Choosing the correct rootstock

Hi, One side of my house is south facing and gets full sun all day, so I want to plant a peach & an apricot tree there & train them against the house. Is there a rootstock available to safely do this without damaging my foundations while still not being too dwarf? Can anyone help?


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 8,039

    Hi Gothic, I'd recommend one I grow myself  "Avalon Pride" on "Mont Clare" rootstock.  It is peach leaf curl resistant and grows to about 2m x 2m.  Mine gives a good crop of full size peaches in a south-facing front garden.  Due to the relatively small size I don't think you need to worry about roots damaging foundations.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Thanks for the link Dave, looks like an M9 then.
  • Thanks Bob, I will look around for Avalon Pride .is it self fertile?
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 8,039

    Yes Gothic - no other peach trees anywhere near me.  Blossom is very attractive too.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Thank you Bob, yes peach blossom is lovely , I keep bees & they'll love it. So that's pretty much decided then. Just need to sort out the Apricot now.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 8,039

    Can't help on the apricot but will be keeping an eye on this thread in case anyone recommends one - after one myself. image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 56,665

    I'm thinking of an apricot and will be taking advice and buying from here - they're really helpful and the fruit trees I've had from them have been superb (and I'm not related to them in any way image)

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • Thanks for the link Dove,

    There's a couple of varieties I hadn't heard of (Alfred & Glow Fan).

    I bought a Morpark in a garden centre sale last winter for a pittance ( big mistake) it was a weak tree & died in mid summer.
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