'Cox Self Fertile' apples are very similar to classic Cox’s (Cox's Orange Pippin), but this newer variety has several advantages. As the name implies, Cox Self Fertile apple trees are self fertile and don't require an additional tree for pollination. They are more suited to Northern areas and cope with less favourable conditions, yet remains just as suitable to easier growing conditions.
Quickly becoming a favourite with our customers, 'Cox Self Fertile' produces juicy, crisp and aromatic apples for picking in October. It is a great choice for gardens, particularly when only one fruit tree is desired. As such, in addition to our regular rootstocks, we offer this apple tree on a very-dwarf rootstock which is ideal for containers or smaller gardens.
*Indication of the un-pruned height of this variety of apple tree on different rootstocks in 10 years. Variations will occur due to geography, pruning etc.
This version of Cox apple tree is self fertile, so only one tree is required. If you are planting multiple fruit trees though, take the rootstock into consideration. For example, an apple tree on a semi-vigorous rootstock will require approximately 4.5 metres between trees, whereas a very-dwarf rootstock will require 1.5 metres.
Our pot grown Cox apple trees can be planted at any time of year, but bare root ones need planting between November and March. Remove weeds and grass within a metre of your planting site, then dig a hole slightly deeper than the root mass and about 3x as wide. To help the tree establish, apply root grow.
Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. Mix 50% of the original soil and 50% compost. Use this to fill in the hole and firm around gently, taking care not to bank soil up around the collar of the tree. We recommend adding a stake and tie to anchor the roots and a rabbit guard to protect the trunk.
The Apple Tree Planting, Pruning & Care guide has more detailed information on planting apple trees, as well as videos on planting trees and using stakes and ties.
If you’re planting fruit trees in spring or summer, water well and regularly for the first few months. If planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little. Keep an eye on young trees and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. Keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first few growing seasons. The Apple Tree guide linked to above provides further advice.
Pruning young apple trees for the first few years after planting ensures a healthy, goblet-like shape. Your tree should have one central leader and several side shoots. Straight after planting, you can remove the lowest laterals. Prune back other branches by between a third and half their length.
In the following years, remove any shoots growing out of the trunk to maintain a clear stem. Also remove any crossing, diseased or damaged branches. If your tree is looking overcrowded, remove some of the larger branches to open up the canopy. This type of pruning should be carried out between November and March. The Apple Tree guide linked to above provides detailed pruning advice.
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Trees on pre-order are not ready to send out yet and an estimate of when they will be ready for despatch is given on the basket page. Orders will be despatched when all trees are ready.
1 small tree (most trees under 1.5 metres in height) : £9.95 + vat
1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £11.95 + vat
2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £14.95 + vat
1-4 trees delivered by pallet (inc. mature Japanese Maples): 24.95 + vat
The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.
Mature and pleached trees or orders too large for pallet: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode rather than quantity (starts from £48 + vat).
Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.
All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team and most are delivered within 10 days of placing the order. There's no need to be in to receive your order and you can request where it is left via the checkout.
There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date.
Trees on pre-order are still growing and an estimate of when they will be ready is given on the basket page. Orders will be despatched when all trees are ready.
Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.
Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees. For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.
The rootstock of a tree defines the height that it will eventually reach. All fruit trees can be pruned to control their height but it is advisable to choose a rootstock most suited to your needs in the first instance.
4-5 metres (13-16 feet) in 10 years - ideal for smaller orchards, individual specimen trees and espalier training. Our most popular rootstock for all but the very small garden.
2.5-3 metres (8-9 feet) in 10 years - Ideal for smaller gardens as specimen trees and suited to cordon training.
2-2.5 metres (6-8 feet) in 10 years - Perfect for tight spots and patio growing in containers, also well suited to training as a cordon.
M27 (very dwarf)
2 metres (6 feet) in 10 years - The smallest of the dwarf apple trees, M27 is ideal for growing in a pot and the smallest of gardens.
The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. Below are definitions of terms:
Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.
Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.
Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.
Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.
Multi Stem: A multi stem tree has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.
Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.
Clump: Several plants in one pot that can give the appearance of a multi stemmed and very bushy tree.
Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.
Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:
Standard either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard 10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard 12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height
|Plant Specification||rootstock||Root type||type||Price||Quantity Qty|
|M27 (patio very-dwarf)||12L pot||2 year old / 120-150cm||￡49.99 (VAT Free)|
|M26 (semi-dwarf)||12L pot||2 year old / 120-150cm||￡49.99 (VAT Free)|
|MM106 (semi-vigorous)||12L pot||2 year old / 150-180cm||￡49.99 (VAT Free)|