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Penny cherry trees

Prunus avium

Penny is a large firm black English cherry with an excellent flavour.

It is one of a number of new varieties which are very late ripening - mid to late August - making it a good choice for extending the fresh cherry season.

Penny 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 £45.50
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • PG22-year bush-trained 12L pot-grown tree Colt rootstock £43.00
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree Gisela 5 rootstock £26.45
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
  • BR21-year bare-root tree Colt rootstock £23.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

How to grow

Penny is not self-fertile, so it needs a pollination partner and should not be planted as your only cherry tree - but any other self-fertile variety should be compatible. Commercial growers also use Kordia (another black cherry), Regina, Summer Sun, Skeena, Sweetheart, and Sunburst.

This variety is well-suited to the Gisela 5 rootstock.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Whilst much of the development of new cherry varieties over the last 5 decades has taken place in Canada, Penny was developed at East Malling Research in the UK by K. Tobutt, and released in 1998.

Penny characteristics

Using

  • CroppingGood
  • Picking seasonVery late
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-3 days
  • Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
  • Flavour qualityVery good
  • Food usesEating fresh

Growing

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

Problems

    Climate

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

    Identification

    • Country of originUnited Kingdom
    • Period of origin1950 - 1999
    • Flower colourWhite
    • Leaf colourGreen
    • Fruit colourBlack
    • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit