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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.

Blenheim Orange (AGM)

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

Dessert/Cooking Apple Blenheim Orange fruit trees - After nearly two centuries Blenheim Orange is still regarded as the best dual purpose apple. It received the Award of Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society. Blenheim Orange has creamy flesh that is crisp and dry with an excellent nutty flavour. Fruits are golden, flushed and striped with dull red and fine brown russet. Blenheim Orange has very good mildew resistance and the yields are heavy. Growth is very vigorous but Blenheim Orange needs two other apple varieties for cross pollination (technical term is a triploid). A good choice for northern gardens. Picking time early October. 

Size and shape of Blenheim Orange apple trees available below.

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It's now a year since receiving my young tree & it continues strong & healthy. I was pleasantly surprised how substantial & well shaped it was when I received it, all preserved by excellent packaging. The whole process of order, communications, & delivery was first class (despite national Covid disruption ). Sparse blossom & no fruits appeared in first year due to late frosts which was fine as its energy was concentrated on building root growth. Definitely recommend this very professional & reliable nursery & the quality of its products.

12 Dec 19 | Roger Phillips

First class service from ordering to delivery. Good strong trees with good roots. I will definitely be ordering from Blackmoor in the future.

3 Dec 18 | Richard W

The process from purchase via the website to the point of collection was handled very efficiently. The bare root Blenheim Orange tree was a good shape, in good condition and at a competitive price.

8 Sep 18 | Angela U

I keep coming back to Blackmoor for more fruit trees. I bought Blenheim Orange, 1yr bare rooted on M27 rootstock. A heathy, well shaped tree. All my Blackmoor plants fruited well this year despite the harsh winter and dry summer in Yorkshire.

5 Sep 18 | Sally

Planted a couple of years, not produced as much fruit as some of the other varieties I bought but tree still looks healthy.

8 Dec 17 | kevin

Two healthy looking trees with good root systems arrived well packaged and on the specific day we had arranged. Could not fault their service or products. Expect to be buying from Blackmoor again.

29 Sep 17 | Sally

Good, healthy tree, established quickly.

23 Mar 14 | Dawn M

There is a number of reasons why I keep coming back to Blackmoor's; excellent quality stock, impeccable customer service and speedy dispatch. I honestly can not fault this superb retail business. I've now bought 14 cookers this year of which 7 have been trained into cordons. Well done.

21 Dec 13 | John Falle

I have recently received in Jersey an order of bare root apple trees and bare root soft fruit from Blackmoor. The order was very well packed, it arrived on time and the plants all looked extremely vigorous and in excellent condition. The accompany instructions were clear concise and comprehensive. I consider Blackmoor to be an extremely good and reliable supplier. I would not hesitate to recommend Blackmoor to anyone. John Falle

23 Jan 13 | Keith Scott

I have used you every winter for the last few years - keep adding to my fruit collection. Had used another fruit producer prior to that and was disappointed with their service. Never been disappointed with blackmoor service or the quality of the fruit trees/bushes.

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Blenheim Orange Apple Growing Tips.

How to grow a Blenheim Orange 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 Blenheim Orange  - Any two other apple varieties in pollination groups 2, 3 or 4. 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 Blenheim Orange apple fruit trees direct from our Nursery. We have one of the largest range of apple trees available for sale online.