A guide to choosing the right size

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. 

A guide to selecting your fruit tree. Rootstocks come in 5 sizes see the chart below, all of our trees are labelled using these codes.

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Semi vigorous, Approximate height 3-4 metres when mature.

Semi dwarfing, Approximate height 2.5-3 metres when mature.

Dwarf, Approximate height 2-2.5 metres when mature.

Very dwarfing, Approximate height 1.8 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.
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 150-175cm in height with multiple side branches.

2 Year Cordon 10 Litre = 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)

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 are self fertile.


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.

fruitgrowers handbook


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 £8.50 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 a maximum of £40.00. 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 | Award of Garden Merit

Dessert Apple - Raised in approximately 1918 by G C Addy at Ightham, Kent. It received an Award of Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1960. 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.

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Rootstock Description Price Availability QTY
M9 2 Year Bush Bare Root £22.80 15 Available
M26 2 Year Bush - 10 Litre £25.00 1 Available
M26 2 Year Bush Bare Root £21.80 44 Available
MM106 2 Year Bush - 10 Litre £25.00 4 Available
MM106 2 Year Bush Bare Root £21.80 25 Available
M26 2 Year Cordon Bare Root £22.80 12 Available
MM106 2 Tier Espalier - 15 Litre £54.00 9 Available
M27 Step Over - 10 Litre £39.00 2 Available

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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