Tubex Combitubes

Online ordering & payment options

Online ordering & payment options

If you do not qualify for trade rates, immediate payment by credit or debit card via Sage Pay is required, or you may request contact from the office to make payment over the phone.

For customers who have been accepted for trade rates, we offer several ordering and payment options, including:

  • Immediate payment by credit or debit card via Sage Pay, our payment service provider.
  • Order on account (available to credit account customers only).
  • Request contact from the office & make payment over the phone.
  • Place order to reserve stock & request a call back to discuss timings, with payment only required upon despatch.
£ each • exc. VAT inc. VAT
SKU qty price price_excl_tax Save
75cm-73-105mm Standard -100 100 £2.04 £1.70 10%
75cm-73-105mm Standard -100 300 £1.86 £1.55 18%
75cm-73-105mm Standard -100 500 £1.72 £1.43 24%
75cm-73-105mm Standard -100 1000 £1.58 £1.32 30%
75cm-73-105mm Standard -100 2500 £1.48 £1.23 35%
75cm-73-105mm Standard -100 5000 £1.43 £1.19 37%
75cm-73-105mm Standard -100 10000 £1.38 £1.15 39%
1.20m-73-105mm Standard -100 100 £2.78 £2.32 10%
1.20m-73-105mm Standard -100 300 £2.54 £2.12 18%
1.20m-73-105mm Standard -100 500 £2.34 £1.95 24%
1.20m-73-105mm Standard -100 1000 £2.17 £1.81 30%
1.20m-73-105mm Standard -100 2500 £2.02 £1.68 35%
1.20m-73-105mm Standard -100 5000 £1.96 £1.63 37%
1.20m-73-105mm Standard -100 10000 £1.88 £1.57 39%
1.20m-80-120mm Standard Plus-60 100 £3.41 £2.84 10%
1.20m-80-120mm Standard Plus-60 300 £3.11 £2.59 18%
1.20m-80-120mm Standard Plus-60 500 £2.86 £2.38 24%
1.20m-80-120mm Standard Plus-60 1000 £2.65 £2.21 30%
1.20m-80-120mm Standard Plus-60 2500 £2.47 £2.06 34%
1.20m-80-120mm Standard Plus-60 5000 £2.39 £1.99 37%
1.20m-80-120mm Standard Plus-60 10000 £2.30 £1.92 39%
1.50m-80-120mm Standard Plus-60 100 £3.76 £3.13 10%
1.50m-80-120mm Standard Plus-60 300 £3.43 £2.86 17%
1.50m-80-120mm Standard Plus-60 500 £3.16 £2.63 24%
1.50m-80-120mm Standard Plus-60 1000 £2.93 £2.44 29%
1.50m-80-120mm Standard Plus-60 2500 £2.72 £2.27 34%
1.50m-80-120mm Standard Plus-60 5000 £2.63 £2.19 37%
1.50m-80-120mm Standard Plus-60 10000 £2.54 £2.12 39%
1.80m-80-120mm Standard Plus-60 100 £4.90 £4.08 10%
1.80m-80-120mm Standard Plus-60 300 £4.46 £3.72 18%
1.80m-80-120mm Standard Plus-60 500 £4.10 £3.42 24%
1.80m-80-120mm Standard Plus-60 1000 £3.80 £3.17 30%
1.80m-80-120mm Standard Plus-60 2500 £3.54 £2.95 35%
1.80m-80-120mm Standard Plus-60 5000 £3.42 £2.85 37%
1.80m-80-120mm Standard Plus-60 10000 £3.31 £2.76 39%
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73-105mm Standard
2.26 1.88
2.04 1.70
1.86 1.55
1.72 1.43
1.58 1.32
1.48 1.23
1.43 1.19
1.38 1.15
73-105mm Standard
3.08 2.57
2.78 2.32
2.54 2.12
2.34 1.95
2.17 1.81
2.02 1.68
1.96 1.63
1.88 1.57
80-120mm Standard Plus
3.77 3.14
3.41 2.84
3.11 2.59
2.86 2.38
2.65 2.21
2.47 2.06
2.39 1.99
2.30 1.92
80-120mm Standard Plus
4.15 3.46
3.76 3.13
3.43 2.86
3.16 2.63
2.93 2.44
2.72 2.27
2.63 2.19
2.54 2.12
80-120mm Standard Plus
5.41 4.51
4.90 4.08
4.46 3.72
4.10 3.42
3.80 3.17
3.54 2.95
3.42 2.85
3.31 2.76
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Note: Stake and plant sold separately

Tubex distributor

Tubex Distributor

We are an official Tubex distributor.

