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Early Red Maraly® cherry trees

Prunus avium
Early Red is a modern dark red sweet cherry with a firm flesh.

Early Red Maraly cherry trees for sale


  • BR1Spindlebush bare-root tree Gisela 5 rootstock £47.00
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
Next deliveries

Pre-order now for delivery from September onwards for pot grown trees or December for bare-root trees and mixed orders.

Delivery charges

Delivery for a single tree starts at £9.95. It is calculated when you add trees to your basket, based on your postcode.

Early Red, also known by its trade name Maraly, is an early-season red cherry. It should be ripe in late June / early July in southern England.

This is a commercial cherry variety that might be of interest to home orchard cherry enthusiasts. The trees are supplied in the commercial "knip" or "spindlebush" format.

How to grow

Early Red is susceptible to fruit splitting. This is caused by rain in June as the fruits are ripening. It is a serious problem for commercial growers, but perhaps not for the home orchard. It can be prevented by covering the tree to keep the rain off.

Early Red is not self-fertile and will need another compatible cherry tree nearby to pollinate it. Other American cherry varieties such as Pacific Red and Nimba are compatible, as are the Canadian self-fertile cherries.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.


Early Red, which is sometimes known as Early Garnet, is a cross between Garnet and Ruby cherries.

Early Red Maraly characteristics


  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group2
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Universal pollinatorNo
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesWarm climates


  • Picking seasonEarly
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-3 days
  • Food usesEating fresh


  • Disease resistanceAverage
  • Fruit splittingSome susceptibility


  • Country of originUnited States
  • Period of origin2000
  • Fruit colourRedRed - dark
  • Fruit sizeLarge

Similar varieties

  • Nimba
    Nimba is a modern large-fruited red sweet cherry, ripening right at the start of the cherry season.
  • Pacific Red
    Pacific Red is a modern large-fruited red sweet cherry with a firm flesh.

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