Cherry Fruit Trees
Cherry Trees are related to Plums, Peaches and Apricots and are grown widely as both fruit bearing trees and ornamental trees. Cherry Trees will fruit mid year in the UK June - July - August depending on cultivar and location. Cherry trees are either sweet cherries or sour cherries.
Cherry Tree Care
A sunny position is essential for fruiting, so plant carefully. A well drained humus rich moist soil is best. Keep the area beneath the tree weed free. Mulch to provide a cool root run. Consistent moisture levels are required to prevent fruit from splitting.
Top up mulch in spring adding well rotted compost at the same time. Clean up beneath the tree, removing dropped fruit and leaves to help prevent disease.
Trees can be pruned to a fan in cool areas, positioned against a sunny wall to obtain extra warmth in cooler areas. Dwarf varieties can be grown in containers.
Pruning Cherry Trees
As with all stone fruits the less pruning the better, they really do not like being pruned. However this is also a problem as un pruned trees can begin to produce less and smaller fruit over time. Older or mature Cherry trees are best pruned when in active growth, so summer. Younger trees can be pruned in spring so that they can be suitably trained.
We would strongly suggest you find a local expert who can show you when and how to prune different cherry trees to help avoid problems.
How to choose a Cherry Tree.
When choosing a Cherry Tree you should consider a few factors. What you want the fruit for, what size tree you can fit into the space, when you want the fruit to ripen
Type of Cherry Tree.
- Sweet cherry (Prunus Avium)
- Sour cherry (Prunus cerasus)
Size of Cherry Tree
This will depend on the rootstock. Cherry Tree Rootstocks such as 'Mazzard', 'Colt' 'Mahaleb', and 'Gisela 5' all will dwarf a cherry tree to different extents
Cherry Tree Varieties
Some of the best Cherry Trees(Prunus Avium) suitable for the UK include:
- Colney, Merton Glory, Morello, Stella, Summer Sun, Celeste, Lapins Cherokee, Amber Heart, Bigarreau Napoleon, Merton Bigarreau, Sunburst Cherry and Sweetheart
Cherry Trees for sale online in the UK
WALCOT ORGANIC NURSERY
Lowe r Walcot Farm, Walcot Lane, Drakes Broughton, Pershore, Worcs, WR10 2AL - Phone & Fax: 01905 841587
Growers of a wide range of organic fruit trees - apples, plums, pears, plums, cherries, quinces. Available bare rooted, by mail order or collection.
ASHRIDGE TREES Limited
Grove Cross Barn, Castle Cary, Somerset BA7 7NJ
Tel.: +44 (0) 1963 359444 Fax: +44 (0) 1963 359445