Cherry trees for beginners

Varieties: 6 | Clear all

Gardening skill

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Suitable for beginners6
Average14
Some needed6

Fruit tree categories

Apple trees32
Apricot trees1
Cherry trees6
Cider apple trees2
Crab apple trees7
Damson trees3
Hazel trees2
Mirabelle trees3
Pear trees5
Plum trees11
Quince trees1

Stock availabilitytop


Tree form


1-year5
2-year1
2-year bush-trained5
Patio-trained5
Half standard4
Fan-trained4

Supplied as


Bare-root5
Pot-grown6

Height after 10 years


Small (dwarf)
Medium (semi-dwarf)6
Large (semi-vigorous)5
Full-size (standard)

Rootstock


Colt5
Gisela 56

Usingtop


Picking season

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Very early
Early
Mid4
Late2
Very late

Keeping

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Does not keep1
1-3 days5
1 week
2-3 weeks
1-2 months
3 months or more

Uses


Good for eating fresh5
Good for cooking1
Good for juice
Good for cider

Cooking result


Puree
Textured puree
Keeps shape

Growingtop


Planting position


Full sun essential
Full sun preferred5
Tolerates partial shade
Tolerates north-facing shade1

Flowering group

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1
21
32
43
5
6

Self-fertility

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Self-fertile5
Partially self-fertile
Not self-fertile1

Ploidy

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Diploid6

Pollinating others

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Good4
Average2
Poor

Vigour

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Weak growing
Slightly small
Average growth3
Slightly large
Large3
Very large

Precocity

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Precocious3
Slow to start bearing

Cropping


Heavy3
Good3
Light

Fruit bearing

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Spur-bearer
Free-spurring
Partial tip-bearer
Tip-bearer

Fruit persistence

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Normal ripening4
Fruit drops when ripe
Ripens over a period2
Persistent

Bearing regularity

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Regular5
Biennial tendency

Climatetop


Blossom frost-resistance

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Good resistance2
Some resistance1
Susceptible

Can be grown in


Temperate climates5
Mild / damp climates
Warm climates2

Disease resistancetop


General resistance

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Good2
Average
Poor

Suitable for organic

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Organic / no-spray culture1

Canker

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Very resistant
Some resistance1
Neutral
Some susceptibility
Very susceptible

Scab

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Very resistant
Some resistance
Neutral
Some susceptibility
Very susceptible

Mildew

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Very resistant
Some resistance
Neutral
Some susceptibility1
Very susceptible

Silverleaf

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Very resistant
Some resistance
Neutral
Some susceptibility
Very susceptible

Fruit identificationtop


Country of origin


Canada4
United Kingdom2

Period of origin


1500 - 1549
1550 - 1599
1600 - 16491
1650 - 1699
1700 - 1749
1750 - 1799
1800 - 1849
1850 - 1899
1900 - 1949
1950 - 19995
2000

Fruit colour


Orange flush1
Red3
Red - dark2

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Cherry trees for beginners

  • Cherry trees
    Lapins Cherry trees

    Lapins

    Perhaps the best all-round sweet cherry for the UK. Easy to grow, with heavy crops of good-flavoured cherries.  compare
    From £18.45 to £34.95
    Flowering: 2self-fertile
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Eating 
  • Cherry trees
    Morello Cherry trees

    Morello

    Morello is a traditional late-season acid or sour-cherry, ideal for cooking with, and can be grown in north-facing situations.  compare
    From £18.45 to £55.95
    Flowering: 4self-fertile
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Cooking 
  • Cherry trees
    Stardust Cherry trees

    StardustTM

    Stardust is a new mid-season white cherry which is also fully self-fertile.  compare
    From £34.95
    Flowering: 4self-fertile
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Eating 
  • Cherry trees
    Stella Cherry trees

    Stella

    If you only want to grow one cherry tree, choose Stella - self-fertile, easy to grow, and a good pollinator.  compare
    From £18.45 to £55.95
    Flowering: 4self-fertile
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Eating 
  • Cherry trees
    Summer Sun Cherry trees

    Summer Sun

    Summer Sun is productive mid-season cherry, and should ripen even if the summer weather is less than perfect.  compare
    From £18.45 to £55.95
    Flowering: 3
    Pick: Mid-season
    Uses: Eating 
  • Cherry trees
    Sweetheart Cherry trees

    Sweetheart®

    Sweetheart is one of the best-flavoured late-season cherries for the UK climate.  compare
    From £18.95 to £55.95
    Flowering: 3self-fertile
    Pick: Late-season
    Uses: Eating