Discounted square sawn tree stakes when purchased with protection

You can benefit from discounted stake prices when purchasing a similar quantity of protection, where the stakes are required to support the purchased protection. If you are planning to purchase square sawn tree stakes too, please use this option to benefit from discounted prices.

Minimum Order Value

Please note that there is a minimum order value of £50.00 + VAT, excluding delivery.


Delivery to UK mainland is included for stock orders over £1500.00 + VAT (subject to postcode surcharges). For full details on delivery please view our delivery page.

Designed for more exposed sites, with plant acclimatisation in mind.

The Tubex Combitube is designed for more exposed sites, where there is a greater contrast between growing conditions inside the shelter and those outside the shelter, and there is a need to protect from animal browsing.

The Tubex Combitube provides an improved micro-climate at the base of the shelter which results in better initial establishment. The higher air moisture within the tube reduces water stress and enables the plant to survive better in dry or drought conditions.

The ventilated upper section of the shelter allows for ‘wind rock’ to strengthen roots and stems, as well as hardening the bark of the tree. This enables the plant to acclimatize to external conditions before emerging from the protection.

The ventilation is provided by a number of 4mm perforations in sets of 100mm deep bands at the top of the shelter and the 45cm solid base provides herbicide protection.

Designed to last a minimum of 5 years, the Combitube range is particularly suited to taller species and is available in a 'Plus' size diameter for larger species of trees.

Note - Shelter longevity is dependent on site and weather conditions.


  • Enables plants to acclimatise on exposed sites before emerging.
  • Protects from browsing animals.
  • Protects from herbicide spray.
  • Creates microclimate to promote healthy growth.
  • Easy installation – comes with pre-fitted releasable cable tie(s).

Installation (view the installation tab above for a more comprehensive installation guide)

  • Plant bare root or cell grown plant.
  • Insert stake next to plant.
  • Install shelter over plant, gently pushing into ground.
  • Firmly tighten pre-fitted cable tie(s) around stake.
  • Plan for removal and recycling at end of life once the tree is established. More information on recycling is available here.
Dimensions Tubex Combitube Standard Range Tubex Combitube Standard Plus Range
Height^ 75cm 1.20m 1.20m 1.50m 1.80m
Diameter 73-105mm 73-105mm 80-120mm 80-120mm 80-120mm
Number of cable ties 2 2 2 2 2
Type of cable ties Releasable Releasable Releasable Releasable Releasable
Length of cable tie 250mm (10 inches) 250mm (10 inches) 250mm (10 inches) 250mm (10 inches) 250mm (10 inches)
Height of top cable tie from ground^^ 450mm 850mm 850mm 1160mm 1320mm
Height of bottom cable tie from ground^^ 200mm 250mm 250mm 250mm 250mm
Average weight/tube 103g 143g 168g 215g 248g

^ Manufacturing tolerance of tube height +/- 25mm

^^ Manufacturing tolerance of cable tie height +/- 15mm

Packaging Tubex Combitube Standard Range Tubex Combitube Standard Plus Range
Nest 5 5 5 5 5
Bundle 100 100 60 60 60
Bag or strap banded Bag Strap banded Strap banded Strap banded Strap banded
Material · For all sizes
Tube Polypropylene (30% recycled material)
Cable tie Nylon
Tube colour Green
Service life (tube) Minimum 5 years
Biodegradable No
End of life Remove for recycling
Recyclable Yes
Recycling options Use a local Recycling Centre and the bin for 'Plastic' (Code 5 PP).
Or contact Tubex for details of their Collection & Recycling scheme.
Or use a similar agricultural recycling service.
Recommended support Stake

Plant Welfare


A solid bottom half and ventilated top half allows the tree to acclimatise on exposed sites.

