Double Natte (Doppelte Natte; Kirsche Vonder Natte; Braune Frühkirsche)

Fruit, large for its class, roundish, but a little compressed on both sides, somewhat ovate towards the apex, and marked with a fine line on one side. Skin, dark brown or brownish black. Stalk, slender, slightly curved, pale green, and inserted in a flat depression. Sometimes the stalk is as much as three inches long, beset with leaves, and frequently with two fruit. Flesh, very red and juicy; juice also red, and when well ripened of a rather rich and somewhat aromatic flavour. Stone, oval.

A very good cherry; ripe in the beginning and middle of July.

The tree is a good bearer, of rather small size, and handsome habit of growth. It is a more compact grower, and the shoots are longer, thinner, and more pendulous than the Morellos.

Double Volger. See Gros Gobet. Doucette. See Belle de Choisy.

Downer's Late (Downer's Late Red; Downer's)

Fruit, produced in large bunches, medium sized, obtuse heart-shaped. Skin, of a delicate clear red on the exposed side, but paler and mottled with pale yellow where shaded. Stalk, an inch and a half long, inserted in a shallow depression. Flesh, pale, tender, juicy, sweet, and richly flavoured.

This is a very excellent late cherry, which succeeds well in this climate and is worthy of extensive cultivation.

The tree is healthy, a good grower, and an excellent bearer. Ripe in the middle and end of August.

It was raised at Dorchester, near Boston, U.S.A., by Mr. Samuel Downer, and I first received it from America in 1847.


Fruit, above medium size, very obtusely heart-shaped, almost round, and slightly compressed on one side, which is marked with a delicate suture. Skin, tender, tinged on the side next the sun with delicate red, and mottled and dotted with deep red, but pale yellow where shaded. Flesh, pale amber, transparent, tender, and juicy, with a very rich and high flavour.

A most delicious cherry of the first quality. It ripens in the middle and end of July, but is earlier when grown against a wall, for which purpose it is well adapted.

The tree is a strong and vigorous grower, healthy and hardy, and an excellent bearer. It succeeds well as a standard.

It was raised by T. A. Knight, Esq., of Downton Castle, and was first introduced to the notice of the Horticultural Society in 1822.

Dredge's Early White. See White Heart.

Drogan's Gelbe Knorpelkirsche. See Drogan's Yellow Bigarreau.

Drogan's Weisse Knorpelkirsche. See Drogan's White Bigarreau.

Drogan's White Bigarreau (Bigarreau Blanc de Drogan)

This is a very early form of the Bigarreau, being quite shrivelled when that variety is only just ripe. It is perfectly heart-shaped, rather pointed at the apex, and flattened on one side. Skin, yellow, mottled and flushed with red on the side that is much exposed. Stalk, an inch and a half long, stout. Flesh, firm, sweet, and richly flavoured.

A very desirable variety; ripe in the middle and end of June.