Species: Prunus cerasus
Use: Cooking / dessert (sour cherry, quite palatable)
Ploidy: Tetraploid, self-fertile
Pollination Group: D / 4
Blossom: small, white
Season: Late autumn
More Info: Keepers / OrangePippin
Tree Source: Grow at Brogdale
Rootstock: Gisela 5 (G5)
Planting Size: Small standard
Planting Date: January 2020 (but see below)
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Notes & Observations
Background – Sour cherries were popular with the ancient Greeks and Romans, and probably introduced to Britain by the latter. Popularised in Henry VIII’s day (source).
This tree was originally planted in an air-pot in 2017, but grew and fruited poorly in its restricted root environment over the next three seasons. When pear ‘Beurré Sterckmans’ (Py1) died in the winter of 2019 I decided to replace it with the ‘Morello’ to give the latter a better chance of developing and, hopefully, fruiting.
Season 2020 – A small amount of blossom but no fruit this year. Some growth, but the tree will be settling in and (hopefully) getting its roots down to kick on in 2021.