Over 95% of deliveries made within 10 working days. There is a slightly longer delivery timescale on trees over 2.5m in height (all the trees called Standard, Premium Standard, Heavy Standard or Extra Heavy Standard, all called Mature Trees) because we have to group orders together into geographic areas for a haulage contractor to deliver and this all takes a bit of scheduling (but it's worth it when you see these wonderful mature trees!).
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. Mature trees are more expensive to deliver and varies by postcode but again you can buy more than one tree for the same delivery cost so if you do need 2 or more it works out to be really economical. Delivery costs are calculated automatically in the shopping trolley so try adding an extra tree or bush for no extra delivery charge.
Bare root trees and fruit bushes can only be dispatched from mid-November - mid April/late April (depending on weather conditions) and whilst they are dormant.
All trees are sent on a 'no signature required' basis, 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 Prunus Fragrant Cloud - Shizuka trees
When planting Flowering Cherry trees, such as this Prunus Fragrant Cloud - Shizuka, it is important to prepare the planting area well. If you have purchased a bare root flowering cherry tree you will be planting between November and March. Your tree will establish more successfully in November or December than if planted in March. If you are not planting your bare root flowering cherry tree straight away, it is best to ‘heel in’ your tree. Dig a hole in an unused area of soil and pop the roots of the tree in then gently firm around. If you’re not planting for a day or two you can untie the bag around the roots, water, re-tie and then store in a frost free garage or shed. Pot grown Flowering Cherry trees can be planted at any time of the year.
To prepare the site, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 1.5 sizes 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 and dip into the gel formula for bare root plants), especially if you have poor soil. Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole.
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. We recommend using a stake and tie when planting, which will ensure your roots are well anchored. To see how to use a tree stake and tie, watch our informational how to videos.
After Care Advice for Prunus Fragrant Cloud 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 warm or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little, make sure not to over water.
Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first 3 years. 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 Prunus Shizuka trees
Although it is possible to simply leave your Flowering Cherry tree to its own devices, it can be encouraged by gentle pruning. If you prune your tree for the first few years it will create a more balanced branch framework. Prune after flowering i.e. after the petals have dropped but before the new shoot growth appears.
After two to three years, you will only need to remove any damaged or unwanted branches. However, the formative pruning that you have already carried out will have led to a healthier tree, less likely to need this.