Truffle Trees

£32.95£704.95

Please contact us for a quote for larger quantities.

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* A tree can only be of one species and inoculated with one species of truffle. If you are ordering more than one tree and you would like to order a mix of tree and / or truffle species please put the details of your chosen combinations in the ‘Order Notes’ at the checkout.

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Christmas 2018

If you would like your trees dispatching to arrive for Christmas (in the week commencing 17th December), please answer the relevant question at the checkout to indicate that your order is for Christmas.

When your trees arrive they should be kept somewhere cool - e.g. outside (under cover), in a shed or garage. In these locations, they will be fine without watering for 1 - 2 weeks.

Please note, the final date and time for placing orders for guaranteed UK Christmas delivery with Standard Delivery is 10 AM on Thursday 13th December.

Orders placed after the above time must be ordered with Express Delivery. The absolute last date and time for placing UK orders to be delivered before Christmas is 10 AM on Monday 18th December.

The final date and time for placing orders for International Delivery is 10 AM on Thursday 13th December.

Please note, no tree deliveries will be dispatched between 24th December and 3rd January.
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 4-7 years from planting1. The trees are approximately 1 year old and UK grown.

You may choose to have each truffle tree individually gift bagged with a tag (please supply greeting at the checkout) or packed ready for planting. All trees come with a planting booklet. Please let us know if you require more than one with your order.

Truffle trees can be sent to customers in the UK and throughout the EU. We do not send trees outside of 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. These include the cost of UK standard delivery.

The English Truffle Company accepts no liability for truffle tree losses due to unsuitable or inadequate planting and growing conditions.

1The trees are all certified as being inoculated with the appropriate 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.

 

Truffle Species
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
(Tuber borchii)
Black Winter (Périgord) Truffle
(Tuber melanosporum)
English Oak
(Quercus robur)
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European Hazel
(Corylus avellana)
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Southern Europe
Evergreen (Holm) Oak
(Quercus ilex)
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Southern Europe

* A tree can only be of one species and inoculated with one species of truffle. If you are ordering more than one tree and you would like to order a mix of tree and / or truffle species please put the details of your chosen combinations in the ‘Order Notes’ at the checkout.

Prices

Number of treesTotal PricePrice per tree
(for comparison)
1£32.95£32.95
2£63.95£31.98
4£109.95£27.49
5£134.95£26.99
6£158.95£26.49
8£205.95£25.74
10£249.95£25.00
20£484.95£24.25
30£704.95£23.50
40£909.95£22.75

Please contact us if you would like to a quote or to order other numbers of trees.

Additional information

Number of Trees

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50

Tree Species

Hazel, English Oak, Evergreen Oak, Own selection*

Truffle Species

Black Summer Truffle, Whitish Truffle, Black Winter Truffle, Own selection*

Gift bagged?

Individually gift bagged, Packed ready for planting

Customer Reviews

I would thoroughly recommend The English Truffle Company to anyone. Their service is impeccable – James was on hand at all times to answer any queries and they even sent me out an extra truffle tree by next day delivery so that it arrived in time for Christmas even though it was the parcel company that had misplaced the package. Their products are very luxurious despite being very well priced. 5* company all round! Will definitely be buying from The English Truffle Company again! NG, Sunderland

Thank you for your great help and service. CK, Denmark

Thank you for your prompt response. I appreciate it. I have phoned and spoken to you in the past and have always been impressed with your prompt responses and customer service. It is exemplary. Sharon, Dorset

The trees came this morning and the other stuff yesterday. Your service has been first class, it is much appreciated. Thanks for being so accommodating. Roberto, Middlesex

FAQ

Buying

When should I buy truffle trees?
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. We do not usually recommend sending trees to warmer countries when it will be hotter.

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.

Hazel
English Oak
Holm Oak

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.

Are bigger / older trees available?
No, we only sell them as above. Having a bigger tree doesn’t accelerate the process towards trying to get truffles. The truffle fungus still needs to spread into the soil around the tree and mature.

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 of trees?
Yes, of course.  For a different number of trees please contact us.

Can I have a different combination of tree species?
Yes, of course.  For a different combination of tree species, please select “Other combination” from the list of Tree species and then put your requirements in the “Order Notes” at the checkout.

Can I have a combination of truffle species?
Yes, of course.  If you are ordering more than one tree and would like them to have different truffle species, please select “Mixed Species” and put your requirements in the “Order Notes” at the checkout.

Do your hazel trees produce hazelnuts?
Yes, they will. The pH needed for truffle cultivation is higher than optimal for nut production, but they still produce quite large nuts (if you get to them before the squirrels!). The Hazels are the European Hazel (Corylus avellana) and the variety “Kentish Cob”. They are monoecious meaning both male and female flowers are on the same plant. Pollination is by wind and is better with 2 or more plants.

 UK Standard Delivery

Can I order the trees to arrive on a specific date?
We would recommend you use the express delivery service which delivers within 2 working days of us processing your order.  Please note that occasionally, we may not be around process your order immediately or the volume of orders to process may not make this possible.

Do I need to be in to receive my trees?
No, the UK 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 up to 7 working days to arrive (usually a lot less). If you would like them quicker please use the Express Delivery option.

UK Express Delivery

Do I need to be in to receive my trees?
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).

International Delivery

How long does international delivery take?
You should allow 7 days for The international delivery service after we have processed your order. It is subject to customs and the postal service in your country.

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.

Growing truffles

How long will it take for truffles to grow?
If you are successful in growing truffles, they generally appear after roughly 4 – 7 years from planting.

Am I guaranteed to get truffles?
No. The trees are all certified as being inoculated with the appropriate 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.

Soils

What soil conditions are required?
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. Ideal pH values are:

  • Black Summer Truffle – 7.3 – 8.0.
  • Black Winter (Périgord) Truffle – 7.5 – 8.5
  • Whitish truffle (Bianchetto) – 6.0 – 8.3

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.

Climate

Is my local climate suitable for a particular truffle species?
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.

Travelling with trees

Some customers take their trees to overseas properties. The trees come with the roots in a soil-like medium. You should water them before you go and rewrap them in cling film / put them in the boxes. If they are being transported by car, do not park in a hot sunny place, but in shade. Water them when you arrive too if it has been warm.

Some customers have carried our trees overseas in their suitcases! You should only do this within the EU to avoid breaching plant health regulations.

Planting

Detailed information is given in the planting and growing booklet that comes with your trees. Below are some additional points.

Warm weather
If you order trees 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.

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 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.

Watering
Insufficient watering is the main reason for new trees dying. You should water trees planted in the ground for the first two summers. Trees planted in pots will continue to need watering. This link gives excellent advice on watering new trees (please ignore the bit on mulching). It is preferable to use rainwater (from your water butt) to tap water.

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 one tree in a pot so the roots can interact. If you decide to plant them into the ground in the future, put the entire contents of the pot into the ground without disturbing. Please note that pot grown trees (especially Oaks) will need frequent watering in periods of hot weather e.g. every other day.

Looking for truffles

Truffles are traditionally found with the aid of an untrained pig who will naturally seek out the truffles. However, these days commercial truffle farms use trained dogs as they are less likely to eat the truffle and work more quickly and usually more efficiently. If you only have a few trees then you may be able to find truffles without a pig or trained dog, using the following techniques:

1) If you look carefully around your trees you may notice small cracks in the ground, underneath these cracks there may lurk truffles.

2) You can look for the presence of the ‘truffle-fly’. This is a small fly that hovers directly over where truffles are buried. If you disturb the top layer of soil and look closely you may be able to see these light brown, “lazy” flies hovering over the surface. This is normally an indication that a truffle is lurking directly below.

Truffle Fly

3) Smell. Although the human nose is a pretty poor utensil in comparison to our canine friends, you may be able to use it to locate truffles. If you get on your hands and knees (ignoring any strange looks from neighbours) and sniff the ground directly you may be able to locate ripe truffles by their scent alone.

4) The final, and most destructive, method of looking for truffles is to gently scrape away the top layer of soil around your trees. This has to be done very slowly and delicately to minimise damage and ensure you locate any truffles. This technique can be used if you are desperate but is not recommended as it is so destructive.

Delivery Options

Regardless of which truffle tree delivery option you choose, we will send you the tracking link so you can keep an eye on progress of your delivery.

Delivery Options for UK mainland:
Standard 7 day delivery
1 – 10 trees – £6.50

Trees sent with this service will be delivered within 7 days of us processing your order.  This service does NOT require a signature. At the checkout, please provide a contact telephone number and details of a safe place (cool and dry) to leave the parcel. We are unable to state exactly the date that the tree(s) will be delivered. If you require them on a specific date please use the Express delivery service.

Express delivery (2 working days)
1 – 10 trees – £15.00

This delivery service requires a signature. Please note orders must be placed by 12 noon. Very occasionally, we may not be able to process your order the same day if we are out of the office or during periods of high demand such as the lead up to Christmas in late November and December.

Delivery to the UK Highlands and Islands:
Standard 7 day delivery
1 – 10 trees – £15

Trees sent with this service will be delivered within 7 days of us processing your order.  A signature may be required.

Delivery to European Union countries:
Standard delivery
Cost varies with country and the number of trees. Add trees to your basket, view the basket, you can then calculate shipping costs. Delivery is usually within 7 days but this is dependent upon customs and the receiving country’s postal set-up. A contact number in the receiving country is required. A signature may be required.

Note, we do not usually recommend sending trees overseas during March – November.

Rest of the World:
We regret that we are unable to supply trees to addresses that are not in the UK or European Union.

Got a gift voucher?

If you have a voucher with a code that looks like 2017/18_9999, this is an ‘old style’ code. Please look at the truffle hunting experience day information on this page (Description tab), check dates / availability (Dates tab) and read the terms and conditions. Then contact us with:

  • Name(s)
  • Gift voucher code
  • Details of the tree species
  • Details of the truffle species
  • Delivery address
  • Any notes e.g. where to leave the tree(s) if you are out.

If you have a voucher with a code that looks like etc5a8706b386c89, this is a ‘new style’ code. You can order your trees directly from this page. Please enter your voucher code on the basket or checkout page.

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