* Variety not available, another common variety used.
** Only available as a maiden ( 2 year olds may be not be available at the time of this survey only).
*** Site does not specifically state how old the trees are but from the site description, they
appear to be one year olds.
The price comparisons above, and the notes below, make it almost impossible to select any one
company as the best for buying apple trees. There are just too many variables. However, some of the
companies can be ruled out as far as we are concerned. Those companies and our reasons are given
They are acting only as middle man for a variety of other companies. Simply putting a barrier
between you and the supplier.
Too many of the trees are only available as one year olds. As at February 2010 the vast majority of
the trees on their stock list are not available. The flat delivery charge of £14 is very high.
MAIL ORDER TREES
Although not specifically described as one year olds, the description of growing methods (http://www.mailordertrees.co.uk/How_our_trees_are_grown.htm)
indicates that the trees are one year olds. Paying £20 for a one year old pear tree is far too
The range of trees is extremely limited and their is nothing on the website which describes the
trees' age or height.
THOMPSON AND MORGAN
There is no description of the age or height of the trees, we have therefore assumed they are one
year old trees. The prices therefore are very high. The guarantee is worded in such a manner as to
make it worthless. Maybe we have read it incorrectly but it seems to start from the position that
any problems with their plants are likely to have been caused by your bad treatment of them. The
website is irritatingly slow to use.
Very limited range. There is no description of the age or height of the trees, we have therefore
assumed they are one year old trees.
The pricing is extremely good, easily the cheapest trees if the delivery charge is ignored.
The £17.63 delivery charge is truly excessive if you are buying only one or two trees.
A good range of trees and they are well described. They make it quite clear what they are offering
and the prices are fair with a discount given for three or more trees.
The downside is the minimum order value of £25, so you need to order at least two trees. Carriage is £12.55 + VAT.
An excellent range of trees and very well described. Pricing is fair and clear when combined with
the carriage costs. Website is easy to use and operates at good speed.
Clear and competitive prices, very reasonable carriage costs and the bulk discount starts at only 3
trees making the prices even more competitive. The tree height is stated clearly. Website is easy to
use and operates at good speed.
Below are additional notes which may help you decide where to buy your bare-rooted fruit trees
Adam's Apples - Minimum £17.25 or 10% value of order if greater. (delivery tab info says £17.25 but
it is actually £17.63 on the order form).
Amazon - Varies depending on who is supplying the trees.
Ashridge - £12.55 + VAT
Blackmoor - Flat cost £10
Keepers Nursery - Minimum £14
Mail Order Trees - Flat cost £9.95
Suttons - Flat cost £3.95
Thompson & Morgan - Flat cost £4.45
Unwins - Flat cost £4.75
Victoriana Nursery - Flat cost £7.95
Adam's Apples - 25% on 25 trees (apple and cherries only) or more
Amazon - Varies depending on who is supplying the trees.
Ashridge - Given for 3 and ten trees, varies depending on the variety ordered but is in the range of
a 7% discount for 3 to 9 and a 20% discount for 10 or more
Blackmoor - none given
Keepers Nursery - none given
Mail Order Trees - none given
Suttons - none given
Thompson & Morgan - none given
Unwins - None given
Victoriana Nursery - £16.50 for three to four trees, £15.00 for five to ten trees
We assume that bare root trees are also subject to the Sale of Goods Act and that they must be fit
for purpose. The extent of the additional guarantees offered by different companies is very diverse
and the wording in some cases makes the meaning obscure. For this reason we have extracted the
relevant wording fom each of the websites.
ADAM'S APPLES -
"For Bare-root plants sent out in the winter we will guarantee the plants up until
the first of July of the same year as delivery. This is providing we are notified before the first
of July and the goods have been treated according to our recommendations. We may wish to view the
goods. Refund is limited in this case to replacement of the goods in the following bare-root
Entirely dependant on which merchant you are sent to.
