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Fruit trees for sale | Apricot Trees. 

Blackmoor Nursery is one of very few Nurseries in the UK offering gardeners the opportunity to buy Apricot 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 April.

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

How tall will my Apricot tree grow? 

Fruit trees are grafted onto rootstocks. Rootstocks come in 5 sizes (2 for Apricots) see the chart below, all of our trees are labelled using these codes.

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Montclare approximately 3 metres when mature.

St Julien A (SJA) 3.5 - 4 metres when mature. Although trees can be kept smaller if fan trained.

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 may 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. Generally trees will be 140-160cm in height with multiple side branches. This height guide is an end of summer height. 

 

situation

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. All Apricots are self fertile but may require hand pollinating.

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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.

Apricot Tomcot®

Apricot Fruit Trees | Genus Prunus armeniaca Tomcot | Tomcot Apricot Fruit Trees For Sale | Buy Online

Apricot Tomcot fruit trees - This variety of Apricot gives a very heavy crop of large crimson flushed fruits which are ripe for picking from around the middle of July. Tomcot is grown on a dwarf rootstock (Montclare), which is the latest rootstock for growing apricots. It produces a very manageable Apricot tree that fruits heavily. Approximate tree height when mature 3 metres. Tomcot is a self fertile Apricot but like all other Apricots they do flower very early so hand pollinate the flowers with a soft brush to aid the pollination. Protection from frosts when in blossom is essential. This Apricot would be our choice for any garden.  

Size and shape of Tomcot apricot trees for sale below.

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18 Dec 20 | Anthony J Hopkins

Another fantastic order from Blackmoor. Received this yesterday. The tree has arrived in A1 condition, it is also a fantastic specimen. I can’t wait to get it in the ground at the allotment tomorrow. Will be ordering again from Blackmoor. Say no to the “big boys” and order from Blackmoor that’s what I say.

3 Sep 19 | David Park

I bought two trees in 2016 and this year they both produced abundant fruit. One tree I watered once the fruit set and its fruit were bigger than chicken eggs, the other the fruit were half the size. So water regularly.

5 Sep 18 | Sally

Sadly this is the only tree I've bought from Blackmoors which has died. It looked happy initially and was growing well for its first Spring/Summer but then it didn't come through the Winter. I had it in a very large pot in a sheltered position but it didn't seem to cope with the cold we had this last Winter.

6 Sep 17 | Roy jones

Very please with our apricot tomcot that has been delivered today already in garden

22 Sep 16 | Tim H

Apricot tree arrived in excellent condition....healthy and well branched. Now potted into a container, with a media mix of 50% John Innes No3 25% multi-purpose potting compost and 25% coarse grit along with a sprinkling of controlled release fertilizer. The order process, packaging and courier delivery were all faultless. Have purchased a few plants through Blackmoor's and have been totally happy with my orders....highly recommended.

15 Aug 16 | Stuart

Very pleased with the Fan trained Tomcot that I received. It was very securely packed on the pallet and now that it is planted following your instructions, it is settling down well and putting on a bit of healthy growth I look forward to some fruit in the future, Thanks.

9 Aug 16 | Annette

Great looking fruit, in the second year after planting. Tasted delicious, too. Most impressed!

25 Apr 16 | Lynda

Bought a maiden in 2012. So far failed to get any fruit. - probably my lack of expertise ! Growing outside in Cornwall.

1 Mar 16 | David Park

Two trees arrived in beautiful condition, well packaged, planted next day in the open, roots filled the pot, needed teasing out. Will report in July. Look very promising.

17 Apr 15 | AP

Speedy delivery of excellent quality plants which are now now growing away well.

1 Jan 15 | Ali canak

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

7 Nov 14 | Jenay Monds

I ordered an apricot tree and it arrived today in perfect condition. I'm very happy with my purchase.

21 Oct 13 | J H

I decided to try establishing an apricot fan tree .. A daunting project!...the one year maiden arrived in good condition, as always (thanks Blackmoor team!) and after a slow start due to cold weather, the tree is flourishing....has lovely coloured reddish juvenile leaves that develop into deep green as they mature. Thanks also for the pruning tips!

11 Jan 13 | C T

This tree is thriving in my North London Allotment. It is growing as an open bush - only problem is getting to keep the birds off the fruit. Very tasty fruit.

4 Dec 12 | Rob Cummins

Investment in fruit trees is for the long term, so it must always be worth buying good quality. I have just received a "Tomcot" apricot tree from Blackmoor Nursery, ordered from them on-line less than 48 hours ago (May 2011). The tree is in excellent shape, thanks to the 5 star packaging, & will no doubt settle in well. The roots are clearly happy in the large coir pot. I would unhesitatingly recommend this supplier. Many thanks,

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Tomcot Apricot Growing Tips.

Alongside the many similarities there are several important differences between Apricots and Peaches. Bacterial canker and silver leaf are not serious threats, so pruning is safe in late winter or early spring. The blossom is self fertile so a partner is not required, although the earliness of the flowering season means that hand pollination is recommended. 

How to grow a Tomcot apricot tree in my garden - Our Care Guide for fruit trees will help you get the very best from your tree.

How to plant my apricot tree - Our How To Growing Tips section on our website has a video that will show you how.

What other apricot varieties will cross pollinate Tomcot  - All Apricots are self fertile but they do flower very early and may require hand pollination. This is done by brushing from flower to flower with a soft brush.

When is the best time to plant a apricot fruit tree - Container grown trees can be planted at any time of the year. Bare Root apricot trees can only be planted between the months of November - April.

Planting distance for apricot trees - All fruit trees are grafted onto a rootstock. It is the rootstock that determines how big the apricot 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 Montclare will grow to 3 metres when mature. So a spacing of between 3 metres would be required.

Can I grow a apricot 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.