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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
Rosaceae / Rosaceae
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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Aspect South-facing or North-facing or West-facing
MoistureMoist but well-drained
SoilSand, Chalk, Loam
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Plant in a moist, but well-drained soil, fan-trained against a south, west or north facing wall. Further acid cherry cultivation advice
Cherries are usually propagated by grafting onto rootstocks for fruit
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Train in early to mid spring and once trained, prune after fruiting, following guidelines for pruning acid cherries / pruning established fans
Protect cherries against birds. Aphids, winter moth caterpillars and pear and cherry slugworm can be problematic
Bacterial canker, blossom wilt, brown rot and silver leaf can cause problems
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