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Merchant' Cherry Tree Fruit Trees

Merchant' Cherry Tree

Prunus avium 'Merchant'

SKU: FRU0299

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The Highlights

    • A beautiful early season dessert cherry with a sweet, rich flavour
    • Large, aromatic cherries ripen to a deep red-black
    • A reliable and easy to grow tree with heavy crops
    • Colt rootstock results in a naturally compact tree suitable for borders, patios or even pots
    • Not self fertile - needs a pollination partner
    • RHS Award of Garden Merit winner

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Supplied as:

9L Eco Pot
This tree is supplied in a 9L Poly-Pot, which is approx D15 x H30cm. Poly-Pots use 70% less plastic then traditional pots and can be recycled easily. A 9L pot allows ample space for good root development and can support a good size tree.

Height on arrival:

130-150cm inc. pot

Eventual height:


Eventual spread:


Tasting notes:

Deep rich flavour

Time to first crop:

2 years
You may see your first cherries 2 years after planting, but you should not expect substantial crops until the 4/5th year.


Fully hardy
This tree is fully hardy, meaning it will survive under any condition including the occasional snowy winters in the UK. The one thing to watch out for is blossoms being affected by frost. If there is frost forecast when your tree is in blossom, you should protect it overnight with horticultural fleece.

Self fertile:

Not self fertile

Pollination group:

Pollination Group 3
Pollination groups relate to the time of the year when a tree flowers. Trees that flower at the same time can pollinate each other, which helps produce fruit if not self fertile, and can still improve yields even if they are. Trees can usually pollinate a group either side of their own; i.e "2" can Pollinate 1, 2 & 3




Cherry tree varieties are usually grown by grafting them to rootstocks. This has benefits for pest resistance, genetics and the efficiency of propagation. Importantly, it also limits the height of a tree to a more manageable, specific height. Colt cherry trees tend to only reach 4m tall, perfect for smaller spaces or those afraid of stepladders. They can also be trained to a smaller size by pruning or restricting the roots, by keeping in a smaller pot.


Care Guide

Good pest and disease resistance

Shows good resistance to the main pest and diseases for cherries including cracking. You may see some damage from aphids and caterpillars, which can both be washed away with soapy water. Birds will eat the cherries if given the chance so take steps to prevent this like using a fruit net or bird scarers. Reduce the risk of bacterial canker by pruning to improve airflow and removed rotting organic matter nearby.MORE

Water in well

Water in thoroughly when planting. For bare root trees, you won't need to water regularly, only in dry spells when needed. You should be able to tell because the leaves will start to wilt and droop. If a container grown tree, it will need more watering until its roots are established. It should be watered every other day or so for the first few months. Then reduce to twice a week until autumn. In the second year it should have an established enough root system to support itself, just water when required as explained above for bare roots. When watering a tree it is important to give a good soaking. It is better to water heavily and less frequently than little and often as this encourages the roots to grow down into the ground.MORE

Full sun

Plant where the tree will receive around 6-8 hours of sunlight daily in spring/summer.MORE

Any soil except sandy

Prefers fertile well draining soil. Can also tolerate clay soil but you will need to take some steps to improve drainage in the winter. They like deep soil and they don't tolerate either sandy or badly draining soil.MORE

Feeding not required

No feeding needed.MORE

Some structural pruning required

Some pruning should be done each winter to ensure that your cherry tree maintains a productive shape. This can improve yields and prevent disease.MORE