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Bigarreau Napoleon cherry

The traditional Napoleon cherry remains deservedly popular to this day.

This variety also played a key role in the development of Stella, the first self-fertile cherry.  As a result many modern cherries can trace their ancestry back to the Napoleon cherry.

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United Kingdom


  • Species: Prunus avium
  • Originates from: United States
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1438


  • Fruit colour: Red + Yellow


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Harvest period: Early season


  • Flowering period: Early season
  • Flowering group: 1
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Cherry incompatibility group: Group 2
  • Vigour: Large


  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates

Also known as

  • Grosse Lauermann's Kirsche

Offspring of this variety


  • Canker  - Very susceptible


  • Fruit splitting  - Very susceptible

Where to buy fresh fruit

No orchards have registered as growing this variety. If you grow this and want to register please go to our Orchard Registration form.


  • Fruit Expert
    Author: Hessayon
    As Napoleon Bigarreau

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