Self Fertile

Sweetheart Cherry Tree

Eating Cherry Trees
  • £42.99 (VAT Free)

The Sweetheart cherry tree produces masses of large, red cherries that have a good, rich flavour with slight tartness. With a long cropping period and being the latest to crop of the sweet eating cherries, Sweetheart is popular for cropping right into late August.

It has charming white flowers and being self fertile, you'll only need one cherry tree to get your hands on the succulent fruit.

AKA Prunus avium 'Sweetheart' Sweet Cherry 'Sweetheart'

  • Use: Eating Cherry
  • Cropping period: Late season (August)
  • Flowers: White
  • Heritage: Canada, 1990
  • Pollination group: B Self fertile
  • Height in 10 years*: Colt 4-5m

*This is an indication of the un-pruned height of this variety of cherry tree on the different rootstocks in 10 years. Variations on these heights will occur when different factors are introduced such as planting position, pruning, geography etc.

Planting Advice for Sweetheart Cherry Trees

Sweetheart Cherry trees should be spaced according to their rootstock, for example a Colt (semi-vigorous) rootstock will require approx. 4 metres between trees, whereas a Gisela 5 (dwarf) rootstock will require approx. 3 metres between trees. Our pot grown cherry trees can be planted at any time of the year, whereas bare root cherry trees need to be planted between November and March.

When planting pot grown Sweetheart cherry trees, prepare the site by removing all 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 your tree establish more effectively, we advise sprinkling root grow in the hole, especially if you have poor soil. Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole. Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree. We recommend planting fruit trees using a stake and tie and a rabbit guard.

The Cherry Tree Planting & Care guide has further information and videos.

Watering & Aftercare For Sweetheart Cherry Trees

If you’re planting in spring, summer or dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. Keep an eye on young fruit trees and adjust watering as required. To check if the soil requires further water, dig a finger down into the soil, a few centimetres, and if the soil feels even slightly moist, it does not need further watering. If it feels dry, water and repeat this test again. Keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons.

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

Delivery Timescales

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team, with many despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours (please allow up to 10 days). There's no need to be in to receive your trees and you can request where they are left via the checkout.

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date and whether the delivery driver needs assistance.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees with a height under 1.5 metres) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat

Mature, pleached or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy additional trees with no increase in delivery cost.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.

The rootstock of a tree defines the height that it will eventually reach. All fruit trees can be pruned to control their height but it is advisable to choose a rootstock most suited to your needs in the first instance.

Colt (semi-vigorous)
4-5 metres (13-16feet) in 10 years - ideal for smaller orchards and individual specimens.

Gisela 5 (dwarf)
3 metres (10 feet) in 10 years - ideal for smaller gardens as specimen trees, patio growing and suited fan training.

Below are definitions of various forms, which refer to the shape of the tree defined by the pruning it has received. For more advice, please contact us.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree is has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.

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

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

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo 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 branch), which supports a branched crown. Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height.

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

The product table below gives the sizes and forms offered for this variety, along with photos you can enlarge (these are only a guideline as all plants are unique so vary slightly).

Plant Specification rootstock Root type typePrice Quantity Qty
Sweetheart Cherry Tree rootstock: Gisela 5 (dwarf) Root type: 12L pot type: 2 year old / 120-150cm Sweetheart Cherry Tree Price £42.99 (VAT Free)
Gisela 5 (dwarf) 12L pot 2 year old / 120-150cm £42.99 (VAT Free)
Sweetheart Cherry Tree rootstock: Colt (semi-vigorous) Root type: 12L pot type: 2 year old / 150-180cm Sweetheart Cherry Tree Price £42.99 (VAT Free)
Colt (semi-vigorous) 12L pot 2 year old / 150-180cm £42.99 (VAT Free)
Total: £0.00 (VAT Free)