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.
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.
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.
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.
Developed at the John Innes Institute in Merton, south London, during the 1940s and released in 1953.
All our trees are grown in the UK.