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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.

Royal Gala (AGM)

Apple Trees Eating | Pollination group 4 | Type Dessert Apple | Award of Garden Merit | Genus Malus domestica Royal Gala | Royal Gala Apple Fruit Trees For Sale | Buy Online

Dessert Apple Royal Gala fruit trees - Royal Gala is similar to Golden Delicious but well coloured with a much better flavour. Received the Award of Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society. Royal Gala is a heavy and regular cropper. If you like a crisp juicy apple then Royal Gala is the one for you. Picking time late September and fruit stores until December. Pollination group 4.

Size and shape of Royal Gala apple trees for sale below.

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23 Jan 20 | James Norris

Another first class tree. Never disappointed with Blackmoor. In my relatively small garden I've gone from 'bushes' to 'cordons' and pretty soon will have to go to 'pots'. Quality of trees, speed of delivery and after sales service is second to none with Blackmoor.

17 Mar 17 | royal gala

again, a superb tree in great condition, well grafted and packed to perfection! I have purchased 12 trees this season and wish I had found your site sooner. your trees are second to none! I will be back next year

18 Dec 16 | Cat

Very pleased with this gala apple tree, I ordered the 1 year maiden and it was much larger than expected with a lot of branches. Seems a healthy tree in great condition. Roots were still nice and damp on arrival.

8 Jul 16 | Zabeena Pandian

I ordered the tree in early April 2015 but as the tree was not surviving I informed Blackmoor who very promptly replaced it during the following season. However the second tree also didnt survive, but the information and advice provided by Blackmoor is much appreciated. Customer service is excellent.

14 May 16 | K Cork

I ordered a gala apple tree and it was delivered quickly and was really well packaged - the tree is really healthy and is growing well, it's now covered in leaves and flowers - super happy with my purchase!

24 Apr 16 | Priya Balan

I ordered the potted tree on a M27 rootstock. The tree arrived promptly nad was in excellent condition - a beautiful healthy looking tree which looks like it may have some buds on it although it is still too early to tell. I am very happy with my tree and will be returning to Blackmoor again and again.

20 Jan 16 | Robert Jones

super fast delivery and excellent quality. will certainly use Blackmoor for all our new garden requirements

29 Mar 15 | Dawnmarie

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

30 Jan 15 | Glynis Leigh

I am a very happy customer, fabulous advice and customer service, not enough stars to give them.

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.

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Royal Gala Apple Growing Tips.

How to grow a Royal Gala 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 Royal Gala  - Any other apple variety in pollination groups 3, 4 or 5. 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 Royal Gala apple fruit trees direct from our Nursery. We have one of the largest range of apple trees available for sale online.