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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)

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

Using

  • CroppingGood
  • Picking seasonEarly
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-3 days
  • Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
  • Flavour qualityVery good
  • Food usesEating fresh

Growing

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersGood
  • VigourAverage vigour
  • PrecocityPrecocious
  • Bearing regularityRegular

Problems

  • Fruit splittingSome susceptibility

Climate

  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climates
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)

Identification

  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Fruit colourBlack
  • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit