From 1 September 2023, we are pleased to resume our free fruit identification service for RHS members. Please read the details below before sending in your fruit to us.
What fruit you need to send
- Please send 3 typical ripe fruit complete with stalks
- Please well wrap the fruit in tissue paper (or similar) and pack it in a box
- Avoid selecting fruit that is misshapen, undersized or not ripe
- Including a small branch with undamaged, mature leaves also helps
How to send in fruit for identification
Post your fruit to us early in the week so the samples reach us in good condition. Send to: Fruit Naming, Gardening Advice, RHS Garden Wisley, Woking GU23 6QB.
Please provide the following information in a letter accompanying the fruit (if you don’t include the printed form above):
Your name, address, RHS membership number, and email address (we will respond by email wherever possible) along with the below information:
- Town/city/village where the tree is growing
- Typical ripening/picking time
- Use – dessert, culinary, dual-purpose or cider
- Location such as a domestic garden or an old orchard
- Age of the tree if known, or an indication of age such as very old, mature or fairly recently planted
- Any additional information you think might help us identify the fruits for you
We will aim to respond to you within 10 working days of receiving your fruit. However, some samples can take more work to identify, so please bear with us if it takes longer.
Please note: We are not able to identify fruit samples at our face-to-face Gardening Advice desks.
Opportunities to have your fruit identified at RHS Gardens in 2023:
RHS Garden Wisley
- Wisley Flower Show: Tuesday 5 and Friday 8 September, 10am–1pm and 2pm–4pm
- Festival of Flavours: Wednesday 11–Saturday 15 October, 10am–5pm
RHS Garden Hyde Hall
- Festival of Flavours: Friday 29 September–Sunday 1 October, 10am–1pm and 2pm–4pm
RHS Garden Rosemoor
- Festival of Flavours: Saturday 7–Sunday 8 October, 10am–4pm
RHS Garden Harlow Carr
- Late Fruit and Vegetable Competition: Friday 20–Sunday 22 October, 10am–4pm
Options to identify your fruit
Brogdale Collections, home of the National Fruit Collection, offer a postal apple and pear identification service. Find out more on the Brogdale website.
Or, have a go at identifying the fruit yourself using the Fruit ID website.
Keen individuals, orchards and nurseries may consider using DNA identification. The NIAB research institute offers this for apples, pears, strawberries and raspberries from samples of new growth in early summer.
Please note: This service can be expensive and would advise discussing the cost first.