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Unproductive fruit trees ?

We moved into our house in Nov 2012 and were told we had a cherry, apple and pear tree.  Maintenance has been non existant and as a result, blossom was minimal and no sign of any fruit last year, whilst houses on either side had fruit in abundance.  What should I do with these trees ?  


Apple tree we think.  Blossom minimal, lots of congested branches.



Pear tree we think, looks pretty ropey, can we save it. It is the trunk on the right hand side.



 Cherry, already in flower a bit now, but no sign of any fruit last year.  This is in the centre of our lawn. 

They previously had been in a fairly shady garden and last year we cut trees back so a lot more light in the garden now. 

Any advice gratefully received.  We'd love to have lovely fruit trees with amazing blossom, but I'm wondering if we should start again, which would rather not do if possible. 

thanks for any help given. 


  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,072

    Try clearing the ground around the base of their trunks so there is open soil (no grass especially) within a metre all round and gently fork-in some well rotted manure or garden compost with added food (eg fish, blood and bone.)  I think they could be a bit starved of food which has been taken by other plants growing too close.  They might be being shaded out a bit by the taller trees surrounding them, too.

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    Ornamental cherry may be in flower now, but not one that will produce fruit.

    That red-leaved tree does not look like a fruiting apple, but I may be wrong.  2012 was a bumper year for apples, lots of trees had a rest last year, but lots were magnificent.  On the other hand if it is an apple tree it may have gone biennial.

    The pear tree is far too far away to tell anything.  Ours produced very few in 2013.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 72,126

    From it's shape and the fact that it's flowering at the moment I suspect that the cherry may be the lovely Prunus subhirtilla autumnalis - there are pink and white versions.   - an ornamental rather than a fruiting variety and absolutely gorgeous. Frequently used as a specimen tree in a lawn. 

    I agree with Welsh Onion that the red-leaved tree looks more like something ornamental rather than an orchard variety.  

    Not sure about the third 'pear' tree.

    What is certain is that Bob is absolutely right - clear the land around them, feed and mulch and give them a chance to recover from being starved - if things don't improve in a couple of years then it may be time to replace them.  Photos of blossom may help us with identification later in the year image

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  • Tropical SamTropical Sam Posts: 1,488

    I got no fruit on my Apple or Cherry tree last year as the late frost in April destroyed the flowers.

  • Peanuts3Peanuts3 Posts: 759

    Great thank you.  I have daffodils under the cherry tree so once they are out I will clear the grass from there and I will do the same under the other two.  A little job to be getting on with when the garden stops flooding ! 

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    Had a thought.  The red-leaved apple tree might be a crab apple.  Or it might be that  Prunus they plant on the roads of housing estates.

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