Prunus avium Merton Premier or Sweet Cherry Merton Premier Prunus avium Merton Premier, often called the Sweet Cherry Merton Premier, is a deciduous fruiting cherry tree. It is considered a classic sweet cherry. It is somewhat self-fertile but it will create a more ample crop of delicious sweet cherries if you plant a pollinator close-by. Ideally, you should plant a second, different variety of cherry that flowers at about the same time to get a bountiful summer harvest – e.g. Prunus Avium Early Rivers.
During the early spring months, Prunus Avium Merton Premier comes alive with fragrant white blossoms that attract honeybees to the garden. Following flowering, the tree starts to develop black, visually striking, sweet cherries that attract small birds and other woodland creatures. The delicious cherries are ready for harvest in June and mid-July. In the autumn, the foliage turns a brilliant orange before falling from the tree.
Height and Spread of Prunus avium Merton Premier The robust Sweet Cherry Merton Premier usually grows to a height of 2.4 to 3.5 metres, although it can be pruned to stay a much smaller size. Its canopy width is usually 1.5 to 2 metres.
How Hardy is the Prunus avium Merton Premier The Sweet Cherry Merton Premier is a hardy fruit tree throughout the UK
How to Use the Prunus avium Merton Premier The manageable size of the Sweet Cherry Merton Premier makes it an ideal sweet cherry tree for any sized garden. Its lovely flowers and striking fruit will become a focal point no matter where you plant the tree.
How to Care for the Prunus avium Merton Premier Plant this cherry tree in a location that provides it with full sun to receive a large crop of cherries. The tree will survive in partial shade but it will not flower as dramatically or produce as good of a harvest. Ideally, the tree prefers well-drained, sandy loam. After planting, keep the soil evenly moist for the first year to encourage a strong root system. Pruning should take place when the tree is dormant.
Prunus avium Merton Premier is a lovely landscape tree that fits easily into any size yard. Plant it where you can enjoy its lovely blossoms, striking fruit and robust autumn colours.