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Knights Early Black Cherry Trees

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  • Eating.
  • Dark red-black.
  • Self Sterile.
  • Pollination Group B.
  • Crops in Mid June.
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Prunus Knights Early Black - Early Season

Description of Knights Early Black Trees & Cherries:

An excellent old heritage cherry tree that is still loved by gardeners in Europe and the US. A Knight's Early Black cherry is smaller than a modern one, but your tree will make plenty of them. The juicy, dark red purple flesh is firm and very slightly chewy. The flavour is richly fruity, mildly sweet and deliciously aromatic.

Browse our range of cherry trees or see the full variety of fruit trees.


  • Self Sterile.
  • Pollination group B.
  • Crops in mid-late June.

Pollination Partners for Knights Early Black Cherries:
Your trees must be pollinated to make fruit.
Early Rivers, Merton Glory, Amber Heart and Van are all good pollination partners.

Our Knights Early Black cherry trees are all grown on "Colt" rootstocks.
Maximum height 4 metres.

Growing Knights Early Black Cherry Trees:
Rich soil is important - dig in plenty of good manure and compost before planting.
Soil drainage must be good.
The more sun your trees get the better your crops will be.
Cherry trees are targets for birds, so netting them is a very good idea.
Only prune cherries in summer.

History & Parentage:
Thomas Andrew Knight was one of the founders of the RHS: he was president of the Horticultural Society of London from 1811 to 1838, which became the Royal Horticultural Society in 1861.

His family had made themselves rich in the iron business, but Thomas was passionate about plants.
He inherited a mansion with 10,000 acres, which he used to breed fruit trees and vegetables.
Knight's Early Black was just one of many varieties that Mr Knight and his staff created.

It is one of the parents of Merton Bigarreau.