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All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum
temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
'Sweet Cherry' (Ice Cream Series) is a semi-evergreen perennial to 60cm tall, with deep green slender leaves and upright panicles of tubular cherry red flowers with white throats, borne over a long period from summer to autumn
'Stella' is a black cherry with large, rich, high quality fruits. Heavy, regular crops; self-fertile, but the fruit is prone to splitting in wet weather. Cropping season: late July. Pollination group 4
'Summer Sun' is a moderately vigorous sweet cherry with an attractive upright, spreading habit. Produces very good crops of firm, well-flavoured red to black fruit, cropping in late July. Not self fertile. Pollination group 4
'Early Rivers' is a dark red cherry with a sweet flavour ready to pick from early June. It is not self-fertile and requires an early-flowering, compatible partner
B. lenta is a conical tree, to 15m tall, with dark-red bark that becomes dark-grey with age. Aromatic shoots produce yellow-green leaves, to 10cm long, that turn yellow in autumn. Yellow-brown male catkins, to 8cm long, appear in early spring
'Lapins' is a dark red cherry producing heavy crops of large, well-flavoured fruit. It is self-fertile, and ready to pick in July
'Merchant' is an early-cropping, sweet cherry producing good yields of large, dark red fruit in early summer. It is not self-fertile
'Sunburst' is a self-fertile cherry with large, sweet, very dark red fruit in midsummer, white spring blossom and good autumn colour
P. avium is a medium-sized deciduous tree with nodding clusters of pure white flowers 2.5cm wide in late spring, followed by small, shiny red-purple cherries; leaves turn orange and red in autumn
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This plant is listed in the RHS Plant Finder book. At present our information about this plant is limited to a list of the nurseries that supply it. In time we will be adding more details including a description, growing information, advice and photographs.
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