Tamara is a new cherry variety from the Czech Republic. It has all the qualities we have come to expect from modern cherries - sweet, firm and juicy, with a balanced sweet-sharp flavour.
The difference in the case of Tamara is that the fruit size is exceptionally large - larger than any other cherry variety we offer.
We hope to have small quantities of bare-root Spindlebush trees available for delivery in January.
Tamara® is a protected variety.
Deliveries start week commencing 9th September 2019 (or December for bare-root).
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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.
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Tamara is in flowering group 2. Tamara is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby.
In commercial trials the fruit size has been around 32mm, compared with 26mm for many other commercial varieties. Some growers have achieved even larger sizes. However Tamara is very new and there is very little experience in UK conditions. We recommend thinning the fruitlets if it looks like the fruitset is too heavy after the blossom.
For best results plant in full sun in a sheltered situation.
One of the concerns with Tamara is that the stalk may not come away with the fruit when the cherry is picked, so be careful to pull the stalk and not just the cherry.
Tamara appears to have some resistance to cracking after rain at ripening time, but this is always a potential problem for cherries given the vaguaries of the UK climate. It is slightly susceptible to brown rot, which can be an issue if the weather is damp at picking time.
We do not have full pollination data for this variety yet, but it is not self-fertile so we recommend you plant it near another self-fertile cherry or a wild cherry (Prunus avium). It flowers slightly early and ripens late (after Kordia).
Tamara was developed at the Research and Breeding Institute of Pomology (RBIP) in Holovousy, Czech Republic. Its cultivar name is Aramat. It is a cross between Van, a well-known Canadian cherry variety, and Krupnoplodnaja, a Ukrainian variety noted for its large size. The first commercial plantings began around 2013 in the USA and central Europe.
All our trees are grown in the UK.