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Knight's Early Black

Knight's Early Black

Knight's Early Black is a traditional English early-season black cherry. The flavour is well-regarded, and the tree is reasonably problem-free and productive.

Prunus avium

Knight's Early Black cherry trees for sale

  • 1-year maiden bare-root tree 33.45
    F12/1 rootstock
    Full size size (4.5m-6m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
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How to grow

Knight's Early Black is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another variety which blooms at the same time and is in the same incompatibility group - the simple answer is to plant a modern self-fertile variety nearby, such as Stella, but Van and Amber Heart are also options.

History

It is likely that Knight's Early Black was raised by T.A. Knight at his orchard near Elton, Herefordshire, in the early 19th century. It achieved some commercial success particularly in Kent, and there are probably several different forms of this variety.

Knight's Early Black characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Picking seasonEarly
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping1-3 days
  • Useful forEating fresh
  • Disease resistanceGood
  • CankerSome resistance
  • Fruit splittingSome resistance
  • Climate typeTemperate climatesMild damp climates
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1800 - 1849
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Fruit colourBlack