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Knight's Early Black cherry trees

Prunus avium
Knight's Early Black

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.

Knight's Early Black cherry trees for sale

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree F12/1 rootstock £21.95
    Very large tree (4m-7m after 10 years)

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

Using

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

Growing

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • VigourAverage vigour
  • Bearing regularityRegular

Problems

  • Fruit splittingSome resistance
  • Disease resistanceGood
  • CankerSome resistance

Climate

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

Identification

  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1800 - 1849
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Fruit colourBlack