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A guide to choosing the right size

Fruit trees for sale | Apple Trees

Blackmoor Nursery is one of very few Nurseries in the UK offering gardeners the opportunity to buy Apple fruit trees direct from our Nursery.

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.

How tall will my Apple tree grow?

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

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MM106 - Rootstock for Apple trees.
Semi vigorous, Approximate height 3-4 metres when mature.

M26 - Rootstock for Apple trees.
Semi dwarfing, Approximate height 2.5-3 metres when mature.

M9 - Rootstock for Apple trees.
Dwarf, Approximate height 2-2.5 metres when mature.

M27 - Rootstock for Apple trees.
Very dwarfing, Approximate height 1.8 metres when mature.

Bare Root Apple trees = 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 or 12 Litre Apple trees = Container grown and can be planted all year round. The size refers to the number of litres of compost that the container holds. Freshly potted trees will not be rooted into the pot yet.
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. 

2 Year Cordon = 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)

2 Tier Espaliers -  The term espalier refers to the way fruit trees are trained to grow against a wall. It makes the tree easier to prune and the fruit easier to pick. This decorative method was often used in traditional walled kitchen gardens and is perfectly suited to growing fruit in the smaller garden. 

Stepovers - Cultivated since Victorian times, they are basically one tier espaliers that are low enough to simply ‘step over’ where necessary. These are useful to define borders with. Their short stem and a horizontal branch look equally good in front of ornamental borders or vegetables.  

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 of Apples are self fertile. Pollination chart for apple trees


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.

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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 £9.95 is for all single tree orders. £11.40 if more than one tree. £13.90 charge for larger orders except in the case of the Espalier Fans and Step Over trained trees where this charge is between 40.00 - £57.00 depending on the delivery location. 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.

James Grieve (AGM)

Apple Trees Eating | Pollination group 3 | Type Dessert Or Cooking | Award of Garden Merit | Genus Malus domestica James Grieve | James Grieve Apple Fruit Trees For Sale | Buy Online

Dessert/Cooking Apple James Grieve fruit trees - Raised by James Grieve in Edinburgh, Scotland. James Grieve was first recorded in 1893. Received the Award of Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1897. Now a well known well flavoured, juicy second early. James Grieve is an excellent choice, especially for a difficult site. Crops heavily and regularly. The soft texture fruit is both juicy and tangy. James Grieve does well in northern gardens. Picking time late August to early September. Pollination group 3.

Size and shape of James Grieve apple trees for sale below.

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13 Jan 22 | Steve

Ordered a JG Cordon along with three other cordon apples in November 2021 for my allotment. All arrived safely and well packed in early December 2021. Planted same day as arrival following guidance notes. All growing well and at 13 January already starting to bud due to unseasonably warm weather. Would recommend highly

18 Feb 19 | B Cooper

This is a very reliable variety, the most consistent cropper among all apples in our London garden. We ordered the cordon bare root option last year to replace a diseased tree. Upon arrival it looked well pruned into shape. Within a month of arrival in March it flowered. Much as expected of a James Grieve! Excited to eat those delicious apples again this year (we removed flowers last year as have just planted it then).

8 Sep 18 | Angela in Yorkshire

Excellent apples trees. I was so pleased with my James Grieve on M27. Bought bare rooted and planted in a pot earlier in the year, it survived the harsh winter and dry summer. I have been buying fruit trees from Blackmoor since 2013. I have an older James Grieve, also from Blackmoor. It fruits well.

9 Jan 17 | Andrew Gooch

I just want to thank you for the brilliant sevice, response to my emails and delivering a lovely tree in excellant condition despite the fact I'd only ordered one tree! I know where to come in the future. Thank you very much. Andrew Gooch

3 Apr 16 | R Munro

Very happy, prompt delivery and healthy bare root tree. looking forward to spring.

3 Mar 16 | Craig Hargreaves

Purchased a James Grieve Apple tree, a healthy bare root tree was promptly delivered. Very impressed with the service and quality of the tree supplied.

25 Jan 16 | John Lloyd

Thanks for the excellent service and delivery of the fruit trees. They were very well packed and look to be of a high quality and in excellent condition. Also thanks for the quick email response to my questions prior to my order.

12 Jan 16 | Andy Parris

Recently planted 2 apples to train as stepovers and raspberries. Delighted with quality of the trees/plants and the delivery service. Thanks

12 Jan 16 | Andy Parris

Prompt delivery of healthy looking bare rooted tree on M27. First class specimen to train as a stepover. Thanks.

12 Jan 16 | Andy Parris

Prompt delivery of healthy looking bare rooted tree on M27. First class specimen to train as a stepover. Thanks.

30 Dec 15 | Frances Rawson

Tree arrived looking very healthy, M27 rootstock, well packaged and delivered quickly after ordering.

6 Sep 15 | Simon

Can't fault the service from Blackmoor's or the tree. Well packaged and a healthy looking tree. Planted earlier this year and the tree is doing very well. Would happily recommend.

17 Jan 15 | Peter Morley

I was kept informed about progress of my order. My trees (James Grieve and Cox's OP, 1 year old bare root) look very good - nice shape and healthy. Well packaged.

8 Jan 15 | John Lo k

Tree has just arrived late today and appears in very good condition and was very well packed. Extremely pleased with the service you have offered

7 Nov 14 | Anni C

Excellent healthy tree delivered speedily and very well packaged. Superb service as usual.

13 Oct 14 | Elaine McGhee

Beautiful, healthy tree. Also bought a Katy apple tree and I am delighted with both. Thank you Blackmoor.

9 Oct 14 | Vineeth

Well Established , beautiful healthy tree in mm106 rootstock as expected. After my months of research it took me a while to find the courage to buy trees online, but now I know where to go if I need more plants. One stop for all fruit trees. When I wanted to change the order , a friendly staff promptly refunded my previous order and allowed me to reorder as I changed my mind in the selection. Delivery was extememy fast. 5stars

23 Mar 14 | Dawn M

There is a number of reasons why I keep coming back to Blackmoor's; excellent quality stock, impeccable customer service and speedy dispatch. I honestly can not fault this superb retail business. I've now bought 14 cookers this year of which 7 have been trained into cordons. Well done.

24 Feb 14 | Wayne newson

Another fantastic tree, very well packaged, fast delivery can't fault your service thank you very much.

16 Feb 14 | correction to original review

Just noticed original review only showing 1 star sbould be 5 sorry

21 Oct 13 | JH

Excellent quality tree delivered, well packaged as usual. Tree has established very well and I am training as a dwarf pyramid. Managed a couple of delicious fruit even in first year!

26 Sep 13 | Andrew

M27 rootstock, excellent healthy tree, provided us with 7 large eating apples of very good flavour in first full season.

11 Sep 13 | shirley

purchased a m27 dwarf and was pleasantluy surprised at quality and size - it looked like a small tree not like the ones at the garden centres. so impressed i ordered another variety of apple for the garden service is excellent, delivery first rate

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James Grieve Growing Tips.

How to grow a James Grieve apple tree in my garden - Our Care Guide for fruit trees will help you get the very best from your tree.

How to plant my apple tree - Our How To Growing Tips section on our website has a video that will show you how.

What other apple varieties will cross pollinate James Grieve  - Any other apple variety in pollination groups 2, 3 or 4. Pollination chart for apple trees

When is the best time to plant a fruit tree - Container grown apple trees can be planted at any time of the year. Bare Root apple trees can only be planted between the months of November - April.

Planting distance for apple trees - All fruit trees are grafted onto a rootstock. It is the rootstock that determines how big the apple tree will grow into. There is a rootstock guide on the left hand side of all fruit tree product pages that explains this. As tall as the tree will grow into would be the planting distance. Example MM106 will grow to 3-4 metres when mature. So a spacing of between 3-4 metres would be required.

Can I grow a apple tree in a pot - All fruit trees will be happy growing in a large container. A pot around 50-60cm is ideal. There is more information on growing fruit trees in containers in our FAQ page.

How do I prune a fruit tree - Our Care Guide explains the basic principles of fruit tree pruning.

Blackmoor is one of very few Nurseries in the UK offering gardeners the opportunity to buy Malus domestica James Grieve apple fruit trees direct from our Nursery. We have one of the largest range of apple trees available for sale online.