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Merchant cherry trees

Merchant
Merchant has received the RHS Award of Garden MeritMerchant is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
An early-season black/red cherry with a good flavour.

Merchant cherry trees for sale

Bare-root

  • BR1Spindlebush bare-root tree Gisela 5 rootstock £37.50
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
Next deliveries

Order now for delivery from w/c 24th January onwards.

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

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 group2
  • Pollinating othersGood
  • Universal pollinatorYes
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climates
  • WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators

Using

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

Problems

  • Fruit splittingSome susceptibility

Identification

  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colourBlack
  • AwardsRHS AGM (current)