Animal protection

Animal protection
Protects young plants from bark-stripping and browsing animals.

Herbicide protection

Herbicide protection
The solid bottom half of the tube protects from herbicide spray.

Light transmission

Light transmission
Creates a mini greenhouse effect, encouraging growth.

Flared rim

Flared rim
To minimise stem abrasion.


To allow the tree to break free.

Standard 'Plus'

Standard 'Plus'
Larger diameter available for plant species that require more space to grow.


UV stabilised polypropylene

UV stabilised polypropylene
Provides minimum 5 years protection.

Strengthening rods

Strengthening rods
To prevent tearing at stake area.

Twin walled

Twin walled
Delivers best strength to weight ratio.


Through local supplier or via the Tubex Collection & Recycling Scheme.



For ease of movement around site.

Pre-fitted cable ties

Pre-fitted cable tie(s)
Thumb-releasable for easy installation & maintenance.

Green colour

Green colour
Blends into background.


Identify which damaging agent (animal) you wish to protect your plants from.

This will influence the height of your protection and the wooden stake to support it.

Depending on the height selected, Combitubes can help protect against voles, rabbits, hare and most types of deer.

Tubex Combitube - Available sizes

Key - Tubex CombitubesTubex Combitubes - Available sizes

Protecting against Vole Rabbit Hare Muntjac, Roe Deer Fallow Deer Red Deer
Minimum height of tube for protection 20cm 60cm 75cm 1.20m 1.50m 1.80m
Height of supporting stake* Not required 75cm 90cm 1.20m or 1.35m 1.50m 1.80m
Diameter type N/A Standard Standard Standard or Standard Plus Standard Plus Standard Plus
*It is advisable to use a longer stake for sandier, lighter soils.

Diameter types

Tubes are nested (one inside the other), to save space and time when moving plant protection around a site.

Diameters describe the range of diameters you will find in a nest of tubes, from the smallest to the largest.

Combitubes are available in a 'Standard' and also a 'Standard Plus' size.

Use the 'Plus' size range for larger planting stock or for plants that are likely to have bushier growth.

Diameter types


Planting bare root or cell grown plants is a straightforward task, however, do not attempt to plant if the ground is frozen or waterlogged. Find a suitable position for your plants, bearing in mind future growth and potential height and spread at maturity.

Bare rooted or cell grown plants can be ‘notch’ planted in 3 steps:


1. Begin by inserting the blade of a spade into the ground. Push the spade handle away from you and then bring it back towards you. Once you remove the spade, you will see that you have created a cavity or ‘notch’ in the ground.

2. For bare root - place the plant roots within the cavity and shake to ensure that all of the roots are in the cavity and pointing downwards.
For cell grown – place the cell gently into the ground. Ensure the top of the plug (the soil surrounding the roots) is positioned at 2 to 4cm below the surface to avoid drying out.

3. Fill the cavity with soil. Use your heel to firm the soil around the plant to remove any air pockets. Once planted, give them a good water if practical to do so.

You are now ready to install your support and protection.



1. After planting, position the tube on the windward side of the stake if there are strong prevailing winds, and the stake between 2cm to 5cm from the base of the plant.

2. Hammer the stake into the ground with a stake driver or mallet (ideally knocking 1/3 of its height into the ground). Ensure it is vertical (particularly important on sloping ground). The top of the stake should be below the top rim of the shelter and above the top tie wrap.


1. Position the shelter over the tree, making sure not to damage any lateral branches, sliding the releasable tie wraps over the stake at the same time.

2. Push the shelter into the ground 1-2cm. This forms a safe barrier to deter vermin from burrowing under the shelter.

3. Tighten the thumb releasable ratchet ties, ensuring the shelter is firmly positioned.

4. Tuck the tie ends into the holes in the shelter for neatness and to deter rubbing by deer or sheep.


Plan for removal and recycling of shelters at end of life once the tree is established. More information on recycling is available here.

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Download Technical Data Sheet

Our carefully prepared, information-rich technical data sheets can be downloaded in PDF format for convenience.

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Tubex Combitubes - Technical Data Sheet (770 KB)

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