This section is from the book "The Fruit Manual: Containing The Descriptions And Synonyms Of The Fruits And Fruit Trees Of Great Britain", by Robert Hogg. Also available from Amazon: The Fruit Manual.
Lemercier. See Reine Hortense. There is a Lemercier grown by Mr. Rivers which is later than Reine Hortense, and, before it is quite ripe, considerably more acid than that variety. The tree has also a more rigid and upright growth, like the Dukes; but it is evidently a seminal variety of Reine Hortense, and, being a better bearer, is perhaps the preferable kind to grow of that admirable cherry.
Lion's Heart. See Ox Heart.
Ripe in the middle and end of July. The tree blooms late.
Louis XVIII. See Reine Hortense.
Fruit, large and perfectly heart-shaped, terminating at the apex in a sharp point, with a slightly marked suture on one side. Skin, shining, of a fine bright red colour, which is evenly distributed over the whole surface, except that it is a little paler on the shaded side. Flesh, pale yellow, very tender and melting, much more so than Bigarreaus generaly arc.
In the "Dictionnaire de Pomologie" Mr. Leroy states that this is an English variety raised by Mr. Rivers, of Sawbridgeworth.
Fruit, medium sized, obtuse heart-shaped. Skin, dark brownish red, becoming almost black as it ripens. Stalk, about two inches long. Flesh, half-tender, dark purple, juicy, sweet, and richly flavoured.
An excellent cherry, superior in quality to either the Black Heart or Corone. It is ripe in the end of July and beginning of August. The tree is a free grower, hardy, healthy, but a bad bearer, and on that account its cultivation has to a great extent been discontinued.
This is one of the oldest cherries known in this country, and seems to have been held in great estimation by all cultivators of fruit and fruit trees from Parkinson to Miller, as there is scarcely any of the horticultural writers who have not mentioned it. It is first mentioned by Parkinson in 1629.
Fruit, very large, often an inch and an eighth in diameter; obtuse heart-shaped. Skin, clear yellow, flushed and marbled with red. Stalk, an inch and a quarter long. Flesh, half-tender, juicy, sweet, and very richly flavoured.
This is a magnificent cherry; ripe in the middle and end of July.
Fruit, above medium size, obtusely heart-shaped, and flattened on one side. Skin, amber-coloured, finely mottled, and flushed with red, somewhat translucent and shining. Stalk, slender, two inches long. Flesh, yellow, tender, juicy, sweet, and richly flavoured.
Ripe in the middle of July.
Marboeuf. See All Saints. Marcelin. See Belle de Rocmont.