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Merchant cherry trees

Merchant

A large black early-season cherry with a good flavor.

Merchant cherry trees for sale

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree Colt rootstock £24.45
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
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How to grow

Merchant is a precocious variety and is likely to start fruiting on the Gisela 5 rootstock at about 3 years.

It is not self-fertile but can be pollinated by most self-fertile cherries including Stella, Summer Sun and Sunburst.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

UK 1970s.

Merchant characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersGood
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climates

Using

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

Problems

  • Fruit splittingSome susceptibility

Climate

    Identification

    • Country of originUnited Kingdom
    • Period of origin1950 - 1999
    • Fruit colourBlack
    • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit