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Prunus cerasus 'Morello' (C) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Fruit (edible)

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Spring

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer

Fruit

Dark Red in Summer

Size

Ultimate height

2.5-4 metres

Ultimate spread

2.5-4 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

morello cherry

Family

Rosaceae


Prunus can be deciduous or evergreen trees or shrubs with showy flowers in spring, and often good autumn foliage colour. Some have edible fruit in autumn, and a few species have ornamental bark

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How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Plant in a moist, but well-drained soil, fan-trained against a south, west or north facing wall. Further acid cherry cultivation advice

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Cherries are usually propagated by grafting onto rootstocks for fruit

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

Train in early to mid spring and once trained, prune after fruiting, following guidelines for pruning acid cherries / pruning established fans

Pests

Protect cherries against birds. Aphids, winter moth caterpillars and pear and cherry slugworm can be problematic

Diseases

Bacterial canker, blossom wilt, brown rot and silver leaf can cause problems