Over 95% of deliveries made within 10 working days.
Most orders (to UK mainland ex Highlands - see below for Highlands) have a delivery charge of £9.95 plus vat). Smaller trees/bushes are charged at £6.95 plus vat. On orders for several trees, delivery costs increase to £12.95 (and honestly that doesn't nearly cover what it costs us in cardboard and carriage charges!) but you can buy several trees for the same delivery cost - and once you spend £250 plus vat, delivery is FREE. Its all calculated automatically in the shopping trolley so try adding an extra tree or bush for no extra delivery charge.
Mature Acer Trees in 45L and larger have delivery already factored in to the price so there is nothing extra to pay.
Bare root trees and fruit bushes can only be dispatched from mid-November - late April/mid May (depending on weather conditions) when they are dormant.
All trees are sent 'no signature required' so there's no need to be in to receive your order.
Trees are packed in specially designed containers and delivered using couriers who've been tried and tested over many years.
Scottish postcodes AB, DD, DG, EH, FK, G, KA, KY, ML, TD are charged as ‘England and Wales’ above.
Scottish postcodes IV, KW, PA, PH are charged at between £19.95 and £29.95 depending on the individual order, this charge is calculated at the checkout.
Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and overseas destinations
Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees but if you have a larger requirement please do speak to us and we'll do what we can to get trees to you at a reasonable cost.
Planting Advice for Acer Palmatum Osakazuki trees
When planting Japanese Maple trees, such as the Acer Palmatum Osakazuki, it is important to prepare the planting area well. Pot grown acer trees can be planted at any time of the year. You will need to carry out the following to prepare your planting site.
Firstly, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole then dig a hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. We recommend digging a square hole as this encourages the roots to grow straight as opposed to around inside the hole. To help your tree establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown trees), especially if you have poor soil.
Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree as this can cause problems. When planting Japanese maple trees, you should use ericaceous compost when possible as this encourages vibrant foliage colour. To see how to use a tree stake and tie, watch our informational how to videos.
Aftercare Advice for Acer Palmatum Osakazuki trees
If you’re planting in dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. The same goes for spring and summer planting. Make sure to keep an eye on your young tree and increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. If there is snow fall, gently brush the snow from the branches to ensure it does not weigh down the framework and cause damage. If possible, use rain water instead of tap water as this is more acidic and better for foliage colour. We also stock a range of irrigation kits, suitable for a variety of planting schemes.
Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. Using a glyphosate based weed killer or installing mulch matting and bark chips will aid in this. Do not simply mow the grass around the area as this will only encourage it to grow more vigorously. If you know your area is prone to rabbits, we would advise using a rabbit guard.
Pruning Advice for Japanese Maple trees
Pruning should be carried out in the dormant season, from November to March. Japanese Maple trees bleed during other times of the year so pruning can weaken the branches. However, Japanese Maple trees very rarely need pruning. The natural shape is normally the most attractive and pruning should be carried out with a less is more approach. Only remove, crossing, damaged or diseased branches.