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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.

Red Falstaff (AGM)

Apple Trees Eating | Pollination group 3 | Type Dessert Apple | Award of Garden Merit | Genus Malus domestica Falstaff | Red Falstaff Apple Fruit Trees For Sale | Buy Online

Dessert Apple Red Falstaff fruit trees - This new heavy cropping apple variety would be our choice in any garden. Falstaff has so many plus points and it never seems to fail. Received the Award of Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society. Self fertile with disease resistance and frost tolerance. The fruits are bright red with crisp juicy well flavoured flesh. Picking time late September. Pollination group 3.

Size and shape of Falstaff apple trees for sale below.

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3 Year Bush - 10 Litre
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20 Dec 23 | David Pritchard

Ordered a two year bush on MM106 rootstock and it was delivered in a week. A really well shaped tree with excellent roots. Beautifully packed.

24 Apr 23 | WS

We made our first purchase of a lovely 2yr old Red Falstaff Apple Tree on the recommendation of our friend on our Allotment. The tree arrived promptly, well packed and in excellent condition. With helpful planting instructions it is now ‘settling’ into its new home and we look forward to enjoying the plentiful fruit in the future. We found your website easy to navigate and look forward to doing business with you again.

1 Jan 20 | Emma

I am really pleased with the Falstaff Apple tree sapling I received, which was packaged with great care and looks extremely healthy. Even from my initial order Blackmoor guided me to purchase a 1 year maiden, as I’m hoping to train it as a double U cordon against my garden fence. So I would recommend making use of the comments area when you place your order. A special thanks to Gordon for the guidance he gave me! I’m looking forward to seeing it burst into life in spring! I’ve already recommend Blackmoor to my gardening friends.

20 Dec 19 | Andy

Falstaff on M9 received last week. Good quality, size and service. Much better than other supplier I used once.

2 Aug 17 | jim Norris

Another excellent tree which I'm sure will give me years of delicious apples. Many thanks.

10 Mar 17 | fastaf apple

another superb tree as I have begun to expect from your nursery. thank you very much. there are a lot of sites on the web that could take a lot of lessons from you as to how to supply top quality trees!

29 Apr 16 | Duggie

Got my Falstaff today, as always a fantastic service, well package and tree looks very healthy, thank you once again Blackmoor

25 Apr 16 | Lynda

Bought a M26 maiden in 2012 and trained it as a cordon. Doing very well. No problems or disease. Had regular crops of good tasty crisp apples. Growing in Cornwall. Can recommend.

9 Mar 16 | Robin Berry

Very pleased with this apple,a good sturdy 2year old tree that has a good shape, it arrived very well packaged with full instruction on planting excellent quality 10/10

30 Dec 15 | Frances Rawson

ordered this tree on M27 rootstock to make a stepover apple tree. Very healthy looking, well packaged and arrived very quickly. Hope to order from you again in the future.

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Red Falstaff Apple Growing Tips.

How to grow a Red Falstaff 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 Red Falstaff apple - Any other apple variety in pollination groups 2, 3 or 4. Falstaff 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 principels of fruit tree pruning.

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