Half-standard is just one of a number of fruit tree sizes. These mainly relate to their finished shape. Pretty obviously there is no point in buying an espaliered apple and trying to grow it into a 'normal' lollipop shape. A half standard fruit tree is a free standing tree, with a straight trunk when planted of between 100-120cms before the first branch of what will become a round head that eventually will be about 3 metres across and high. Because plant growth occurs at the tip of its branches, the trunk height remains the same through its the life so a half standard fruit tree will ultimately be about 4 metres tall (1m trunk plus 3m head) and 3 metres wide.
This is our biggest delivery size and a half standard will arrive on your doorstep measuring about 1.6-1.8 metres when planted. The first formative pruning will have been done for you so the head should form correctly.
We grow half-standards - these are the perfect size for getting a big crop that can be harvested with a large ladder - any bigger and you would need to use a picking crane.
Half standard fruit trees are ideal for orchards and larger gardens as they are the perfect size for maximising your crop without needing long ladders...
|The fastest way to get a big fruit tree.||Might be too big for a small garden.|
|Will grow large for you to drive a lawnmower underneath it easily.|
If you want a nice big fruit tree, go for a half-standard. But if space is tight and perhaps you really want two different trees - consider using a bush shaped tree.
Buying Half-standard Fruit Trees: Browse our fruit tree catalogue. We have a huge range of fruit varieties in in stock which you can order at any time of year as a half-standard if the size suits you.