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Prunus avium Sweetheart

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Cherry

Easy to grow self fertile tree

A delicious red cherry with a sweet flavour, but a note of sharpness. It is the best of the late season cherries, ripening in late summer. The fruits are wonderful straight from the tree or can be cooked or used to make preserves. An attractive small tree of open habit with dark green leaves and clouds of pure white blossom in early spring. This is self-fertile variety that can be grown on its own and will still produce a good crop of fruits.

Where?

Plant in full sun in an open but sheltered situation. Can be grown with other fruit trees or as a small ornamental tree.

How?

Any well-drained fertile soil; best on slightly alkaline soils or chalk. Prune if necessary in summer after the fruit has been picked, never in winter. Stake and tie securely when planting. Fruit may need protection from birds.

Cherries are always at their best served when fully ripe and slightly chilled. They are rich in Vitamin C

Plant details


In depth plant information

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Plant type Fruit tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available January - December
Season of interest Summer, Autumn
Flowering May - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 250 cm - 500 cm
Plant width 250 cm - 400 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 250 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, Ideal for walls & trellis & arches & pergolas

Typically available

From January to December