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Sweetheart Cherry Tree

Eating Cherry Trees
  • From £25 (VAT Free)

Sweetheart Cherry trees produce masses of tasty, large, red cherries. The eating cherries have a good, rich flavour with slight tartness (in a good way!). With a long cropping period and being the latest to crop of the sweet eating cherries, Sweetheart Cherry is popular for cropping right into late August.

This cherry tree has charming white flowers around April-May, making it just as popular in ornamental gardens as it is in productive orchards. It is self-fertile, so you won't need any other cherry trees to pollinate it and get your hands on the delicious succulent fruit - particularly useful in a garden setting.

Sweetheart Cherry trees are hardy throughout most of the year but need planting in a a sunny position. This variety benefits from being more resistant to fruit split than most cherry varieties.

AKA Prunus avium 'Sweetheart', Sweet Cherry 'Sweetheart'

  • Use: Eating Cherry
  • Cropping period: Late season (August)
  • Latin name: Prunus avium 'Sweetheart
  • Common name: Sweet Cherry 'Sweetheart'
  • Flowers: White
  • Heritage: Canada, 1990
  • Pollination group: B Self fertile
  • Position: Full sun
  • Height in 10 years*: Colt 4-5m

*Indication of the un-pruned height of this cherry tree variety on different rootstocks in 10 years. Variations will occur due to position, pruning etc.

Planting Advice for Sweetheart Cherry Trees

Our pot grown Sweetheart Cherry trees can be planted at any time of year, whereas bare root cherry trees can only be planted November - March. Sweetheart should be planted in full sun and spaced according to its rootstock, for example a semi-vigorous (Colt) rootstock will require approx. 4 metres between trees, whereas a dwarf rootstock will require approx. 3 metres between trees.

When planting, remove weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2-3x as wide. To help fruit trees establish more effectively, sprinkle rootgrow in the hole.

Remove the pot, gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. Mix 50% of the original soil with 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Avoid banking the soil up around the collar of the tree. We recommend planting Sweetheart Cherry trees with a stake and tie to ensure the roots are well anchored. The Cherry Tree Planting & Care guide has further information and videos.

Watering & Aftercare For Sweetheart Cherry Trees

If you’re planting in spring or summer, water well for the first few months. Increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. If planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little. Keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for several growing seasons and if needed, use a rabbit guard.

Top tip: To check if the soil requires further water, dig a finger into the soil a few centimetres. If the soil feels even slightly moist, it does not need further watering. If it feels dry, water and repeat this test again.

Pruning Advice For Sweetheart Cherry Trees

Prune Sweetheart Cherry trees for the first few years after planting to ensure a healthy, natural shape with a strong branch structure. Your tree should have one central leader and several side shoots. Straight after planting, trim the main stem back to approximately 120cm and the remove the lowest laterals, allowing at least 50cm of clear stem. Carry out this formative pruning in early spring.

To maintain a strong branch structure, aim to have 7 or 8 main branches which are well spaced, allowing enough light and air inside the canopy. Prune any crossing, damaged or diseased branches, whilst making sure the overall form of your tree is balanced and attractive. Stone fruit trees, such as cherries should be pruned in summer when they are stronger and less susceptible to disease.

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Special Orders
Orders containing pleached or mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) are delivered within 3 weeks. They require specialist delivery and are grouped geographically. Any customers ordering pleached or mature trees will be contacted and notified of their delivery date.

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Please note that orders are shipped once all the trees in the order are ready.

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The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. *Pot sizes may vary. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem tree: Classic tree with one trunk, pruned for a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted tree: A height next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Ideal for small spaces.

Feathered tree: Branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Multi Stem tree: Two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Clump: Several plants in one pot that give the appearance of a bushy multi stem tree.

Climber: Naturally climbing plant. Usually delivered running up a cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height.


Plant Specification Rootstock Root type age fruit Price Quantity Qty
Sweetheart Cherry Tree Rootstock: Colt (semi-vigorous) Root type: Bare root age fruit: 2 year old tree / 120-150cm Sweetheart Cherry Tree Price £25 (VAT Free)
Colt (semi-vigorous) Bare root 2 year old tree / 120-150cm £25 (VAT Free)
Sweetheart Cherry Tree Rootstock: Gisela 5 (dwarf) Root type: 12L pot* age fruit: 2 year old tree / 120-150cm Sweetheart Cherry Tree Price £60 (VAT Free)
Gisela 5 (dwarf) 12L pot* 2 year old tree / 120-150cm £60 (VAT Free)
Sweetheart Cherry Tree Rootstock: Colt (semi-vigorous) Root type: 12L pot* age fruit: 2 year old tree / 150-190cm Sweetheart Cherry Tree Price £55 (VAT Free) Was £60 (VAT Free)
Colt (semi-vigorous) 12L pot* 2 year old tree / 150-190cm £55 (VAT Free) Was £60 (VAT Free)
Total: £0 (VAT Free)