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Morello cherry trees

Prunus cerasus
Morello
Morello has received the RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Picking season: Late mid / late July
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Awards: RHS AGM (current) 1993
Morello is a traditional late-season acid or sour-cherry, ideal for cooking with, and can be grown in north-facing situations.

Morello cherry trees for sale

Pot-grown

All pot-grown trees are suitable for planting out in the garden, some are suitable for growing in containers.

  • PG12-year bush-trained 11.5L pot-grown tree Gisela 5 rootstock £63.50
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • PG22-year bush-trained 11.5L pot-grown tree Own-roots rootstock £60.50
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • PG32-year bush-trained 12L pot-grown tree Colt rootstock £57.75
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years)
  • PG4Premium half-standard 12L pot-grown tree Colt rootstock £61.50
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years)

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree Gisela 5 rootstock £45.50
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • BR21-year bare-root tree Own-roots rootstock £45.50
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • BR32-year bush-trained bare-root tree Colt rootstock £47.25
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years)
  • BR42-year half-standard bare-root tree Colt rootstock £51.00
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years)
Pre-ordering

You can pre-order now, deliveries start in September.

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.

Morello is a traditional English cooking cherry - if you want to make cherry pies, cherry crumbles, or jams and preserves, this is the best cherry variety to choose - when cooked it has a strong rich cherry flavour.

Morello cherries can be eaten fresh when very ripe (at which point they have a sharp-sweet flavour), but Morello belongs to the acid-cherry or sour-cherry (Prunus cerasus) species rather than the sweet-cherry species (Prunus avium), and is grown primarily for use in the kitchen. The fruits are smaller than modern dessert cherries, looking more like small seedless grapes.

Morello cherries (like most sour cherries) contain melatonin, a natural anti-oxidant substance which is also involved in regulating sleeping and wakefullness.

Morello is also an excellent pollinator of most other cherry varieties.

 

How to grow

While sweet cherries really need a sunny aspect, acid-cherries are far less demanding. Morello can be grown on a north-facing wall if necessary, and is hardy and reliable. It is self-fertile, and the blossom is relatively late, so the risk of frost-damage is slight.

Acid cherries arguably produce better-looking trees than sweet cherries too. If you need to prune, do so in spring to reduce the risk of bacterial canker, and note that Morello fruits mainly on new shoots which grew the previous summer. However as with all cherries and plums, it is best to avoid pruning if you can.

The blossom of Morello cherry is particularly long-lasting and compatible, making it an excellent pollinator of most other cherries (sweet or sour).

We sometimes offer Morello cherries grown from cuttings on their own roots. These have a similar vigour to trees grafted on the the semi-dwarf Gisela 5 rootstock, and should start fruiting within a year or so of planting.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Morello cherries have been grown in the UK since the early 17th century, but the origins of this variety are unknown.

Morello characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Flowering group5

Using

  • Picking seasonLate

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood

Identification

  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1600 - 1649
  • Blossom colourWhite
  • Fruit colourRed - dark
  • AwardsRHS AGM (current)