Your Sweetheart Cherry Tree (Prunus avium 'Sweetheart') will create a spectacle in your yard once friends and neighbors have sampled its delectable fruit. Easier to grow than other Cherry varieties, this is both a low maintenance and easy-going tree!
Mid-April brings pristine pinkish-white flowers which results in a late harvest of mid-July cherries that dot the tree, just like tiny, brilliant ornaments amid the shiny, bright-green foliage.
The shiny, bright heart-shaped red fruits exterior covers the smooth, crisp skin of this exquisite cherry. The interior flesh is meaty and firm, but with a deliciously sweet flavor that will make your taste buds water. A slight hint of acidic-tart undertone is just enough to provide the perfect amount of bite to this unique cherry. It even remains crisp long after being picked.
What's incredible about this sweet cherry is that it ripens over a period of a couple of weeks, so your harvest season is extended...and what a harvest it is!
Autumn transforms the shiny foliage to shades of orange, pink or red for yet another decorative show. Of course, as with most cherry trees, even the bark itself is lovely. The reddish, dark-brown hue even becomes fissured on older trees for added interest!
The Sweetheart Cherry is quickly becoming a wildly popular tree. It's self-fruitful and a perfect choice if you only have room for one tree. In fact, the addition of another variety will only serve to increase your production and harvest.
Sweetheart Cherry Tree has ornamental features and outstanding, summer fruit. These Cherry Trees would look spectacular lining your driveway, or even just one in your front or side yard would be sure to be noticed.
Sweetheart Cherry is not only a source of wonderful fruit but also a lovely tree for your yard and can be pruned to maintain almost any height.
Beautiful for an ornamental statement piece, specimen and fantastic shade tree, these trees fill your landscape with 4 season interest!
Add to an existing orchard to help pollinate other sweet Cherry Trees or plant as a focal point tree you can picnic under in a sunny backyard!
The healthy fruit and juice from Cherries are just one of the great reasons to grow this tree, but the firm, crisp flesh makes for fantastic fresh eating and snacking but also incredible jams, jellies and pies!
One of the easiest Cherry trees to grow, these are perfect for the beginner home gardener or home orchard. Low maintenance too, they are vigorous growers and produce a heavy crop of fruit from an early age! So you won’t have to wait long for your first juicy
Provide fruit trees like Sweetheart a full sun site with at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day.
These trees do best with consistent moisture and well-drained soil that’s been enriched with rich, organic material. Add Nature Hills Root Booster while planting for a life-long symbiotic relationship with the tiny feeder roots.
Prune in late winter to open the canopy to airflow and more sunlight, also to remove any dead, diseased or broken limbs. Provide a good layer of mulch to insulate the root system and help retain more moisture.
Choosing a Sweetheart Cherry Tree ensures that you will have an attractive tree that is also a heavy producer of extra-large sweet, juicy fruit. What a way to bring a spectacular finale to your summer!
Order yours at NatureHills.com today for sweet treats tomorrow!
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|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|Sprinter Pot||Equal to||.63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Ranges from||.31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume|
|6" Container||Equal to||1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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The Sweetheart Cherry is reportedly the most popular cherry variety grown in Washington State today. This is a self-fruitful selection introduced in 1994 introduction by David Lane, a breeder from the famous Summerland Agricultural Research Station in Summerland, British Columbia. The Sweetheart is a cross between the Van and Newstar, which was first made in 1975.
The Summerland Research Station - originally named Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre - was established in 1914 to support the developing agriculture industry in British Columbia. It was renamed the Summerland Research Station in 1959.
Early on the Summerland Research program focus was farming in general, with hybridization going mostly to field crops and apples. In the mid 1950's, a staff change resulted in a changing focus to tree fruit varieties. This was due in no small part to disease pressures affecting farmers in British Columbia.
Since then, they have introduced several important new varieties, with the Stella Cherry being one of the most noted. Stella is considered one of the first of the self-fruitful sweet cherries.
Many teams of researchers have contributed some of the most popular varieties of cherries of the time. Most noted today are the self-fertile Lapins, Sunburst, Skeena and a true favorite for the home garden the Sweetheart. All selected for fine flavor and do not need a pollinator to produce excellent fruit.
|Botanical Name||Prunus avium 'Sweetheart'|
|Mature Height||30 - 35 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Soil Type||Widely Adaptable|
|Foliage Color||Glossy Bright Green|
|Harvest Time||Late Season|
|Fruiting Time||3 - 5 years|
|When To Prune||Late Winter|