Sizing Guide for Plants & Trees

Sizing Guide

Most of our plants are delivered to you Bareroot in Winter. 
Pot Grown plants are delivered Year Round, when they are in stock. 


Hedging Plant / Sapling Tree Sizes:
All bareroot and pot grown hedging plants, and young sapling trees, are measured by their height in centimetres above ground level when lifted & planted, in ranges of around 20cms, so 40/60cms, then 60/80cms, then 80/100cms etc. 

We strongly suggest that you buy the smallest sized plants for large projects, and/or where watering and mulching your new hedge will be a challenge. Little 40/60cms plants are much more likely to succeed in tough conditions than large 100/120cms ones. 
If you are planting into good conditions, and can easily water and mulch your plants, then we recommend bigger plants for immediate impact.

Ornamental Tree Sizes:
Larger bareroot trees are called "standards", referring to the standard 'waist measurement' of the girth of the tree at 1 metre above ground level, in centimetres. 

A 6/8cm standard tree has a trunk that is between 6 and 8 centimetres in circumference, one metre from the ground.
As a rough average for most trees, a 6/8 standard is over 2 metres tall, and an 8/10 standard is between 3 and 4 metres, but it depends on the tree. 

Fruit Tree Sizes:
Most of our fruit trees are sold in 3 sizes.

  • The half-standard is the largest, has a straight trunk of about 1.20 metres and a branched head and will mature into a tree about 4 metres high.
  • The bush is like a half-standard, with a trunk about 60cms tall that then splits into the main branches. This matures into a more compact tree, about 3 metres high.
  • The maiden is a smaller, younger fruit tree. If you want to grow fans or espaliers, you need to begin with a maiden.

Suitable Apple & Pear tree varieties are also sold as ready-made cordons. 

You can find information regarding the rootstocks we use for our fruit trees here. 

Soft Fruit Sizes:
Berry bushes aren't measured by height because they are such low bushes & some of them need to be chopped back before delivery anyway.

  • Raspberries: Bareroot canes, pruned to 40 cms.
  • Strawberries: Last year's rooted runners.
  • All other soft fruit: 1-2 year old plants.

Rose Sizes:
All of our named rose varieties were budded or grafted 2 years before you receive them. Both bareroot and pot grown roses are pruned down to about 30 cms high before we deliver them.

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