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Prunus cerasus 'Morello' (C)
  • RHS AGM

morello cherry

A dark red, acid cherry that is excellent for preserves, tarts, etc. Regular, good crops; very attractive in blossom; self-fertile. Crops from late July to early August, including on a north-facing site

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
2.5–4 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring White Green
Summer Green Red
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

North–facing or West–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Rosaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

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

Name status

Accepted

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How to grow

Cultivation

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

Propagation

Cherries are usually propagated by grafting onto rootstocks for fruit

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Wall side borders
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

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