"If you are unhappy with your purchase please either:
refuse delivery if you are present when the delivery is made
or, if you cannot inspect your plants until later, repack your plants and contact Ashridge Trees
within 5 days of delivery so we can arrange collection.
We will also refund their cost in full provided that they are in no worse condition on return to us
than at the time of delivery. Once planted, you have expressed your satisfaction with the plants,
you recognise they are perishable and that we have no control over the conditions in which you keep
them, the ground in which they are planted, the manner in which they are planted or the way in which
you tend your trees afterwards. Their health is your sole responsibility from delivery.
Nevertheless, if more than 5% of any barerooted plants (including standards, roses and fruit) that
you buy from us die and be reported to us before the end of June following planting, we will replace
them free of charge at the start of the next season, if:
You did not suffer from a hosepipe ban.
You send us 2 clear, in-focus photographs (preferably digital to email@example.com) as soon
as you think there is a problem. One from a distance to show the planting area, and one close up. We
may also ask for a sample plant for analysis.
You meet the cost of carriage for the replacements.
This guarantee in no way affects your legal rights but is subject to plants being planted and looked
after in line with the care notes from this website. We have the right to inspect the plants in situ
and it is void if they have been removed without our receiving 7 days notice in writing by
"We supply the highest quality trees and plants and pack them with great care. In the
unlikely event that you are not satisfied or damage occurs in transit, please contact us within 2
days of receipt. We will also replace any trees or plants that die in the first spring after they
have been supplied as long as we are satisfied that they have been treated and planted properly."
"In the unlikely event that you are not satisfied or damage occurs in transit,
please contact us within 7 days of receipt to arrange replacements. We will also replace any trees
or plants that die in the first spring after they have been supplied as long as we are satisfied
that they have been treated and planted properly."
MAIL ORDER TREES
"In the unlikely event that you take delivery of a plant that is in bad condition when you take it
out of the box, contact us immediately. We may then ask you to send us a photograph so that there is
no doubt as to it's condition on arrival with you. A deciduous tree or shrub that is delivered in
the autumn/winter will have lost it’s leaves and won’t look like the colourful photograph you will
have seen on the website! So, please be aware of the seasonal variances. However, provided that you
have contacted us within 7 days of receiving a damaged plant we will be happy to arrange for a
refund or replacement."
"All Suttons products should reach you in perfect condition, just as they left us. If you
are dissatisfied in any way with their condition on arrival, please let us know within 14 days and
we'll arrange a replacement or refund. We are only liable for the cost of the goods (plus any
carriage charge) as quoted on the website."
THOMPSON & MORGAN
"We promise to supply you with vigorous, healthy products in prime condition.
We only ask you to plant them according to the growing instructions provided to enable you to get
the best possible performance from them. We do understand that when dealing with living plants,
occasionally problems may arise despite our mutual best efforts. In these instances we ask you to
draw the problems to our attention so that we may help wherever we can. However, if your plants or
seedlings do not grow properly due to negligence on your part, while we may share your
disappointment, we regret we cannot share your loss. We promise to do our job to the highest
standards, and we rely on you to use your best endeavours to achieve the optimum results."
Unwins - "If anything you receive from us is faulty or damaged we will replace it free of charge or
fully refund the cost, reimbursing the postage if we have requested its return. In the unlikely
event that you are not entirely satisfied with anything, you can still return it in unused condition
within 14 days for a full refund, although in this case return postage costs are not normally
reimbursed. In both cases, before returning anything please contact our customer services
"All our stock is covered under a seven day guarantee meaning if you are unhappy with your purchase
from us simply return it to us within seven days for either replacement or refund. No replacements
or refunds are made if stock is not returned in accordance with this undertaking or after stock has
been planted unless such stock has been covered under a particular extended growth indemnity."
COMMENTS OR INACCURACIES
If you believe any of the information on this page is inaccurate or you wish to make a comment then
please contact us by email and we will update this
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