Merton Bigarreau cherry trees

Merton Bigarreau cherry tree

Merton Bigarreau represents a new wave of English cherry development which started in the mid 20th century. It is a cross between two traditional varieties, Knight's Early Black and Napoleon Bigarreau - and for flavour it surpasses both of them.

Merton Bigarreau 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 £27.95 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.

Alternatives to Merton Bigarreau cherry trees

Summary features of Merton Bigarreau


  • Gardening skill: Some needed?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Large?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Growth habit: Upright
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Canker: Some susceptibility?
  • Fruit splitting: Very susceptible?



  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colour: Black
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Rarely grown?


  • Planting position: Full sun preferred

Pollination guide for Merton Bigarreau

Merton Bigarreau is in flowering group 3. Merton Bigarreau 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 Merton Bigarreau cherry trees

Whilst Merton Bigarreau inherits the excellent flavour of Knight's Early Black, it also retains it's parent's susceptibility to canker and fruit-splitting.

As with most traditional English cherries, the best pollinator is one of the modern self-fertile varieties such as Stella.

Historical details

Developed at the John Innes Institute in Merton, south London, during the 1940s and released in 1953.

Botanical name

Prunus avium 'Merton Bigarreau'

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