Morello cherry trees

Morello cherry tree
  • Best seller
  • Pick: Late-season (late July)
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Self-fertile
  • Uses: Cookery 
  • Disease-resistance: Good
  • Pollination partners
RHS AGM for Morello

Morello is a traditional English cooking cherry - if you want to make cherry pies, cherry crumbles, or jams and preserves, this is the best cherry variety to choose - when cooked it has a strong rich cherry flavour.

Morello cherries can be eaten fresh when very ripe (at which point they have a sharp-sweet flavour), but Morello belongs to the acid-cherry or sour-cherry (Prunus cerasus) species rather than the sweet-cherry species (Prunus avium), and is grown primarily for use in the kitchen. The fruits are smaller than modern dessert cherries, looking more like small seedless grapes.

Morello cherries (like most sour cherries) contain melatonin, a natural anti-oxidant substance which is also involved in regulating sleeping and wakefullness.

Morello is also an excellent pollinator of most other cherry varieties.

Morello cherry trees for sale

Deliveries start December 2018.

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Medium  (2.5m - 3m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - Gisela 5 rootstock 27.90 Sold outalert me
Large  (3.5m - 4.5m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - Colt rootstock 23.90
Full size  (6m+ after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - F12/1 rootstock 23.90

Delivery period: Trees are delivered between November and March. However it is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you. If you live in an area with very cold winters please let us know so that we can scheduled delivery for early spring.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

Summary features of Morello

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 4
    Flowers over a long period?
  • Pollinating others: Good?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Attractive tree
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?
  • Organic / no-spray culture?
  • Canker: Some resistance?

Uses

Identification

  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1600 - 1649
  • Fruit colour: Red - dark
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • RHS AGM: RHS AGM
  • Popularity: Best sellers?

Climate

  • Temperate climates
  • Planting position: Tolerates north-facing shade

Pollination guide for Morello

Morello is in flowering group 4. Morello is self-fertile and does not need a pollination partner, although fruiting may be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow Morello cherry trees

Whilst sweet cherries really need a sunny aspect, acid-cherries are far less demanding. Morello can be grown on a north-facing wall if necessary, and is hardy and reliable. It is self-fertile, and the blossom is relatively late, so the risk of frost-damage is slight.

Acid cherries arguably produce better-looking trees than sweet cherries too. If you need to prune, do so in spring to reduce the risk of bacterial canker, and note that Morello fruits mainly on new shoots which grew the previous summer. However as with all cherries and plums, it is best to avoid pruning if you can.

The blossom of Morello cherry is particularly long-lasting and compatible, making it an excellent pollinator of most other cherries (sweet or sour).

Historical details

Morello cherries have been grown in the UK since the early 17th century, but the origins of this variety are unknown.

Botanical name

Prunus cerasus 'Morello'