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Knight's Early Black cherry trees

Prunus avium
Knight's Early Black
Knight's Early Black is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Early
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
A traditional English early-season black cherry

Knight's Early Black cherry trees for sale

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree F12/1 rootstock £39.50
    Very large tree (4m-7m 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.

Knight's Early Black is a traditional English early-season black cherry. The flavour is well-regarded, and the tree is reasonably problem-free and productive.

How to grow

Knight's Early Black is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another variety which blooms at the same time and is in the same incompatibility group - the simple answer is to plant a modern self-fertile variety nearby, such as Stella, but Van and Amber Heart are also options.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

It is likely that Knight's Early Black was raised by T.A. Knight at his orchard near Elton, Herefordshire, in the early 19th century. It achieved some commercial success particularly in Kent, and there are probably several forms.

Knight's Early Black characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climates

Using

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

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood

Identification

  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1800 - 1849
  • Blossom colourWhite
  • Fruit colourBlack