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A guide to choosing the right size

Fruit trees for sale | Crab Apple Trees | Malus 

Blackmoor Nursery is one of very few Nurseries in the UK offering gardeners the opportunity to buy Malus Crab 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 Malus Crab Apple tree grow? 

A guide to selection, rootstocks come in 5 sizes see the chart below, all of our trees are labelled using these codes. Our Crab Apples are grown on the MM106 rootstock.

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Semi vigorous, Approximate height 3-4 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 Litre = Container grown and can be planted all year round. The size refers to the number of litres of compost that the container holds.
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.


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 except in the case of the Espalier and Fan trained trees where this charge is a maximum of £40.00. The lower postal rates range from £2.80 - £5.70, will be applied to smaller orders of the lighter plants like currants, raspberries, gooseberries, blackberries, asparagus and strawberries although larger orders will go into the £10.00 rate. Once you have put together your order the delivery charge will show before payment. All orders are despatched in one delivery.

Delivery times - Orders are despatched to you within 7 days unless there is a delay caused by the weather conditions. We shall inform you via email of the delivery day as soon as it is known closer to the time. You can add to your order at any time. If you wish to add to your order then please email us and we shall send you a ref code that can be used for free shipping. We shall let you know when your order is being shipped via email. If you change your email address at any time please change your details on your account.

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.

John Downie

Crab Apple Trees | Genus Malus | John Downie Crab Apple Trees For Sale | Buy Online

John Downie Crab Apple - Perhaps the best fruiting crab apple. John Downie has beatiful white flowers in April followed by large bright orange to red fruits in the autumn. Malus John Downie have a very refreshing flavour that make them ideal for jams and jellies.  



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5 Feb 19 | Jacqui G

Decent 1 year maiden, will wait to see how it establishes.

28 Feb 15 | Jimmac

I got a good, healthy, blemish-free crop off it the first year, good sized crabs and a nice red to green colour. They're quite early so don't last on the tree. I think mine were all gone by October the birds took what I didn't. Last year they were a bit scabby, but I've not given it very much room so it isn't a fare review for last year. I would chose this only if you want an early crab for jelly and jams or just really like the look of the fruit which are very nice. Size, getting on for 3 cm. A nice plant but give it some room. :-)

27 Feb 15 | Dawnmarie

I come back to Blackmoors time and time again because the fruit stock is second to none; the customer service is excellent; the packaging is sturdy; despatch is swift ie a few days rather than weeks. Again, this John DownieI have just received is one fine specimen. Thankyou so much everyone at Blackmoors. I love my tree!

2 Oct 13 | Nick Roberts

Very pleased with this lettle tree, considering it was the first season it performed very well indeed. I had a crop of 18 apples on it. Highly recommended for cider making and a pretty little tree in the garden as well.

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