Cherry trees on DWARFING rootstocks. The sweet cherry varieties we grow have been developed from the European bird cherry (Prunus avium), while the sour cherries (which are still tangy as well as sweet) have been developed from Prunus cerasus, a wild cherry from Asia. Cherries definitely need protection from birds and many growing methods have b...
Cherry trees on DWARFING rootstocks. The sweet cherry varieties we grow have been developed from the European bird cherry (Prunus avium), while the sour cherries (which are still tangy as well as sweet) have been developed from Prunus cerasus, a wild cherry from Asia. Cherries definitely need protection from birds and many growing methods have been developed to accommodate this eg. espalier, spanish bush or fans so that they can be netted.
One of the first to ripen around Christmas, this red flesh and red skinned cherry pears medium sized sweet, plump fruit. From Morocco in the 1930’s. It needs a pollinator: Rainer, Stella, Van or Bing.
Another early cherry (around Christmas), with dark skin and red flesh. Large fruit, sweet and plump. Originated in the UK. It needs a pollinator: preferably a Stella.
A white fleshed cherry, with variable coloured skin - yellow / orange / bright red. Very attractive, often heart shaped. Less intensly sugared than the purple fleshed varieties more commonly sold today. Pollinated by Stella.
An excellent tasting mid season cherry, keeping its firmness after being picked so handles well. Dark red / almost black firm flesh with lower susceptibility to splitting. Originated in 1928 as a hand pollinated cross from Young in NSW, and does well in warmer climates. Pollinated by Stella.
Simone is one of the new varieties of cherries that have come out of breeding programs in south-west Canada. The fruit is large - almost like a small plum, black, succulent and tasty. Quite resistant (more or less) to splitting when ripe. Self pollinating although having another variety will increase yield. Ripen from mid December to late January.
A hugely popular variety, again from a breeding program in south-west Canada 1968. Large fruit almost the size of a small plum, dark purple or black skin, succulent and sweet. Quite resistant to splitting when ripe. Self pollinating although having another variety will increase yield. Has a reputation for pollinating most other cherries, so a must-have...
Sunburst is a cross between Stella and Van. Large, almost black fruit and more resistant to splitting when ripe. Excellent flavour. Self fertile although having another variety will increase yield. Ripen from mid December to late January.
Another dark, sweet, large cherry. Tends to be crack resistant. Needs a pollinator - Stella, Regina or Van.
Are the very early sour cherries esteemed for preserves and jam. They are bright red with very pale coloured flesh and the trees are extremely tough, productive and prolific. Self fertile.
Morello is a sour cherry prized for preserving, cooking with and making Glacé cherries. The Polish love to lace them with Vodka. They have smallish dark fruit with dark flesh, and a rich slightly almondy flavour. Sour cherries tend to be more disease resistant than sweet cherries, but the birds will still get them! Self fertile.
Lapin is a cross between Stella and Van, and ripens a bit later in the season. From Canada in the 1960’s. Large plump fruit - almost like a small plum, black, succulent, tasty and sweet. Quite resistant (more or less) to splitting when ripe. Self pollinating though it's better to plant two just in case (and extend the season).
A late variety of sweet purple cherry. Developed in Germany 1957. Useful for extending the fruiting season. Pollinated by Lapin, Stella, Sunburst.
Another fine eating cherry, originating in Canada in the 1940's before the self-fertile ones like Stella, Sunburst and Lapin were bred. Red to black in colour, medium to large sized fruit. A really excellent lightly spicy, sweet flavour. Mid season. Requires pollination by Stella, Early Burlat, Ranier, Bing or Lapin. Still grown commercially.
Bing is another dark glossy attractive sweet cherry. Originating in 1875 Oregon USA, and is still one of the main commercial varieties today. Unsurpassed eating quality, sweet, large fruit with deep red colour and firm flesh that resists bruising. Needs a pollinator - a Stella, Van, Rainier, or Lapin. Ripens mid season.
A pale fleshed cherry, plump and creamy sweet. Developed in 1952 as a cross between Van and Bing in Washington USA. A most amazing flavour, these almost translucent beauties are considered the cream of the crop. The fruit need to be carefully handled to avoid bruising, and like all cherries need netting to protect from birds. Pollinated by Van, Bing,...
Same as Lapin, but ripening a little later.
Kordia is a heart shaped dark, almost black sweet eating cherry originating from the Czech Republic, a more modern cultivar (1981) favoured by commercial grows and bay-yard gardeners alike beacuase of it's sweetness, firmness and resistance to splitting.