Does anyone know where large, fully mature fruit trees, such as apple, can be bought? I mean fully mature, say, 30-40 year old trees.
Transplantation of very large trees (of all species) seems to be more and more commonplace these days. The company ‘Standard Trees’ in Sussex supplies mature trees as a matter of course: http://www.standardtrees.co.uk/maturetrees.html; although they don’t seem to do fruit trees.
We have a couple acres with many wonderful apple trees of different types. There are a couple of ‘holes’ and I think it would be interesting to do an experiment of transplanting massive trees. It would be great to be able to buy ‘champion’, as it were, full size apple or perhaps other fruit trees and go through the process of transplanting with heavy equipment, etc.
But I just can’t seem to find any information on this, online or off line. I have heard vaguely that sometimes orchards will ‘sell their trees’ but I have no hard facts on this whatsoever.
I really appreciate it if anyone can help on this. My tree surveyor and me have both drawn a blank.