Range of Cherry trees including sweet cherry trees (Prunus avium) which are ideal for eating fresh and sour cherry trees (Prunus cerasus) that are perfect for using in cooking and baking. You will not taste a fresher cherry than that picked from your own tree at home and it's much more cost-effective than buying them. You can even freeze your freshly picked cherries for use later in the year!
We stock a wide range of sweet eating and cooking cherry tree varieties, all of which are offered on a choice of rootstocks to suit the size of space you have available. All the cherry trees listed in this section are pot grown so they can be planted at any time of year, but if you would like bare root cherry trees (for planting between November and March only) please contact us. As well as providing delicious cherries in the summer, cherry trees also have beautiful spring white blossom and look at home in gardens. Please note we also stock a range of Flowering Cherry trees if you want a purely ornamental tree.
The cherry tree growing guide has information on planting, pruning and caring for your cherry trees.
If you're baking with the cherries you've grown, a good trick for ensuring your cherry pie retains that vibrant shade of red is to use sour cream instead of milk in your baking recipes as the chemicals in baking powder can turn them blue. Another tip that really brings out the flavour in your home made cherry pies is to add a ¼ teaspoon of almond extract.
Cherries are stone fruits and part of the same family as almonds, peaches, apricots and plums. These delicious fruits can be traced back to 17BC when they were first brought to Rome from historic Armenia. Cherries were first introduced to England by Henry VIII who tasted them in Flanders.
The English name cherry, French name cerise and Spanish name cereza are all derived from the Latin cerasum and the ancient Greek place name Cerasus. Cerasus is now a city in Northern Turkey called Giresum where cherries were first exported to Europe. Turkey is also the top producing country for cherries with over 400,000 tonnes of fruit produced in 2011.
Traverse City, Michigan is known as the Cherry Capital of the World and produces 75% of America’s tart cherries. The National Cherry Festival has been held here since 1925 and includes competitions such as, cherry pie eating contests and cherry pit spitting.