Merchant cherry trees

Merchant cherry tree
RHS AGM for Merchant

A large black / red early-season cherry with a good flavour.

Merchant cherry trees for sale

Sorry we have not been able to produce any trees of this variety this season.

We may still be able to propagate it to order for you. Please contact us for more details.

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Summary features of Merchant


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



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


  • Temperate climates
  • Planting position: Full sun preferred

Pollination guide for Merchant

Merchant is in flowering group 3. Merchant 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 Merchant cherry trees

Merchant is a precocious variety and is likely to start fruiting on the Gisela 5 rootstock at about 3 years.

It is not self-fertile but can be pollinated by most self-fertile cherries including Stella, Summer Sun and Sunburst. Other pollinators include Merton Glory and Noir de Guben.

Historical details

Merchant was developed at the John Innes Centre, in Norwich, UK in 1970s. Other varieties developed here include Colney and Summer Sun.

Botanical name

Prunus avium 'Merchant'

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

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