Hi, I've tried to use the tools on this site to identify a tree in my UK garden without much success. The tree (see attached pictures) is currently around 5 - 6m tall and produces an abundance of almost black cherries, around 20mm in diameter in mid to late July. The cherries are sweet and delicious when fully ripe and I have to be quick to pick them before all manner of birds descend!
I've enjoyed the fruit for 17 years and am planning to move house in around 12 months. I'd love to take a cutting with me of the tree with me, if anyone has any advice on the best way of doing so, I'd be most grateful. Thank you.
It looks similar to Prunus avium (maybe the petals are a bit larger than that species), but which cultivar - that's tricky. If you are a member of the RHS, and are near one of their gardens (preferably Wisley in Surrey), you could use their identification service - taking fruit and foliage to them (take your photos too, to show the flowers).
You might be able to tell if your plant is a cultivar (rather than a plain species) by looking for a graft union, probably low on the trunk. That's sometimes marked by a change of girth. If you find one, you have a cultivar; if you don't you may or may not have a cultivar.
Advice on propagation varies, but in your situation I'd try both cuttings and budding (an easier form of grafting). Trying different methods and at different times of year can only increase your chances of success.
Just two, of many, bits of guidance:
Thanks for the fast response Mike. The petal size may be deceptive as I don't think the leaves are quite fully open yet. There are no obvious signs of a change of trunk girth.
A friend is a member of the RHS so I will take your advice on identification, and thank you also for the propogation links.