Prunus avium 'Napoleon'


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Producing a good crop of reddish-yellow edible cherries, it can be grown on three different rootstocks, giving different heights to approximately 3m (10ft) high, 5m (15ft), or 6-9m (20-30ft), depending on your soil. The early spring blossom is white, and the leaves turn rust-orange in autumn. Note that you'll need a second, different cherry that flowers at the same time to get summer fruit. 'Napoleon' used to be commercially grown in Kent, being known as the 'Kent Nap', but the over-fussy supermarkets wanted a cherry that didn't bruise quite so easily.

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Prunus

Species: avium

Cultivar: Napoleon

Plant type: Fruit

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Light green

Feature: Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 500cm

Spread: 500cm

Time to plant: September to November

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