All cherry trees prefer fertile, well-drained soil that is slightly on the acidic side of the pH scale. Try to aim for a pH of 6.5-6.7 if you can.
These trees prefer a warm, sheltered spot. They don’t tend to cope very well against frost, so somewhere they would be best protected against this is ideal. A sunny spot would be perfect, but Morello cherries can tolerate some shade if you have a darker garden.
A few varieties of cherry trees have received the RHS Award of Garden Merit, including Prunus ‘Sweetheart’. This produces a dark and sweet cherry that crops through summer until September. Another award-winning cherry tree to consider growing is Prunus ‘Morello’, which grows acidic cherries, and self-fertilises. It has wonderful blossoms before producing fruit between July and August. These tarter cherries are often used to cook and bake with!
Commercial cherry tree growers have mastered harvesting the fruit to a fine art. In fact, one whole cherry tree can be harvested within 7 seconds, thanks to mechanical harvesters. However, because of the intensity of the machine, it shortens a cherry tree’s life by several years.