Fan trained Cherry trees are used against a wall; you will need not less than 180 x 180cm’s for a fan tree. Please note we do not supply ready trained trees; this Merton Bigarreau is a young tree suitable for training yourself, in situ. Such trees usually settle to cropping within 2 or 3 seasons. Dessert Cherries will usually require a sunny south or west facing aspect; the cooking variety ‘Morello’ can be used to utilize a less promising North or East facing aspect.
This is an old black cherry which ripens mid July and which is often claimed to be the most superb eating cherry of all, the flavour and juice content are exquisite. The fruits ripen to a splendid purple-black and the sweet nectar-like juice is also purple black. A highly rated variety from John Innes, Bristol. Merton Bigarreau is a vigorously growing tree that can produce heavy crops. Make sure the water content of the soil is consistent for the best results. A pollinator is required; here are some suggested varieties: