By MEREDITH KIRTON
Not everyone can grow a cherry tree in Australia, as they really do need a cold spell in winter sufficient to set fruit. However, if you’re one of the lucky one who live in the mountains, tablelands or colder inland areas, like Canberra, then their ornamental value is an extra bonus, aside from the fruit, that you may not have considered. They have exquisite white blossoms in spring, stunning autumn foliage colour and a shiny, polished looking trunk that in itself is a feature.
Most cherries need a cross pollinator to set fruit, but a new dwarf one from Flemings Nursery, called Cherree® Black Cherry, is actually self fertile, as are a couple of their other cultivars. Look out too for the white fleshed, blush skin cherries.Check out www.flemings.com.au see the ‘Help Guides’ section of the website.
The cherry tree in Australia is famous for its November and December fruit, which hangs on the tree as if decorated for Christmas. Plants need shelter from strong hot winds, well drained soil and full sun with cold winters to thrive.
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