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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.

Sunset (AGM)

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

Dessert Apple Sunset fruit trees - Raised in approximately 1918 by G C Addy at Ightham, Kent. Sunset apple received the Award of Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1960. Sunset is an excellent heavy cropping garden apple that is hardy and compact with very good disease resistance. The fruits are gold with red stripes and have a firm, crisp, fine textured flesh with a good aromatic Cox like flavour, which is sharp and intense. Picking time late September. Pollination group 3.

Size and shape of Sunset apple trees for sale below.

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18 Feb 19 | B Cooper

Bought a cordon version of sunset Apple - my second - to replace the one on M27 from three years ago... we basically killed it by planted it in the ground the year before last!! This cordon on M26 looked a lot sturdier when it arrived and was in flower within a month of arrival. The shape of the cordon was very well pruned. It has grown significantly since, and is now showing signs of growth again! Look forward to some lovely little sunset apples again this year. M26 is the way to go :)

22 Nov 18 | Antony

I bought this apple variety in March 2016 from Blackmoor on M27 as a 2yr old tree. It has grown really well in a heavy clay soil over the last two years. In the very hot summer we had this year (2018) the fruits turned a beautiful luminous red colour. The tree has produced lots of lovely tasting apples. Very satisfied customer.

8 Sep 18 | Angela U

My Sunset apple cordon on M26 was delivered promptly and has thrived. The tree is a strong, healthy well shaped cordon. Never been disappointed by Blackmoor. Been using them for years.

11 Aug 17 | Tom Cranham

Another great tree delivered quickly. Looks very healthy.

3 Apr 17 | Paulas

I ordered 2 plants of Sunset M26 - Minarette in Sep 2016. I received them on said date without any problem. The plants look very healthy and looking forward to see them fruiting in years to come.

9 Mar 16 | Robin Berry

Excellent 2 year old tree with a nice shape, my whole order arrived well packaged with instruction, looking forward to some fruit in the third and fourth years

15 Dec 15 | Sue A

Sunset Apple M26 arrived today. Lovely looking plant and extremely well packaged. Look forward to planting it tomorrow and watching it flourish.

21 Nov 15 | B Cooper

Sunset apple in M27 bush form arrived very promptly alongside blueberry patriot. Both plants in splendid conditions. The apple is almost at maximum height at two years, which signals the growing conditions in the nursery is great I think. It is fair to say these plants are the best quality I have got, not only from online orders but also just generally speaking from anywhere. I believe Blackmoor look after the plants very well. Also have to say, I saw some of the same Sunset Apple plants with the Blackmoor tag in a few garden centres nearby, they were nowhere near as healthy-looking as the one arrived. Really look forward to watching it grow and hopefully there will be some fruits come the late summer. Highly recommend Blackmoor, I'll come back for me next summer.

4 Aug 15 | David

Purchased an M26 2 year old bare root tree in March '15. It arrived in excellent condition and as advised I promptly planted it and it is now August '15 and a small crop of apple are developing after I heavily thinned it out so as to not overload it. But so far it is exceeding expectations!

29 Mar 15 | Dawnmarie

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

15 Dec 14 | Lynn Barrett

Received our dwarf Sunset last week and it is in excellent condition. We look forward to watching it grow and fruit. Excellent service, excellent stock. Thank you. Dwarf cherry next ….

7 Nov 14 | Anni C

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

16 Oct 14 | Pamela Freeman

My Sunset 2 year bush Apple tree in pot arrived this morning, complete with apple.😄 In perfect condition,and very well packed. Thank you so much.

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.

12 Jun 14 | susan brockett

We're really pleased with this apple tree - a 2 year bush in a 10 litre pot, it was a very nice surprise to open the box and see so many leaves and little fruits on it, better than we could have hoped for!

4 Dec 13 | Terry

Ordered a 2 Year Bush Bare Root and very impressed by the size and quality of the tree delivered.

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Sunset Apple Growing Tips.

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