English Morello Cherry Tree
Ornamental Self-fertile Tree with Delicious Fruit
English Morello is an ornamental tree that produces delicious fruit. Plant several for a small orchard on a side yard, or perhaps a few along your driveway for an elegant welcome to your home all summer long. You can even use the English Morello as a small hedge, as they adapt well to pruning.
When the pretty flowers of many cherry trees have faded in decline, you can count on your English Morello to begin its dazzling display. In fact, you can easily prolong your summer cherry harvest as well by planting a few of these late-ripening trees.
Mid-summer is sure to bring you a prolific harvest of delicious, tart cherries that are perfect for many uses. Bake a pie for the neighbors or perhaps keep a bowl on the kitchen table for enjoying fresh.
English Morello cherries are outstanding for canning or freezing, and maintain their flavor well. They're also perfect for liquors and brandies, creating wonderful home-grown holiday gifts.
This late blooming self-fertile tree produces prolifically, with clusters of dark red fruit that mature in mid-summer. English Morellas prefer rich, well-drained, moist soil, and like more nitrogen and water than many sweet cherries.
English Morella is an outstanding choice for a tasty, tart cherry that both you and your wildlife will adore.
- Dark Red, Juicy, Sour Fruit
- Mid Summer Ripening
- Prolific Producer
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|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|3.5" Container||Equal to||.67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Equal to||.87 dry quart / .96 dry liter in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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Well Loved Dwarf English Morello Cherry
Considered to be the best of the Sour Cherries, English Morello holds this spot due mostly to its ripening time along with the unique flavor and the color it adds to dishes when cooked. A late ripening variety, originally called Morello, will ripen in the latter part of the Cherry season. It will also hang on the tree for a month after ripening.
The trees are naturally dwarf and beginning in the early 1700's, were often planted very close as hedges. The arching branches would droop and be supported by the neighboring tree. The fruit is small and often more than one tree was planted to ensure that there was plenty of fruit to harvest.
The origin of the English Morello is not clear. Best records suggest that it comes from either Holland or Germany. From here it was later introduced into France and England. Earliest records have it named Grosse Lange Lothkirsche, although history shows that it was grown throughout Europe under many different names during the 17 and 1800's.
Finally, in 1862 English Morello is recognized by the American Pomological Society, but even then, it had already made its way into the United States under names like Wragg Cherry, Morris Cherry, Colorado Morello and Northern Griotte which would all prove to be English Morello.
Most noted about the English Morello was its adaptation to espalier. From early on the tree, with its arching laterals, was the preferred espaliered cherry. Often covering long walls with beautiful foliage and fruit.
Still sought after for the unique red fleshed fruit and fine flavor that this variety brings to cooking, the English Morello may be the perfect fruit for the modern home garden with it high antioxidant value and its ability to fit into any backyard with its small size or as a beautiful espalier.
|Botanical Name||Prunus cerasus 'English Morello'|
|Mature Height||Standard: 15 - 20 feet|
|Soil Type||Widely Adaptable|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Fruiting Time||3 - 5 years|