Truffle trees make perfect gifts for people who enjoy their food. They are unusual presents for any occasion - birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries, weddings or retirement. Simply plant a truffle tree and sit back and wait for your truffle crop to develop. In optimum conditions these trees start to produce truffles 5-7 years from planting1.
The trees are approximately 1 year old and UK grown. We wrap the roots and soil in plastic and place in a cotton drawstring bag with a label. The tree is boxed up with a planting booklet.
The trees can be sent not just to the UK but also to customers anywhere in the EU.
We can also send truffle tree gift vouchers by email if you would like to give trees as a present to be delivered at the recipient's convenience.
If you are a landowner read here of the opportunities for truffle plantation establishment.
1Production of truffles is not guaranteed - see "Growing truffles FAQ" below.
The below truffles species are suited to the climate of the UK and are found across a wide area of Europe, from Ireland to the Balkans, from Portugal to Sweden.
- Black Summer Truffle (Tuber aestivum var uncinatum).
- Whitish truffle (Bianchetto) (Tuber borchii).
If you have a warmer, Mediterranean climate (Southern France, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Spain etc.), we are also able to supply:
- Black Winter (Périgord) Truffle (Tuber melanosporum).
Truffle and Tree Combinations
|Black Summer Truffle|
(Tuber aestivum var uncinatum)
|Whitish (Bianchetto) Truffle |
|Black Winter (Périgord) Truffle
|Evergreen (Holm) Oak|
Truffle Tree FAQ
We supply them at any time of the year, however, the best time to plant them is in the dormant period between November and March. If you buy them in the summer they should be watered as soon as they arrive with you, kept in a cool place and watered occasionally until they are planted.
Which species of tree should I buy?
Your primary concern should be the size of the tree when it grows. Hazel is generally a shrub tree and smaller than an Oak. A Hazel can be coppiced (cut back) every 7 or so years to maintain it at a lower height. If left to grow it can reach 12 metres. A fully-grown Oak (English or Holm) can be over 15 metres high. For some more general information see these Woodland Trust pages.
How big are the trees when I buy them?
The hazel trees are between 60cm - 90cm tall, the oak trees vary in size from around 15cm to 40cm. All the trees are approximately 1 year old.
Which species of truffle should the trees I buy be inoculated with?
It is your climate that determines this. The Black Summer truffle is found growing naturally in many European countries, from Ireland to the Balkans, from Portugal to Finland. The Whitish truffle can grow in areas with the same climate. You need a Mediterranean-like climate for the Black Winter Truffle , they will not grow in cooler climates like the UK. See the Climate question below for more detail.
Can I have a different number or combination of tree species?
Yes, of course. Please contact us.
UK Standard Delivery
We would recommend you use the express delivery service which delivers within 2 working days (subject to us being around to process your order).
Do I need to be in to receive my trees?
No, the standard delivery service we use does not require a signature. It does however help if you give us details of where they should be left if no one is in. In summer this should be somewhere cool - not in a greenhouse or sunny porch! A contact telephone number can be useful if the courier has problems.
How long does the UK standard delivery take?
Trees typically take 5 working days to arrive. If you would like them quicker please use the Express Delivery option.
Does UK standard delivery apply to all of the UK?
Delivery to The Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Scottish Islands carries an additional fee, please contact us for details before placing an order.
UK Express Delivery
Yes, a signature is required.
How long does UK express delivery take?
The express delivery service delivers within 2 working days (subject to us being around to process your order).
You should allow 7 days for The international delivery service after we have processed your order.
Can I help the courier?
Yes, please put a contact telephone number in an email to us. This will help if the courier has problems delivering.
If you are successful in growing truffles, they generally appear earlier on Hazels, after roughly 5 - 8 years from planting. For Oaks it is more likely to be 10 years.
Am I guaranteed to get truffles?
No. The trees are all certified as being inoculated with the summer truffle fungus. They will however only produce truffles under optimum conditions – if the tree remains healthy, is watered and the soil conditions are right then you may produce truffles.
The ideal soil for your truffle-tree has not been compacted, is well drained and alkaline (not acidic). pH is a measure of soil acidity and can be tested with simple kits from most garden centres. The ideal pH for the UK Summer Truffle is 7.3 – 8.0. If your pH is too low then it can be easily increased by applying a small amount of lime to the planting site. Garden lime is available from most garden centres and should be raked-into the area where your tree will be planted. An excellent guide to lime and liming can be found here.
If you unsure about your climate and which species of our truffles would grow there, see this link. Note Summer truffle is called Burgundy there. You will need to track down climate parameters for your area, but general figures can usually be found on-line.
Waterlogged or frozen ground
You should plant your trees as soon as you can after receiving them. However, if the ground is frozen or waterlogged it is better to wait until conditions improve. Trees can be kept for a few days in the package in a dry and frost free place such as an unheated garage or shed. If you are keeping them longer before planting you can do the same but occasionally water to avoid them drying out.
Should I water the tree?
Keep newly planted trees moist, preferably with rainwater, while they are establishing.
Should I add compost?
When planting the tree, do not add compost or peat to the soil, this makes it more acidic and can kill off the truffle fungus.
Should I add fertiliser?
Do not add any fertiliser to the soil when planting the tree. High phosphorus levels, as found in many fertilisers , hinder the union between fungus and host tree.
Should I mulch the trees?
A mulch can be used around the base to control weeds, however you should avoid any mulch that may have been treated with a fungicide.
Should I protect the trees?
A mesh guard or tree shelter will protect the young tree against damage by animals such as deer, hares or mice. For windy sites, stakes should be used.
Can I grow truffle trees in pots?
Ideally the trees should be planted in the ground, however truffles can be grown with pot grown trees in very large pots. Planting the trees in pots will reduce the amount of truffles you might get, as it will limit the tree growth. For the best results plant more than 1 tree in a pot, so the roots can interact.
Buy Truffle Trees - UK Standard Delivery
Please read the Delivery Information before placing your order. If you are unsure which truffle or tree species to choose, please read the information near the top of the page and in the FAQ. We do not list every possible combination of tree and truffle species. If the combination you want is not listed please order the correct total and email us to let us know your requirements.
Prices exclude delivery - £5 for 1 tree and £6.50 for 2 to 10 trees - Great Britain mainland deliveries.
Buy Truffle Trees - UK Express Delivery
Please read the Delivery Information before placing your order. If you are unsure which truffle or tree species to choose, please read the information near the top of the page and in the FAQ.
Prices exclude delivery - £15 for up to 10 trees - UK deliveries.
Buy Truffle Trees - International Delivery
This service is only for EU Countries, excluding the UK. Please note, we do not send trees outside of the EU.
Please read the Delivery Information before placing your order.
If you are unsure which truffle or tree species to choose, please read the information near the top of the page and in the FAQ.
Prices exclude delivery - £35 for up to 10 trees - International deliveries (EU excluding the UK).