauce or chutney. Self fertile,best in colder areas

      Late season. These small, round, blue-black plums are covered in a heavy bloom (like many blue European plums) and have amber-green flesh. They are acid, and are usually used for jelly/jams or for damson gin (!), but if the fruit are left on the tree very late they become of acceptable eating quality, if rather 'sharp'. The trees are vigorous and bear prodigously, with some selections ('damson' tends to be a generic term for many similar varieties) bearing very well in the warm temperate areas. Disease resistant. Self fertile. 

      Puhoi myro

      Mid season, self fertile, dessert, bottling, yellow flesh and skin, excellent dessert. Puhoi Valley. 

      Whakapirau Gold/Yellow Gold myro, peach

      A large yellow skinned and fleshed, sweet and juicy variety. Ex Kaipara Harbour, Large tree, good health. 


      CODE:-  Variety (apple/pear/plum etc) Rootstock available (mm106, m26, myro, quince etc)

      Cacak Fruitful peach

      Prunes are really just a plum that has a high sugar level. 'Cacak' hails from the former Yugoslavia and is used there to make the potent brandy 'Slivovitz'. Extremely sweet, dark purple, small fruit with yellow flesh. Ripe late February. Self fertile. Deciduous.

      The fruit can be dried without the need to remove the stone.

       Victoria prune  myro

      This European Prune Plum has large, firm, 'blue' skinned fruit of good quality. The flesh is yellow and very sweet. Matures quite late in the season towards the end of March. Very productive. Pollinate with 'Italian Prune' or 'Stanley'. Deciduous.


      Japanese Plums

      CODE:-  Variety (apple/pear/plum etc) Rootstock available (mm106, m26, myro, quince etc)

      Black Doris myro, 

      ('Doris' seedling selection) Mid-Late season. Medium to large very dark black-purple freestone fruit with dark red very firm flesh. Good for bottling (and jam) because of it's firmness and deep color. B.D. is a vigorous, upright tree, and a heavy cropper. Best pollenizers are 'PURPLE KING - Mid-late season.('Hale" x 'Doris') This large fruit has purplish red skin covered with a heavy bloom, and excellent flavored, yellow flesh (tinged wine red near the stone). P.K. is a very vigorous tree. Pollenizers - '. 'Elephant Heart' may also pollenize ths variety. It is well suited to warmer, more humid areas, as it has some resistance to bacterial diseases.

      Dark purple black fruit with deep red sweet juicy flesh Freestone.. Excellent for eating ,jams and bottling. Ripens late February. Pollinators are Billington ,Elephant Heart, Santa Rosa. 

      Duffs Early Jewel myro,

      'Duffs Early Jewel'. Early season (follows 'Wilsons Early'). DEJ is also a small fruit, but a bit larger than 'Wilson's Early, and also has red skin and yellow flesh.' DEJ has the advantage of being self fertile. In addition it is a useful pollenizer for other cultivars. A handsome, very dark skinned, very firm fleshed plum with little flavor and only moderate sweetness. The flesh is pinky suffused over light amber yellow. Trees crop heavily. Susceptible to bacterial diseases. .Freestone.

      This is an early plum that is a really good pollinator for most of the Japanese plums. If you’re having trouble with pollination in Japanese plums and you have bees around then this tree should help. The plums are early and good to eat ripe Dec. self fertile

      Hawera  peach, myro

      Originated from a chance seedling found on the roadside near Hawera. Large dark red fruit with very firm dark red flesh. One of the best deep red plums. Heavy cropper, freestone, ripens January. Self fertile. Deciduous.

      Tamaki Special   myro

      It is a large, dark red meaty plum which is full of flavour and very sweet. It is always a vigorous growing tree. Ripe January after Marabella.  Pollinated by Duff’s Early Jewel and other plums.



      Arapahoe  peach

      This  variety has red skin, golden flesh and freestone with red streaks  around the stone. Great flavour, and texture and is very juicy.  It is an outstanding Dalmation cultivar and originally came from Ruawai.

      Golden Queen (seedling)

      The Golden Queen is reputed to have first been grown in New Zealand in the garden of a Mrs Reeves in Tauranga.

      Red Leaf peach

      Very similar to the Black Boy peach with crimson leaves. Resistant to disease.

      Very ornamental. 



      Majestic long lived fruit trees provide you with a huge bounty of fragrant & flavourful Quince fruit.
      Quince cannot be eaten fresh but is great cooked in fruit dishes & conserves where it takes on a lovely dark red colour.

      The large aromatic lemon coloured pear-like hard fruit ripens in Feb-Mar and is a spectacular sight with its huge bounty dripping from every branch.

      Cut the fruit into slices, then poach in some water with brown sugar & sliced lemons along with some other seasonal fruits (apples, plums, prunes, apricots). Serve warm with whipped cream, yum!

      Quince trees are easy to grow, have reliable and productive harvests. They thrive in sunny sheltered spots in heavy moist soils.
      They are trained just like Pear and Apple trees to an open vase shape. Fruit is tip borne on the current seasons growth.
      Quince grow to similar size as semi-dwarf Pear trees, H3-4 x W2-3m. They are all self fertile.

      I have 2 excellent varieties ...

      Grafted onto Quince BA29 rootstock.

      Giant of Gascony

      Very large fruit with spicy flavour. Golden skin with strong fragrance. Excellent for jellies and preserves. Self pollination.


      Excellent strong grower, very productive heavy cropper from a young age


















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