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Tree Size Guide

We have many years of experience in the production and supply of trees, ranging from half standards to extra heavy specimens. With sales in excess of 60,000 trees annually across 2,500 variants, our customers have an opportunity to create an instant impact with well-established trees. As with all stock items tree selection is site-specific and only the specifier can fully determine the suitability of product lines for each scheme.

In selling wholesale, we assume that our customers have a knowledge of plants and know how to treat them appropriately if they undertake to plant them.While the majority of contractors understand the limitations of planting outside the season, or the choice of unsuitable conditions, there are some who believe we can provide plants at any time of year and they will survive whatever treatment is given to them. This is why it is just not possible to guarantee plant survival under all conditions, as on so many occasions, we have identified very serious malpractice when trying to identify a complainant’s report of plant death.

When planting trees and shrubs in dry or windy weather, please remember that the plant must have the ability to take up enough water through its’ limited root system to counter the loss of water through transpiration and water soakage into the surrounding soil. The bigger the plant, the more care required, particularly with evergreen trees. We haven’t grown these plants for five years or more for them to die within a month of transplanting, please remember not to overwater either.

Please see the below girth, height, weight and dimension guides, for more information call us on 01423 330234


What is a whip?

A whip is a transplant consisting of only a single slender stem, without significant side branching. The term usually refers to woody plants that are between two and four years old. The whip form reflects the natural characteristics of the mature tree. Whilst some species are well branched from a young age, others such as Acer platanoides and Prunus avium are more whip-like.


What is a feathered tree?

A feathered tree usually has an upright central leading shoot and a stem furnished with every spread and balanced lateral growths down to near ground level, according to species, the form reflects the natural characteristics of the tree.


What is a standard tree?
A standard tree has a substantial upright stem, clean of lateral growths, supporting a branched crown. The crown may have a central leader or branched head, and branching appropriate for species or cultivar, with no main branches crossing in the crown. Standard trees are available in a number of forms relating to their size: Light, standard, select standard, heavy standard, extra heavy standard, advanced heavy standard. The bigger the tree, the more landscape impact.


When can we buy bare root and root ball trees?
Our Bare Root and Rootballs are available from November – March when the roots are in a dormant state, this is the perfect time for planting.


Girths and heights
We regularly get asked how big a tree is to determine transportation and specific site requirements, we hope the below guide will help with this but please note that it is based on standard trees and not multistem or feathered trees, these guides can vary enormously between species but the girth is a much better indication of maturity than the height.


Weights and dimensions
We often get asked for the weight and dimensions of certain trees to determine if lifting equipment is required, we would recommend using lifting equipment for trees that have a girth above 12-14.


This guide is only an approximate guide and may vary from tree, soil type and moisture levels for more information call us on 01423 330234

Standard Trees

Tree type Tree girth (cm) Tree height (cm)
Light Standard (LS) 6-8cm girth 200-250cm
Standard (S) 8-10cm girth 250-300cm
Select Standard (SS) 10-12cm girth 300-350cm
Heavy Standard (HS) 12-14cm girth 300-350cm
Extra Heavy Standard (EHS) 14-16cm girth 350-400cm
Advanced Heavy Standard (AHS) 16-18cm girth 400-450cm
Semi-mature 18-20cm girth 450-500cm
Semi-mature 20-25cm girth 450-550cm
Semi-mature 25-30cm girth 500-600cm

Weights & Dimensions

Girth size Container Size (approx) Container weight (approx) Container dimension Rootball size (approx.) Rootball weight (approx.)
6-8cm girth 25L + 15kg 40 x 35 30-40cm 30kg
8-10cm girth 40L + 20kg 40 x 35 40cm 50kg
10-12cm girth 40L + 20kg 40 x 35 50cm 50kg
12-14cm girth 60L + 20kg 50 x 40 60cm 60kg
14-16cm girth 80L + 50kg 50 x 40 60cm 80kg
16-18cm girth 80L + 50kg 50 x 40 70cm 80kg
18-20cm girth 80L + 50kg 50 x 40 70-80cm 150kg
20-25cm girth 200L + 250kg + 80 x 50 80-90cm 225kg
25-50cm girth 200L + 250kg + 80 x 50 90-100cm 250-400kg
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