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Tamara® cherry trees

Prunus avium
Tamara is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
Tamara has probably the largest fruit size of any of the cherry varieties we offer.

Tamara cherry trees for sale

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Next deliveries

Pre-order now for delivery from September onwards for pot grown trees or December for bare-root trees and mixed orders.

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.

Tamara is a new cherry variety from the Czech Republic. It has all the qualities we have come to expect from modern cherries - sweet, firm and juicy, with a balanced sweet-sharp flavour.

The difference in the case of Tamara is that the fruit size is exceptionally large - larger than any other cherry variety we offer.

The blossom of Tamara is also noticeably bigger and more impressive than most eating cherry varieties. Also unusually for a sweet eating cherry, the leaves of Tamara have some ornamental appeal in the autumn - they take on attractive dull brick red colours, like some ornamental cherries.

How to grow

In commercial trials the fruit size has been around 32mm, compared with 26mm for many other commercial varieties. Some growers have achieved even larger sizes. However Tamara is very new and there is little experience in UK conditions. We recommend thinning the fruitlets if it looks like the fruitset is too heavy after the blossom.

For best results plant in full sun in a sheltered situation.

One of the concerns with Tamara is that the stalk may not come away with the fruit when the cherry is picked, so be careful to pull the stalk and not just the cherry.

Tamara appears to have some resistance to cracking after rain at ripening time, which is always a potential problem for cherries given the vaguaries of the UK climate. It is slightly susceptible to brown rot, which can be an issue if the weather is damp at picking time.

We do not have full pollination data for this variety yet, but it is not self-fertile so we recommend you plant it near another self-fertile cherry or a wild cherry (Prunus avium). It flowers slightly early and ripens late (after Kordia).

 

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Tamara was developed at the Research and Breeding Institute of Pomology (RBIP) in Holovousy, Czech Republic. Its cultivar name is Aramat. It is a cross between Van, a well-known Canadian cherry variety, and Krupnoplodnaja, a Ukrainian variety noted for its large size. The first commercial plantings began around 2013 in the USA and central Europe.

Tamara characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group2
  • WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators

Using

  • Picking seasonLate
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-3 days
  • Food usesEating fresh

Problems

  • Fruit splittingSome resistance

Identification

  • Country of originCzech Republic
  • Period of origin2000
  • Fruit colourRed / Black
  • Fruit sizeVery large

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