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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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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 £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.

Queen Cox Self Fertile

Apple Trees Eating | Pollination group 3 | Type Dessert Apple | Genus Malus domestica Queen Cox | Queen Cox Apple Fruit Trees For Sale | Buy Online

Dessert Apple Queen Cox fruit trees - A self-fertile clone that needs no other variety for pollination. Queen Cox is a more highly coloured clone of Cox's Orange Pippin that was discovered at Appleby Fruit Farm, Kingston Bagpuize, Berkshire and then received by the National Fruit Trials in 1953. Queen Cox has all the same benefits and taste as Cox's Orange Pippin but the fruits are more coloured with an aromatic flavour. Pollination group 3.

Size and shape of Queen Cox apple trees for sale below.

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2 Feb 18 | Barry Cooper

Apple tree came early two days after ordering, which to be honest is amazing service. Although the tree was well packed, three of the branches were damaged (4star rather than 5), which I hope shouldn't affect the tree long term. With such good packaging it could only have been done during packing, particularly since the tree is quite wide spreading. Other than that a very health tree and look forward to many years of delicious fruit.

26 Jun 16 | Laura Pendlebury

Two beautiful 2 year apple trees - ordered Friday, delivered Tuesday and planted Wednesday - together with a Nandina shrub in perfect condition. The packaging was excellent. I also recommend the Fruit Growers Guide, which is the most straightforward and easy to follow guide I've seen. Thanks very much Blackmoors for such excellent service.

29 Mar 15 | Dawnmarie

Excellent tree. Bargain end of bareroot season price. Thankyou.

14 Mar 15 | Ali

Great service, great trees will be buying more thank you.

21 Feb 15 | Lieven

Received mid 2014 as espalier. Followed all guidelines when planting and it looks like the tree is doing very well. I was able to make my third tier right away as well which was a bonus.

22 Sep 14 | Beryl Pratt

Thank you for the lovely apple trees, and the quick despatch of my two orders. I now have four bush apple trees from Blackmoor, they are absolutely perfect, good shape with strong firm branches in all directions, full of healthy leaves, plenty of roots but not at all potbound. Both despatches were very quick, the plants spent less than 24 hours in their boxes, and arrived on the stated day each time. They are so much better than the straggly trees one sometimes finds in garden centres, there is no comparison between them and the quality plants from yourselves, obviously grown with light and space and not crowded together. I have every confidence they will settle quickly in my garden and I will be heeding the advice to remove the fruitlets after flowering in the first year, except for one or two left on - I just have to see at least one fruit from each of these excellent trees next year. A very happy customer, and will be again if a space miraculously appears in my garden for another fruit tree! The after care booklet is also very welcome, and I was glad to hear about Tree-Aid charity for Africa as well, a wonderful idea.

30 Nov 13 | Carol Huxley

One year maiden arrived which we are going to train ourselves to an espalier! Now planted against sunny fence. Can't fault packaging.

21 Oct 13 | James H

Very healthy and well feathered tree delivered. Tree established well. Managed to train 2 espalier levels in one growing year. Very happy!

1 Oct 13 | Saima

Impressively tall and healthy 1 year old M26 arrive promptly in intelligent and great packaging. I had ordered duo buy so even saved more money. The tree was full of blossoms and I got a delicious apple :) despite losing blossoms as my tree container toppled over :( Looking fwd to years of lovely apples. Highly recommended.

14 Mar 13 | JL

Thank you for your delivery, I was impressed with the products and would like to mention in particular the careful and intelligent packing, which ensured that trees, shrubs, stakes and smaller plants arrived safely and in excellent condition. The bare rooted plants were carefully wrapped so did not dry out even though I was not able to plant immediately. Thank you !

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Queen Cox Apple Growing Tips.

How to grow a Queen Cox 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 Queen Cox apple - Any other apple variety in pollination groups 2, 3 or 4. Queen Cox apple is a self fertile variety so it will fruit without another apple tree nearby. 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 Queen Cox apple fruit trees direct from our Nursery. We have one of the largest range of apple trees available for sale online.