We cannot tell a lie. First president, George Washington, supposedly chopped down his father’s cherry tree according to a biography written by former pastor and bookseller Mason Locke Weems. That story is widely thought to be fabricated. The truth is that no one would want to chop down a Burchell cherry tree. The powerful antioxidants and sweet taste of cherries make them a market bestseller. That’s why Burchell Nursery gives you 15 varieties—4 patented—to choose from.

Burchell Nursery provides its customers with the utmost planting flexibility by offering most its varieites as Ready Start® Potted Trees. Please consult with your Healthy Start Trees field representative for current availability and pricing.

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see the pages on Superfoods

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Rootstocks for Cherry Trees

Mazzard EMLA-Colt Gisela® 6 (PP#8,954)
Mahaleb Gisela® 5 (PP#9,622) Gisela® 12 (PP#9,631)


Gisela® Rootstocks for Cherries*
The Gisela Cherry rootstock series was developed by Dr. Wernes Gruppe at the University of Giessen in West Germany. Using state-of-the-art techniques, Dr. Gruppe developed the series with specific crosses between different prunus species to produce a broad range of deisrable characteristics.