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Cherry Tree Cultivars

Information about cherry Tree Varieties (cultivars ) including pollination groups, type of fruit and cropping season

Cherry CultivarsAll cherry fruit trees are pollinated by insects,  however many cherry trees need to be planted near to another cherry tree of a different cultivar (variety) to ensure a good crop, so choosing the right cherry trees is of utmost importance to avoid  disappointment. The information below will  make it easy for you to  choose suitable cherry tree(s).

 

 

Although there are a few cultivars available which are self fertile, i.e. they pollinate themselves with no need for another tree, unless you are absolutely sure of what you are buying, it’s best to err on the side of caution and buy two different cultivars of cherry trees to ensure you get a reasonable crop of cherries.  If you have lots of cherry trees nearby in  neighbouring gardens or allotments, you may get away with buying just one tree so long as the distance isn’t too great.

 

Before you buy your trees,  consideration must  be given to the flowering time of the trees being purchased to guarantee the flowers from all trees blossom at around the same time so that insects can cross-pollinate.

 

Below is a chart showing some popular cultivars available which have been grouped in accordance to their flowering time. It is therefore important to choose trees which are either in the same group or from adjacent groups. For example, any tree from group C can be pollinated by any tree from group B or Group D

 

Self-Sterile = need another cultivar to produce a reasonable crop

Self-Fertile =  will produce a reasonable crop if planted singly

Part Self-Fertile =  produce a better crop if planted close to another cultivar

Early Season - Harvest  June onwards

Mid Season   - Harvest  July onwards

Late Season  - Harvest Late July onwards

 

Cultivar (named variety) Use Crop Season Pollination Group Fertility Colour
    Black Tartarian Dessert Late A Self-sterile Black
    Early Rivers Dessert Early A Self-sterile Dark Red
    Noir de Guben Dessert Late A Self-sterile Black
    Nutberry Black Dessert Early A Self-sterile Black
    Bigarreau de Schrecken Dessert Early B Self-sterile Black
    Circassian Black Dessert Early B Self-sterile Black
    Kassins Freu Herz Dessert Early B Self-sterile Black
    Merton Glory Dessert Mid B Self-sterile Red/ Yellow
    Merton Heart Dessert Early B Self-sterile Dark Red
    Old Black Heart Dessert Mid B Self-sterile Black
    Waterloo Dessert Mid B Self-sterile Black
    Amber Dessert Early C Self-sterile Red/Yellow
    Elton Heart Dessert Mid C Self-sterile Red/ Yellow
    Governor Wood Dessert Early C Self-sterile Red
    Hertford Dessert Late C Self-sterile Black
    Inga Dessert Mid C Self-sterile Dark Red
    May Duke Culinary Early C Part self-fertile Red
    Merchant Dessert Early C Self-sterile Dark Red
    Roundel Dessert Mid C Self-sterile Red
    Van Dessert Late C Self-sterile Dark Red
    Whiteheart Dessert Late C Self-sterile Red/ Yellow
    Colney Dessert Late D Self-sterile Black
    Emperor Francis Dessert Late D Self-sterile Dark Red
    Ironsides Dessert Late D Self-sterile Red/ Yellow
    Kentish Bush Culinary Late D Self-fertile Red
    Lapins Dessert Mid D Self-fertile Dark Red
    Merton Crane Dessert Mid D Self-sterile Black
    Merton Reward Dessert Mid D Self-sterile Black
    Napoleon Dessert Late D Self-sterile Red/ Yellow
    Penny Dessert Late D Self-sterile Black
    Skeena Dessert Late D Self-fertile Dark Red
    Stella Dessert Late D Self-fertile Dark Red
    Summer Sun Dessert Late D Self-fertile Dark Red
    Summit Dessert Late D Self-sterile Dark Red
    Sunburst Dessert Late D Self-fertile Dark Red
    Vega Dessert Mid D Self-sterile Red/ Yellow
    Bigarreau Gaucher Dessert Late E Self-sterile Dark Red
    Florence Dessert Late E Self-sterile Red
    Nabella Culinary Mid E Self-fertile Red
    Turkish Black Dessert Mid E Self-sterile Black
    Wye Morello Dessert Late E Self-fertile Red
    Albalu Culinary Mid F Self-fertile Dark Red
    Bradbourne Black Dessert Late F Self-sterile Black
    Montmorency Culinary Late F Self-fertile Red
    Morello Culinary Late F Self-fertile Red
    Noble Dessert Late F Self-sterile Dark Red

 

 

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