5ft 'Sunset' Dessert Apple Tree | M26 Semi Dwarfing Rootstock | Bare Root

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5ft 'Sunset' Dessert Apple Tree | M26 Semi Dwarfing Rootstock | Bare Root
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A modern offspring of Cox apples, Sunset Dessert Apples inherit the superb flavour of Cox apples but are much easier to grow. Regular, heavy crops of small sized fruits with green-yellow skin and a characteristic orange-red flush are ready for harvesting in October and can provide a good supply of fresh fruits until December. The fruits are crispy, juicy, fairly aromatic, and slightly more acidic than Cox apples. Their flesh becomes slightly softer and milder as they age. The fruits taste best when eaten raw with to salads and cheese, and can be pressed into refreshing juices of a surprising tang. 'Sunset' has been awarded the Award of Garden Merit given by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), which helps gardeners make informed choices about plants.

Variety Information

Pollination Group Fruit trees benefit from a pollination partner in the same or neighbouring pollination group. 3
Self-Fertile Yes
Harvesting Period Late
Estimated Time to Cropping 2 Years
Estimated Time to Best Yields 5 Years
Uses Eating Fresh, Juicing

Size Information

Supplied As Bare Root
Height on Arrival 1.2-1.5m Height can vary depending on when you purchase your tree, and what rootstock and variety combination you buy.
Age 2 Years with 4 Year Rootstock
Rootstock Rootstocks determine the eventual size of your tree. M26
Eventual Height & Spread Eventual size depends on both environmental and genetic conditions. 3m x 3.5m
Rootstock (Eventual Height) Supplied As Supplied By Price Link
M26 (2.5-3m) Bare Root Primrose RRP £24.99  £19.99This Product
9L Pot Primrose RRP £29.99  £28.99 Link
12L Pot Frank P. Matthews £49.99Link
MM106 (3-4m) 12L Pot Frank P. Matthews £49.99Link
Optional Extras
  • One Tree Stake and Tie Kit - 1.2m
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  • 60g Empathy rootgrow™ Mycorrhizal Fungi
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  • Tree Planting Kit - Tree Stake, Tie and Empathy Rootgrow
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  • 1L Grow Your Own Liquid Seaweed Fertiliser by Empathy™
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  • Fruit Tree Grease Band - 1.75m
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Selected items will be included with your purchase

Potted Trees

We have developed an eco friendly polypot currently in use across our 9L range. The polypot uses less than 20% of the plastic compared with a normal pot and, unlike most garden center pots, is recyclable. Polypots also prevent root spiraling to encourage a healthier root system.

All trees arrive in a specially made, extra thick, cardboard box with a clamp to hold the pot in place at the bottom of the box. This prevents any movement during transit, keeping your plant safe.

Bare Root Trees

We wrap the roots of our bare root trees and use compost to keep them moist during transport. This extra bit of protection prevents them from drying out and makes sure your tree gets off to a flying start.

We use the same specialised box as our potted trees to ensure safe transit.


Key is to ensure adequate spacing between trees with 1.5m, 3m and 3.5-4m spacing between M27, M26 and MM106 trees respectively.

Bare root & containerised trees have different planting requirements. With bare root, it is important to soak your tree's roots in water for up to 2 hours before planting, while with containerised trees it is important to drench your tree's rootball. With bare root it can be useful to prune woody roots back a few inches, while with containerised trees, it is important to free any spiralized roots growing around the rootball's circumference. With bare root trees, dig a hole so as to ensure the graft point is above the soil, while with containerised trees, ensure the pot sits no lower than an inch below ground.

Bare root & containerised trees also share planting requirements. Dig a hole twice the radius of the rootball. Stake your tree no more than 2-3 inches from the stem, pointing away from the prevailing wind. Fill the hole with a mix of compost and garden soil, and add fertiliser and mycorrhizal fungi. Do not compress the soil. Give your tree a good watering. Add mulch on top whether bark and wood chippings, compost, manure, leaf-mould and stones. Make sure mulch doesn't touch the stem. Tie the stake to your tree, leaving space for growth. Place a rabbit guard around your tree.


Key is to regularly water newly-planted trees, at least bimonthly for two months.

Apply fertiliser and replace decomposed mulch come spring. Check ties to ensure there is no rubbing. Collect fallen leaves in autumn.

For more information on planting and caring for apple trees, please read our dedicated blog post.

Fruit trees are generally budded or grafted onto a rootstock by the nursery, which means the roots of the tree are a different plant to that of the trunk, branches and fruit. Rootstocks, among other things, determine the eventual size of your tree with dwarfing rootstocks producing smaller trees than one grown on its own roots. Some rootstocks have a greater dwarfing effect than others, with the M27 producing the smallest tree going. While having a smaller tree may sound like a bad thing, it is actually a huge benefit. Dwarfing trees produce earlier in their lives and put more energy into fruiting at the expense of vegetative growth. This allows one to maximise space. A downside is that some dwarfing rootstocks such as M26 and M27 will need permanent staking to ensure they aren't uprooted by strong winds.

For more information on apple tree rootstocks, please read our dedicated blog post.

Fruit trees will only produce fruit if their flowers have been pollinated. This is usually done by pollinating insects, which transfer pollen from one flower to another. Honeybees, the main pollinating insect, will travel several miles in search of blossom, so if there is another apple or crabapple in that radius your tree will produce fruit.

Some apple trees are self-fertile while others require a pollination partner from the same or neighbouring pollination group. Self-fertile varieties will produce fruit without a pollination partner, but benefit from a partner for heavier crops. Triploid trees can’t pollinate other trees, but can be pollinated by another. Crabapples will pollinate apples.

For more information on apple tree pollination, please read our dedicated blog post.

Apple trees constitute the perfect first fruit tree as they are extremely easy to grow. Your tree’s growth and output will likely be fine providing you followed our planting and care instructions. Below we address some common queries:

  • Hardiness: Malus trees can be found growing in far colder regions than the UK and therefore the UK’s mild winters will not affect your tree. One issue that can affect fruit trees is frost-damaged blossom, but this is rarely the case with apples that flower late vis-a-vis other fruit species.
  • Position: In the UK, the greatest barrier to successful fruiting is a lack of sunlight, so be sure to plant your tree in full sun. Planting your tree in a sheltered spot will help prevent uprooting and allow the tree to put more resources into fruiting.
  • Soil Types: Soil types are best ignored and remain an unwelcome confusion. Every plant will adapt to its conditions. Having said that, less than ideal conditions will reduce growth. Every plant is suited to a specific pH and apple trees prefer soils with a pH between 6.5-7.5. pHs beyond this range will reduce nutrient uptake. Waterlogged soils will starve your tree of oxygen, which plays a key role in photosynthesis, cause its roots to rot and create the perfect environment for many diseases.
Customer Reviews

Average Rating: 4.2/5 (5 reviews)

Rating: 5/5

"Excellent quality specimen"

Reviewed Sunday, 18 February 2018

Rating: 3/5

"A bit small.but a nice tree."

Reviewed Thursday, 15 February 2018

Rating: 5/5

"Lovely tree"

Reviewed Saturday, 21 March 2015

Rating: 4/5

"As above"

Reviewed Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Rating: 4/5

"Tree planted and it looks fine, but ask me again in a few years when I'm getting a crop of Apples."

Reviewed Tuesday, 26 November 2013

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