Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. Many are despatched within 24 hours of receiving the order, but please allow up to 10 working days to be on the safe side. There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached trees or trees over 2.5m in height (all trees called Standard, Premium Standard, Heavy Standard, Extra Heavy Standard, Mature Trees or Pleached) because we have to group orders together into geographic areas for a specialist haulage contractor to deliver and this takes a bit of scheduling.
Gift trees and other trees required for arrival on a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure and at no extra charge. Although we really don't like to give ourselves wriggle room (because we so rarely need it!), we do have to say that we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.
The vast majority of trees are sent on a 'no signature required' basis, so there's no need to be in to receive your order. You can give us instructions on where to leave your delivery either via the checkout or send us a separate email. For some mature or pleached trees we may contact you in advance if the delivery driver needs help getting the tree/trees off the vehicle.
All trees are packed very carefully by our experienced team and delivered using couriers who've been tried and tested over many years.
Our nursery is a busy despatch centre and therefore customers need to make an appointment to collect or view trees. For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.
Smaller trees/bushes have a delivery charge of £7.95 plus vat (excluding Highlands and Islands). Medium trees of a height of 1.5-2 metres have a delivery charge of £9.95 plus vat (excluding Highlands and Islands). Orders for multiple trees have a single delivery cost of £12.95 plus vat (excluding Highlands and Islands).
Mature trees and pleached trees are more expensive to deliver. Cost varies by postcode and is calculated in the check out process. You can buy more than one tree for the same delivery cost, so if you are purchasing a good number of trees it works out to be economical.
Highlands and Islands charges start from £29.95 plus vat and are calculated in the check out process.
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 then please do speak to us and we'll see if we can find a solution.
Planting Advice for Cornus alba ‘Kesselringii’ Shrubs
When planting Dogwood shrubs, such as Cornus alba ‘Kesselringii’, it is important to prepare the planting area well. Pot grown shrubs 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 1.5x 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 shrub establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown trees), 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. To see how to use a tree stake and tie, watch our informational how to videos.
Aftercare Advice for Cornus alba ‘Kesselringii’ Shrubs
If you’re planting Dogwoods 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 shrub 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 shrub a little. Make sure not to over water as, whilst they tolerate damp soil, they do not like wet soil.
Pruning Advice for Cornus alba ‘Kesselringii’ Shrubs
Do not prune in the first year. Each subsequent year we recommend pruning hard around February. If you leave the pruning to the end of February or even early March, you will benefit from enjoying the colourful stem for a little longer without any detrimental effect on spring growth.
Follow pruning by mulching and fertilising to encourage new growth. It is this new growth that displays the vivid colours.