Potted Tree Availability List – June 2018

Availability List (June 2018) of Trees at Blackhaugh Farm, Spittalfield

Please phone Andrew on 07749987213 to view or reserve these trees!

All In 12 litre pots  
APPLES £18 each  
M27 very dwarfing stock suitable for small gardens and containers PLUMS £20 each
Bloody Ploughman Blaisdon Red
Port Allen Russet Marjorie’s Seedling
Sunset Opal
King of the Pippins Denniston’s Gage
Fortune Shropshire Prune
Liberty PEARS £20 each
Lass of Gowrie Christie
Katy Conference
Howgate Wonder Beth
M26 dwarfing stock for cordons and small gardens Other trees: £20 each
Ribston Pippin Medlar Nottingham
Saturn Quince Portugal
Windsor Peach Peregrine
Tower of Glamis  
Discovery FANS and ESAPALIER trained trees £25 each.
Fortune Port Allen Russet
Discovery Beauty of Moray
Scot’s Bridget Opal Plum
Bloody Ploughman Others tbc.
Morgan Sweet  
Worcester Pearmain
MM106 semi-vigorous for gardens and orchards
Beauty of Moray
Cambusnethen Pippin
Lass O Gowrie
Bloody Ploughman
Annie Elizabeth
Reinette Grise
Exeter Cross
Belle De Boskoop
Maggie Sinclair
Tam Jeffrey


Andalucia and a Million Olive Trees



Last year I reported on a trip to  the Jerte Valley in Extradamura where I saw many Cherry trees. And in fact upon my return i found them for sale at a farm shop in Angus! Last month ( March)  I was again in Spain and visited both Madrid and Cordoba Botanic Gardens. Both had collections of herbs and fruit trees, but Cordoba also had splendid indoor displays of Olive, Vine and other traditional crops used for making baskets. However my best experience was seeing the extent of Olive growing in the south of Spain as I literally cycled through 200km of Olive Orchards! I am beginning to get the impression that Spain does its horticulture at a big scale. If ever there were a disease to hit these trees, then the economy of the region would collapse overnight.

The last of the trees along the Via Verde del Aceite were being harvested as i cycled by in early March; I scrumped a few, and was surprised to find them bitter and producing a red stain on my fingers. So much for olive green!



Apparently ( according to wiki) they all need to be partially fermented to make them palatable. I saw men using sticks and a Stihl machine with a long vibrating pole to shake off the last fruits, which were then raked up by hand.

Surprisingly few varieties are grown commercially, and the dozen or so countries growing them tend to have their own favourite varieties. It is a growing industry, olives as we know being associated with healthy diets. Spain is by far the biggest producer, followed by Italy, Greece, Turkey and Morocco, with US and China all getting in on the act it seems.

It is suggested that they are not self-fertile, so a mix of varieties is necessary. I couldn’t discern a mix of trees myself, but there were orchards with a slightly greener leaf colour. The pollen can cause considerable irritation and it is windblown to boot. Glad I don’t live next door to an Olive Farm!

My biggest concern was the fact that there was no ground flora beneath these orchards, or very rarely a patch of yellow flowers, and as a consequence the heavy rains have caused a considerable amount of erosion on the hillsides. The area I travelled through was predominantly limestone and I would have expect to see a good number of flowers.


Pruning was being carried out in many orchards, and seems to be quite brutal with big limbs being cut out of the middle of the trees with chainsaws. Presumably this is to let light in, and to facilitate easier harvesting with many horizontal branches. The spacing between the trees was very wide, well over 8m. Only later from the train window did I see some intensive orchards, with trees planted very close together in lines 3m apart or so. These were quite possibly pruned with hedgetrimmers. I wonder what the productivity is of these trees compared to the more extensive systems? Unfortunately i couldn’t find anyone to ask.

However i’m now back home and enjoying some big Olives Margaret bought at the Deli in Dunkeld. Alas I don’t know where they came from but I will be taking more interest as to where they originated and the variety in future!


Andrew March 2018.


Fruit Tree Availability List December 2019

We are in the process of stocktaking, and this is a provisional list:

2 YEAR OLD Bare Root APPLE TREES – READY December 2019. £15 each.

BOLD = Scottish Apples



Adam’s Pearmain



Arbroath Oslin

Ard Cairn Russet

Arthur Turner

Ashmead’s Kernel

Annie Elizabeth

Beauty of Bath

Belle de Boskoop

Bramley’s Seedling

Blenheim Orange

Bloody Ploughman


Beauty of Moray    

Cambusnethen Pippin            

Cutler Grieve   

Charles Ross

Crimson Newton Wonder


East Lothian Pippin 

Ellison’s Orange

Exeter Cross

Emneth Early

Early Julyan

Galloway Pippin 

George Cave



Golden Noble

Golden Pippin


Howgate Wonder

Hood’s Supreme

Herefordshire Russet

James Grieve



Keswick Codlin

Kidd’s Orange Red

Lass O’ Gowrie 

Laxton’s Fortune

Lemon Queen


Lord Rosebery

Lord Derby

Mank’s Codlin


Morgan Sweet

Maggie Sinclair                                 

Port Allen Russet 


Red Devil

Red Windsor

Reinette Gris

Ribston Pippin

Scot’s Bridget

Scot’s Dumpling

Siddington Russet

Stoke Red

Seaton House 

Stirling Castle 

Stobo Castle 

Tam Jeffrey

Thorle Pippin 

Tom Putt

Tower of Glamis

Tydeman’s Early Worcester

Tydeman’s Late Orange

Wheeler’s Russet

White Melrose

William Crump

Worcester Pearmain



We have a selection of specially imported Canadian Saskatoons for sale in 3 or 5 litre pots.
These trees produce a fabulously sweet blue berry in July, and are similar to Blueberries. They differ in that they do not need acid soil and prefer good sunlight and any good loamy soil.
The varieties we have for sale are Smoky, Thiessen, Northline and JB 30. These are all commercially selected for their superior sized and quality fruits from tlocal wild trees in central Canada.
They are very hardy, and reach between 2.5 to 3.5 metres. Pruning involves cutting out a few of the tallest trees in a few years time. They are likely to be productive for 40 years or more. Our specialist guide gives more information.

Appletreeman’s Guide to Growing Saskatoons


Some big tough old Monarch trees can be found in Scotland. It is a good late cooker for many areas of Scotland, in Stirlingshire i have sen the fruits still on the trees well into January.

Monarch Appletree

Monarch Appletree

It ripens greenish yellow with a red flush. This nice tree is at Kellie Castle in Fife.

Worcester Pearmain

A juicy crispy white fleshed early October eating apple, once grown extensively commercially but now much superceded by more modern varieties. I have a prolific tree in my garden, though i had to learn to prune it as a tip bearer to get it to do so! A deliciou

Worcester Pearmain

Worcester Pearmain

s apple.