A guide to choosing the right size

All orders are despatched in one delivery. If your order contains both bare root and container grown plants then we can only despatch when all plants are ready. 

Any Bare Root fruit trees - Availability means available for supply from Nov to May.

Any Container grown fruit trees - Availability means available for supply now. 

A guide to selecting your fruit tree. Rootstocks come in 5 sizes see the chart below, all of our trees are labelled using these codes.

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Semi vigorous, Approximate height 4-5 metres when mature.

Semi dwarfing, Approximate height 3-4 metres when mature.

Dwarfing, Approximate height 2-3 metres when mature.

Very dwarfing, Approximate height 1.8 metres when mature.

Bare Root = Field grown trees that have been freshly lifted and supplied with no soil around the roots. Only available during the dormant period November-April
10 Litre = Container grown and can be planted all year round. The size refers to the number of litres of compost that the container holds.
1 Year Maiden = A one year old tree and the size depends on the variety but in general they will be 125cm in height and will have some side branches.
2 Year Bush = A two year old tree that has been pruned back in the first winter to form a bush shape. Generally trees will be 150-175cm in height with multiple side branches.

2 Year Cordon 10 Litre = The term cordon simply refers to a single stem with short sideshoots (the fruiting spurs). This is usually trained angled to 45 degrees (oblique cordon), but can be trained singly vertically (also known as minarette)

Pollination Made Simple 

Most suburban situations provide good pollen due to the close proximity of other gardens. It is not always necessary to have pollinators if the bees and other pollinating insects are generous with their visits. If you have no other Apple tree close by then select two varieties in the same group or the adjoining group ie group 2 and 4 will pollinate group 3 as will any others in group 3. Some varieties are self fertile. 


Most suburban situations provide good pollen due to the close proximity of other gardens. It is not always necessary to have pollinators if the bees and other pollinating insects are generous with their visits. If you have no other Apple tree close by then select two varieties in the same group or the adjoining group ie group 2 and 4 will pollinate group 3 as will any others in group 3. Some varieties are self fertile.

fruitgrowers handbook


delivery charges

Collection - If you would like to collect your trees then use this option. Note the collection is from the Wholesale Nursery office between Monday-Friday only. Please allow 1 working days for your order to be processed prior to collection date.

We are not a Garden Centre or retail Nursery. Orders can be placed via our website and the collection option can be selected at the checkout. Your order will then be ready for you to collect during our normal opening hours which are Monday-Friday 07.30-16.30. Our plants are grown in fields that can be 2 miles away from our office so it is not possible to just turn up and select your own trees.

Delivery Charges - The delivery charge is worked out from the weight and the size of the plant. We have several rates that apply to UK mainland addresses. A delivery charge of £8.50 is for all single tree orders. £10.00 if more than one tree. £15.00 charge for larger orders except in the case of the Espalier Fans and Step Over trained trees where this charge is a maximum of £40.00. Once you have put together your order the delivery charge will show before payment. All orders are despatched in one delivery.

To take advantage of a promotional code or gift voucher this must be entered into the redeem code box at the checkout. Discounts cannot be given once an order is completed and any codes have not been used.


Apple Trees Cooking | Pollination group 3

Cooking Apple - Raised in 1964 at East Malling Research Station in Kent. The first new cooking apple for decades. A good choice for people who want large fruit but haven't the space for a Bramley’s Seedling. This compact variety pollinates freely, does not suffer from mildew and is heavy cropping. The fruits are pale green, striped with orange to red and they store well. Fruit is sweet and juicy and retains its shape. Picking time late September. Pollination group 3.

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Rootstock Description Price Availability QTY
M26 2 Year Bush - 10 Litre £25.00 9 Available
M26 2 Year Cordon - 10 Litre £26.00 3 Available
M27 Step Over - 10 Litre £39.00 1 Available

14 Feb 17 | Felicity

Bought this last year has grown extremely well and already has some fruitbud. Tress and packaging always A+++

3 Nov 16 | Lena

Spoilt for choice with the trees on offer. Great information to help with selection of dwarf rootstock and variety and the tree is a much sturdier and bigger tree than I could find in my locale. Hoping for many seasons of apples!

7 May 16 | Peter Hutchings

ordered 2 bare rooted tree. Came on time, well packaged. Trees are strong healthy specimens I am one happy chappie

30 Mar 16 | Tracy

bought a bare root tree last Feb(15) it came in excellent condition,beautiful shape with full planting instructions,no flowers last year but lots of buds this year looking forward to apple pie

16 Oct 15 | Seymour

Collected tree in March, it looked excellent. Followed instructions supplied, tree has grown very well and I look forward to next year's apple crop. Have just ordered more fruit from Blackmoor.

26 Feb 15 | Geoffrey

Collected our order yesterday as arranged. Trees were ready and waiting for us. They were well packed and clearly labelled. The trees are about 4..5 feet high,well pruned and with a good root system. Very pleased with them. We also appreciate the detailed planting advice that came with them.

4 Feb 15 | Barbara

Thank you for the prompt and courteous delivery of the Apple tree sent as a gift to an 85 year old relative. Mrs Brown, the recipient, was not only delighted with her gift but also with the gentleman who delivered it to her who actually personally verbalised the message attached. Mrs Brown and her daughter plan to make a small orchard at their home and I have ensured that they have your details so they can order additional trees from you. Once again thank for you help in providing this present. Yours sincerely

30 Jan 15 | John

I have just received delivery of a 2 year Bountiful apple bush, a loganberry and a blackberry. All appear to be well grown and healthy. The only problem is that the apple tree has suffered damage. The heavy duty plastic pot was broken and a small piece of bark has been knocked off. This has obviously been caused by a strong blow. There was no damage to the box and therefore I can only assume that the damage was sustained at the packing stage.

2 Nov 14 | Emma Tillyard

Four our 5th wedding anniversary (“wood”), we ordered two espalier apple trees – Bountiful and Braeburn, and a fan trained Sunburst cherry. I’d phoned Blackmoor nurseries to ask advice about pollinating groups and the very helpful lady there steered me in the right direction. They arrived within just a few days, carefully packaged and looking beautifully strong and healthy. Our families came to help us plant them as a little wedding anniversary celebration and they look stunning, with their obvious good health and striking architectural shape. The Bountiful is so happy it’s sprouted some new leaves, even though it’s the beginning of winter! We only have a small garden so these espaliers are ideal against our fences and give an elegant, formal look to the garden. We look forward to the fruit, and in the meantime they already give lots of pleasure just by looking attractive.

29 Aug 14 | Nikki D

Really impressed with the service - good communication, swift delivery and well packed tree. Really lovely specimen - hope it likes our garden. Am a novice fruit grower so am relying on your videos for planting advice.

24 Mar 14 | Charlotte Crook

Strong healthy bare root tree arrived which was packed with care. Will be ordering again from such a great company.

21 Feb 14 | Dawn M

Bought as part of an offer. Two dessert and a cooker. I must say, on a M27 rootstock, I'm looking forward to training into a cordon give all the little side shoots. Excellent.

30 Nov 13 | Carol Huxley

Lovely tree 10 litre pot grown. Very pleased with shape.

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