Cherries

The wild cherry, Prunus avium has given rise to the sweet cherry whereas the sour cherry, Prunus cerasus has given rise to the acid cherry. Sweet cherries are larger and have a firmer flesh than acid cherries. Sweet cherries can be eaten straight from the tree or can be used for culinary purposes whereas the acid cherry is purely for culinary purposes.

Cherries are early flowering so they require protection from frost, sweet cherries need a sheltered site in full sun, or they can be fan-trained against a south or south-west facing wall or fence, acid cherries are less fussy but both types need deep, moist but well-drained soil (pH 6.5-6.7).


Rootstocks

Rootstocks in order of their vigour are outlined below: -

Gisela 5 - Dwarf. This rootstock is 60% smaller than Colt making it an ideal rootstock for growing cherries in patio pots. Needs to be grown in fertile soil. Trees grown on this rootstock will reach a height of 2.5-3m. Trees grown on this rootstock will bear fruit within 3 years. Use for bushes and fans.

Colt - Semi-Vigorous. A very productive rootstock which will grow on a wide range of soils. Trees grown on this rootstock will reach a height of 4-5m. Trees grown on this rootstock will bear fruit within 4-5 years. Use for bushes, half-standards, pyramids and fans.

F.12.1 - Very Vigorous. Suitable for a wide range of soils including poor soils and grassed orchards. Staking is preferable but not necessary if planted as a one year old. Stake for the first 3 years if planted as 2 or 3 year old trees. Trees grown on this rootstock will reach a height of 6m. Trees grown on this rootstock will bear fruit within 5-6 years. Use for standards.


Varieties

Cherries are available as bare-root one-year-maidens from November to March. Trained forms of cherries are available in 12 litre pots all-year-round.


Cherry 'Amber Heart'

Dessert. Large to very large rounded to heart-shaped fruits which have pink to dark red skin. The pale yellow flesh is juicy, sweet, and good quality. Its season of use is early July. Pollinated by any Self Fertile variety

Containerised Trees

Two Year Bush (Colt) £38.50 each

Bare Root Trees

One Year Maiden F12.1 £24.00 each - Available to order for collection from 25th November 2017


Cherry 'Bigarreau Gaucher'

Dessert. Large to very large roundish to heart shaped fruits which has almost black coloured skin. The very dark red flesh is fairly firm, juicy, and good quality. Its season of use is mid-August. (Kent 1907) Pollinated by Bradbourne Black and Stella.


Cherry 'Black Oliver'

Dessert. Medium to large roundish to heart shaped fruits which have almost black coloured skin. The very dark red flesh is fairly soft, fibrous, juicy, and good quality. Its season of use is early August. (West Midlands) Pollinated By Stella, Sunburst, and Sweetheart.

Bare Root Trees

One Year Maiden F12.1 £24.00 each - Available to order for collection from 25th November 2017


Cherry 'Celeste'

Dessert. Large fruits with dark red skin. Excellent eating quality. Its season of use is early July. (Canada 1990) Self Fertile


Cherry 'Colney'

Cherry 'Colney'

Dessert. Large deep red to black fruits. The flesh is sweet and juicy and of superb quality. Its season of use is mid August. (Norfolk)


Cherry 'Early Rivers'

Cherry 'Early Rivers'

Dessert. Large heart shaped fruits which have a shiny black skin. The dark red flesh is fairly soft, juicy, and very good quality. Its season of use is early June. (Sawbridgeworth 1869)


Cherry 'Kordia'

Cherry 'Kordia'

Dessert. Heart shaped fruits which have carmine red to dark red skin. The red flesh is good quality. Its season of use is mid-August. (Czech) Pollinated by any Self Fertile variety.

Containerised Trees

Two Year Bush (G5) £40.75 each

Three Year 1/2 Standard (Colt) £40.75 each

One Year Maiden G5 £28.25 each - Available to order for collection from 25th November 2017


Cherry 'Lapin's Cherokee'

Dessert. Large fruits which have dark red skin. The flesh has an excellent flavour. A garden favourite. Upright and strong growth habit and bears heavy yields. Its season of use is late July. (Canada 1984). Self Fertile

Containerised Trees

Two Year Bush (G5) £40.75 each

Two Year Bush (Colt) £38.50 each

Bare Root Trees

One Year Maiden Colt £22.75 each - Available to order for collection from 25th November 2017


Cherry 'Merton Bigarreau'

Dessert. Black skinned cherry. The flesh is firm with an outstanding flavour. Its season of use is late July. Pollinated by Napoleon Bigarreau, Roundel, and Stella.


Cherry 'Merton Glory'

Dessert. A very large heart-shaped which has white skin. The flesh is sweet. Its season of use is early July. (John Innes Institute, Surry, 1931). Pollinated by 'Stella' or 'Sunburst'.

