Colney cherry trees

RHS AGM for Colney

Colney is a new large English black dessert cherry, with a good cherry flavour.

It was developed to be have resistance to bacterial canker, a common disease of cherries.

Colney cherry trees for sale

Order now for delivery from 1st May.

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Bare-root fruit trees

Large  (3.5m - 4.5m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - bare-root - Colt rootstock £26.45 Sold outalert me
Large  (3.5m - 4.5m after 5-10 years) Half-standard - bare-root - Colt rootstock £27.95 Sold outalert me

Delivery period: Pot-grown trees can be delivered from September onwards. Bare-root trees can be delivered from mid-November onwards. Within those periods you can specify your preferred month of delivery during the checkout process. It is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. See photos of trees as supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

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Summary features of Colney


  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Canker: Some resistance?



  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colour: Black
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Under-rated?


  • Temperate climates
  • UK Zone 3 - Southern UK: Yes
  • Planting position: Full sun preferred

Pollination guide for Colney

Colney is in flowering group 3. Colney is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby. Since it flowers in the middle of the blossom season it can be pollinated by most other cherry trees.

How to grow Colney cherry trees

Colney is not self-fertile so it needs a pollination partner tree nearby. Stella is the best choice.

Historical details

Colney was developed in the 1980s at the John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK - the headquarters is located in the village of Colney on the outskirts of Norwich.

Botanical name

Prunus avium 'Colney'

UK-grown trees All our trees are grown in the UK.