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Prunus cerasus 'Morello'


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Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour



Flowers, Fruit



Skill level


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Plant details

A fantastic, dark red acid cherry that is ideal for cooking. Cherries grow into small or medium-sized trees although, if grafted on a semi-dwarfing rootstock such as 'Colt', they may be grown as fans on garden walls or as dwarf pyramids, both of which are easier to protect with fleece against frost, and later against birds. Varieties such as 'Morello' are self-fertile and may be grown on their own, producing heavy crops of large juicy fruits. Always prune between early spring and mid-autumn, when wounds heal quickly. Fruits are borne on young stems and pruning is quite different from sweet cherries. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Prunus

Species: cerasus

Cultivar: Morello

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 900cm

Spread: 900cm

Flowering period: April to May

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