Morello cherry flower © Bogdan Janus, Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 3.0 License
Small, up to 6m tall.
Smooth, dull brown.
More or less hairless, margins single- or double-toothed, the teeth ending with a purple gland. Leaf-stalk without glands near the junction with the leaf blade.
Large green bud-scales at the base of each flower cluster.
Fully-open flowers are white and 20–25mm across. The sepals form a bell-shaped tube.
10–20mm long, red or black, sour-tasting.
The morello cherry occurs in the wild and is also widely cultivated for its fruit. It is sometimes called the sour cherry and is mainly used for cooking.
There are two varieties of morello cherry. The type commonly known as morello has dark-red to almost black fruit. The other variety, known as amarelle, has lighter red fruit.
Morello cherry flowers.© Bogdan Janus, Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 License
Morello cherry fruit.© Alina Zienowicz, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported
Morello fruit.© Kristian Thy
Morello cherry tree.© Benjamin Gimmel, Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 License
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