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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 Gisela 5 rootstock £28.95
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • BR21-year bare-root tree Colt rootstock £27.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
Pre-ordering

You can pre-order now for delivery from early September 2021 for pot grown trees (or late November / early December for bare-root). You do not need to pay at this stage - just add items to the basket and checkout as usual.

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