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Customer special request

I have a customer who has made the following request 

Our wedding anniversary this year the theme is fruit and flowers.

I would like to plant something that fits that but also is quite big as a lovely gesture. Would would be a beautiful tree to plant and what the biggest you could do?
Can you think of something that would be a really good gesture 

He has a really big garden with very established trees around a very big very modern house situated quite a slope.


I'll take any suggestions but I'm a bit  lost with this request. I also want to make a good impression and would consider involving specialists . 

I'll try and upload an image of the garden. 

Cheers James.


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    Hi James,

    I might try a multi stemmed crab apple from Van der berk nurseries. Its called Malus Donald Wyman, I think it ticks the boxes of what your looking for. Keeps its fruit during the winter. Apples are smaller than your average crab apple.I have found vsn der berk excellent to deal with. They have a UK supply im pretty sure. Nice dilemma to have!!!


    Best of luck





  • do they want to eat the frute,use it for cooking or making drinks or just decorative you could consider somthing like they have done a alnwick castle walled garden See the source image

  • Depends if they want to eat the fruit .

    Another Malus to add to the list is Evereste & Profusion a lot of the malus family are ideal . 

    They is the obvious canidates like apple - cherry - pear - plum.  I wouldn't bother with damsons we will all be dead before it crops well. Unlikely to get fruit on peach / necterines and apricots unless you live in mild climate .

    I personally adore Cornus Trees and the Kousa group do get edible fruit what look like little strawberries, Plenty of varieties to look at . 

    Amelchier fruit are also edible and a good all round tree.  Arbutus unedo have edible fruit and are very architectural 

    • Have you ever eaten a cornus kousa fruit?.I wouldn't recommend  it.

    • PRO

      A group of Three fruit trees may make a bigger statement than One fruit tree . 

      Roses ? produce blooms and fruit , reliable and look nice climbing up a structure such as an arch . 

      If they love fruit victoria plums will keep on cropping for years 


  • PRO

    Thanks for all the replies and ideas. 
    I plan to investigate alll the ideas at the end of the week and tray come up with a plan at the weekend. 

  • PRO

    Two nurseries worth a look are Paramount plants and Wykeham Mature Plants

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