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A guide to choosing the right size

Fruit trees for sale | Self Fertile Apple Trees. 

Blackmoor Nursery is one of very few Nurseries in the UK offering gardeners the opportunity to buy self fertile 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 Apple fruit trees - Availability means available for supply from Nov to May.

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

How tall will my Apple tree grow? 

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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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 = 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 = 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 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. All varieties in this section 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. £15.00 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)

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

Dessert Apple Red Falstaff fruit trees - This new heavy cropping variety would be our choice in any garden. This variety 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. Fruits are bright red with crisp juicy well flavoured flesh. Picking time late September. Pollination group 3.

Size and shape of fruit trees for sale below.

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3 Year Bush - 10 Litre
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24 Nov 23 | Karen Wright

I received my bare root apple tree today. It arrived in good condition and packed well. Within 2 hours of its arrival my husband had planted it in the garden. We can't wait to see how it grows and taste the fruit. Also had upto date and time of delivery from courier. Very good. I will definitely purchase more products in the future and recommend to family and friends.

22 Oct 22 | Sam Gray

I purchased a Falstaff tree back in 2015, its on a m26 rootstock, I've pruned it into a espallier shape tree. The quality of the tree was strong and healthy. This season, 2022, I harvested 34 beautiful fruit during September. They taste great. Now my neighbours want one.

14 Jun 22 | PaulineBradshaw

Arrived today with apples on looks lovely wellpacked

4 Mar 22 | Clive aw

Only recent planted but tree arrived well packaged and in good condition, seems to have taken very well already

28 Nov 20 | Kate

Great little tree. Bought a 2 year bare root with a semi-dwarfing rootstock in January. We planted it in a large pot and had 10 tasty apples by October.

5 Jul 17 | Tom C

Bought bare root in Feb. Arrived in great condition and has established quickly. Really happy with this apple tree!

29 May 17 | Rose P

Bare root apple tree bought at end of season, arrived well packaged and is now blooming on a sunny bank in Yorkshire

15 Dec 15 | kathy s

a caring service, As this autumn has been mild the nursery didn't want to dig up the trees for bare root stock until they were sure the trees were dormant. I received regular updates as to the delivery by email and the courier delivered within 24hrs of dispatch. excellent service.

27 Apr 15 | EJ

GREAT opal plum tree in good shape as always I used blackmoor for years never been let down thanks again.

17 Apr 15 | Hannah

Absolutely thrilled with the service, and the quality of my tree. I ordered it yesterday morning and it arrived today! Tree looks lovely and healthy, and very well cared for. Thank you very much.

3 Apr 15 | Kim

Received my m27 in a pot last week the plant looks healthy and arrived with excellent packing! Thank you and customer service is very helpful as well!

30 Jan 15 | Glynis Leigh

Ordered and delivered within 3 days, sturdy tree on m27 for a pot. Blackmoor give my wonderful advice, helpful friendly great service. Thank you. I will be back for more soon.

15 Nov 14 | glenys grass

Fabulous little apple tree, complete with fruit. Also appreciated the care the staff took to get the tree to me in time for my mothers birthday. They were very understanding and helpful.

30 Oct 14 | Germaine Maxwell

Received my dwarf Falstaff apple tree last week and am delighted with it. A very healthy looking tree that was perfectly packed for shipping with informative instructions on planting and care. Customer service is truly excellent and I am so pleased to have found Blackmoor. Thank you so much.

17 Oct 14 | Eddie

Today I took delivery of a Falstaff Apple tree along with three other varieties, and each and every one of them are strong and healthy plants. Great trees and excellent service, I would recommend Blackmoor to anyone.

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

14 Aug 14 | Pat

Ordered a Falstaf & an apricot tree on 11th both delivered today (14th). Good healthy plant well packaged along with planting & care info. Thanks Blackmoor.

9 Aug 14 | tienda

i bought falstaff apple tree,delivery on 05/08/14,it was very healthy apple tree,and it was in a long cartoon box,good packed,very please,thank you .blackmoor

7 Aug 14 | Maui

Amazing apple tree. Had four apples already when I received today in fantastic condition, the leaves are all perfect not one hole or tear quality way surpasses any garden centre I have used. I will now buy all my trees here thanks

27 Sep 13 | Amanda

Just received my first apple tree. Went for a small one as my garden is on the small side. It arrived nicely packaged and looking in fantastic shape. Planted it out and what a difference it makes to my garden. Great tree and great service thanks.

13 Sep 13 | Shirley

Ordered the m27 rootstock as only small garden and tree really is first class. I already had a couple of do called dwarf trees purchased elsewhere but after seen the quality of trees from blackmoor they've been removed and given to friends and replaced with blackmoor trees as they are such good quality and look like small trees unlike the others. Would recommend for anyone wanying a goof quality fruit tree

14 Mar 13 | Sarah C

Have had this variety in my garden for the last 4 years. Crops very heavily every year and in fact each year I have to thin off some of the fruits in July. Fruits are juicy with a very nice apple flavour. Not had any problems with any disease.

4 Jan 13 | Leslie

This is my first attempt at growing fruit. The tree that I recieved looks great. Very strong and healthy. Fingers crossed, wish me luck

4 Dec 12 | Jacqui

Thank you very much for your prompt and efficient service. The apple tree was a replacement for the one I bought from another company for a few pounds cheaper back in May. It was a miserable little stick with no leaves that broke off its graft after a month or so. Imagine my surprise when I received yours -- taller than me and already growing a basketful of apples! What can I say? Superior in every way.

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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 principles 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.