RUTH TOLMAN In 2006 we kept some pips from cherries we had been sampling. Unfortunately we did not keep a record of the variety, to give one parent, though they were open pollinated. The pips were sown and one grew. New seedlings are often more vigorous than grafted trees and so it proved, the tree growing strongly but not fruiting until 2015. Though many interesting potential crosses of fruit have occurred to us, this has been the only new tree we have raised so far. The cherries are quite large, juicy and richly sweet, with red flesh, in the latter part of the mid season. Named after Derek’s mum who loved cherries.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

SMOKY DUN Middle-season fruit, becoming black, with flesh of soft dark red and moderately juicy. Grubb, in 1949, obtained it from Herefordshire but it has also long been local to the West Midlands. Trees are vigorous and good croppers. Middle-late flowering.

 

 

 

STRAWBERRY HEART Often grown around King’s Langley, in Hertfordshire. The fruit ripens mid-late season; it is slightly small on young trees, but large on older ones. Heart-shaped, with a shiny red skin which darkens as the fruit ripens, and with yellow flesh, which is quite juicy. Trees are erect and vigorous. Middle-late flowering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WATERLOO A dessert cherry grown in Thomas Andrew Knight's orchard and introduced in 1815 upon the battle of Waterloo. It is also known in Herefordshire as Strawberry Amber. A cross between Ambree and May Duke. It is one of the oldest known varieties still available. The exceptionally high quality fruit has dark red flesh, soft and juicy, with dark red skin. The cherries are medium sized and ripen mid season. Its compact habit makes it a popular garden tree. Early-middle flowering. Incompatible with Frogmore Early.

 

 

 

 

WHITE HEART ‘A’ There is more than one cherry with the name White Heart. The one we have as White Heart ‘A’ is from the National Collection and was locally grown in Buckinghamshire. Hogg (1884) wrote about only one White Heart, with synonyms Amber Heart, Dredge’s Early White, Kentish White, and White Transparent. Bunyard wrote of two, with differing flowering and fruiting characteristics. Trees of White Heart A are vigorous and densely spreading, and can be slow to come into fruit. The fruit is ripe midseason or later, and closely matches the description given by Hogg. It is medium sized, heart-shaped, creamy-white on the shaded side, and mottled dull red on the side exposed to the sun. The flesh is pale yellow, juicy, sweet and with a good flavour. Late-flowering.

 
             

 

YELLOW BIGARREAU This unnamed variety is simply known as Yellow Bigarreau by Martin Stevens of Holmer Green, Buckinghamshire. He has provided us with several important old cherries. Now in his 90s, he was associated with a local orchard, managed for Haslemere Estate, since 1928. The orchards were planted around 1820-1850 and his family, back to his great grandfather, worked with the fruit. The orchards have now almost all gone but many of the best old varieties, some now important rediscoveries, were regrafted and relocated by his family to their home orchard. Yellow skin with occasional red patches and described as a White Heart (white flesh) by Martin Stevens. A medium sized, sweet and juicy dessert cherry which is ripe mid-season. Early-middle flowering.