Bare Root Trees

One Year Maiden G5 £28.25 each - Available to order for collection from 25th November 2017

One Year Maiden Colt £22.75 each - Available to order for collection from 25th November 2017


Cherry 'Morello'

Cooker. Large roundish fruits which have a dark red, shiny skin. The very dark red flesh is soft, juicy, and acid. Very hardy. Ideal for north walls. Its season of use is late July. Self Fertile

Containerised Trees

Two Year Bush (G5) £40.75 each

Two Year Bush (Colt) £38.50 each

Bare Root Trees

One Year Maiden Colt £22.75 each - Available to order for collection from 25th November 2017

Two Year Bush Colt £27.75 each - Available to order for collection from 25th November 2017

Two Year 1/2 Standard Colt £31.25 each - Available to order for collection from 25th November 2017


Cherry 'Napoleon Bigarreau'

Cherry 'Napoleon Bigarreau'

Dessert. Very large, long, heart shaped fruits which have bright to dark red skin on a pale yellow background. The pale yellow flesh is very firm, and very juicy. Its season of use is mid-July. An excellent white cherry. (Germany) Pollinated by Gaucher, Merton Bigarreau, Stella, and Sunburst.

Bare Root Trees

One Year Maiden F12.1 £24.00 each - Available to order for collection from 25th November 2017


Cherry 'Noir de Guben'

Dessert. Large to very large heart shaped fruits which have almost black skin. The very dark red flesh is firm, fairly juicy, and good quality. Its season of use is late July. (Germany) Pollinated by Colney or Merton Glory.


Cherry 'Penny'

Cherry 'Penny'

Dessert. Large fruits which have black skin. The flesh is firm and of outstanding quality. Its season of use is late August. (Kent 1998) Pollinated by any Self fertile variety.

Containerised Trees

Two Year Bush G5 £40.75 each


Cherry 'Petit Noir'

Dessert. Large heart shaped fruits which have black skin. The flesh is good quality. Its season of use is early August. Self Fertile.


Cherry 'Regina'

Cherry 'Regina'

Dessert. A highly productive black cherry. The flesh is sweet, aromatic, and excellent quality. Its season of use is mid-July. (Germany) Pollinated by any Self Fertile variety.

Containerised Trees

Two Year Bush (G5) £40.75 each


Cherry 'Roundel Heart'

Dessert. Large heart shaped fruits which have red to dark red skin, which is very shiny. The very dark red flesh is fairly soft, fairly juicy, and very good quality. Its season of use is late July.(Kent) Pollinated by Stella and Sunburst.


Cherry 'Stella'

Cherry 'Stella'

Dessert. Large fruits which have dark red skin. The flesh is sweet and juicy. Very reliable. Its season of use is late July. (Canada 1968) Self Fertile

Containerised Trees

Two Year Bush (Colt) £38.50 each

Three Year 1/2 Standard (Colt) £40.75 each

Bare Root Trees

One Year Maiden G5 £28.25 each - Available to order for collection from 25th November 2017

Two Year Bush Colt £27.75 each - Available to order for collection from 25th November 2017

Two Year 1/2 Standard Colt £31.25 each - Available to order for collection from 25th November 2017


Cherry 'Summer Sun'

Dessert. Red to dark red skinned fruits. The flesh is firm, crunchy, with an exquisite flavour. Compact growth and suitable for cold, exposed areas where it will crop even in unfavourable conditions. Its season of use is late July. (Norwich) Self Fertile

Containerised Trees

Three Year 1/2 Standard (Colt) £40.75 each

Bare Root Trees

One Year Maiden G5 £28.25 each - Available to order for collection from 25th November 2017

One Year Maiden Colt £22.75 each - Available to order for collection from 25th November 2017

Two Year Bush Colt £27.75 each - Available to order for collection from 25th November 2017

Two Year 1/2 Standard Colt £31.25 each - Available to order for collection from 25th November 2017


Cherry 'Sunburst'

Dessert. Large fruits which have black skin. The flesh is sweet with a gorgeous flavour. Its season of use is late July. (Canada 1984) Self Fertile

Bare Root Trees

One Year Maiden G5 £28.25 each - Available to order for collection from 25th November 2017

One Year Maiden Colt £22.75 each - Available to order for collection from 25th November 2017

Two Year Bush Colt £27.75 each - Available to order for collection from 25th November 2017

Two Year 1/2 Standard Colt £31.25 each - Available to order for collection from 25th November 2017


Cherry 'Sweetheart'

Cherry 'Sweetheart'

Dessert. A very precocious variety which is one of the later picking varieties, the fruits ripen unevenly which helps to spread the season. Fruits are firm with a good flavour. Its season of use is late August. (Canada 1990) Self Fertile.

Containerised Trees

Two Year Bush G5 £40.75 each

Two Year Bush (Colt) £38.50 each

Three Year 1/2 Standard (Colt) £40.75 each

Bare Root Trees

Two Year Bush Colt £30.00 each - Available to order for collection from 25th November 2017

Two Year 1/2 Standard Colt £33.75 each - Available to order for collection from 25th November 2017


Cherry 'Van'

Cherry 'Van'

Dessert. Large fruits which have true black skin. The flesh is very firm, and the eating quality is superb. Its season of use is mid-July. (Canada 1944) Pollinated by Lapins Cherokee, Stella, and Vega.


Cherry 'Vega'

Cherry 'Vega'

Dessert. Very large fruits which have white skin. This variety produces fruits up to 12 grams in weight. Its season of use is late July. (Canada) Pollinated by Lapins Cherokee or Stella.