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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. Freshly potted trees will not be rooted into the pot yet.

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

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

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. 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 £8.95 is for all single tree orders. £10.00 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.

Discovery (AGM)

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

Dessert Apple Discovery fruit trees - Raised by Mr Dummer, Langham, Essex around 1949. Said to be from Worcester Pearmain crossed with Beauty of Bath. Discovery is a attractive, well rounded, second early apple. Produces spurs freely and somewhat inclined to tip bearing. The fruits on Discovery are bright red, crisp, juicy with a sharp fresh flavour. Discovery has good disease resistance and frost tolerance. The compact growth habit makes this a good garden early apple variety. Picking time early August. Pollination group 3.

Size and shape of Discovery apple trees for sale below.

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Rootstock
Description
Price
Availability
QTY
M26
2 Year Bush Freshly Potted - 12 Litre
£35.00
1 Available

5 Sep 18 | Sally

Not quite so much fruit on this one as on some of the other trees bought and planted at the same time, but have had a few apples from it this year. Nice, early variety and so much better eaten really fresh so good one to grow in the back garden.

23 Sep 17 | Tom C

Can't beat Blackmoor for apple trees. Great quality Discovery delivered, no pruning required.

22 Nov 15 | antonis

The trees have established very well good growth and healthy apples.Trees and apples free diseases.

11 Sep 15 | Ron Leake

I received a healthy looking specimen in the autumn and it deteriorated drastically in early summer so I destroyed it and informed Blackmoor who immediately offered a free replacement from this year's stock. It arrived at no cost to me and looks to be a very healthy and well shaped tree.

29 Mar 15 | Dawnmarie

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

9 Oct 14 | Vineeth

Well Established , beautiful healthy tree in mm106 rootstock as expected. After my months of research it took me a while to find the courage to buy trees online, but now I know where to go if I need more plants. One stop for all fruit trees. When I wanted to change the order , a friendly staff promptly refunded my previous order and allowed me to reorder as I changed my mind in the selection. Delivery was extememy fast. 5stars

26 Jul 14 | Leanne Skelton

I ordered the M27 2 Year Bush 10 Litre. This is a beautiful little tree. It far exceeds what I expected to be delivered. The leaves are perfect, lush and green and the amount of little apples on it took me completely by surprise. Excellent!

13 Mar 13 | Margaret

Excellent site. Very informative for selecting varieties, good clear pictures for "selling" to my clients (I am a garden designer, as well as growing all my own needs), and very clear and easy to order.

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Discovery Apple Growing Tips.

How to grow a Discovery 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 Discovery  - Any other apple variety 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 Discovery apple fruit trees direct from our Nursery. We have one of the largest range of apple trees available for sale online.