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Superb Cherry with Prolonged 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 be noticed.

Your Sweetheart Cherry Tree will create a spectacle in your yard once friends and neighbors have sampled its delectable fruit. What's incredible about this cherry is that it ripens over a period of a couple weeks, so your harvest season is extended...and what a harvest it is!

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 delicious sweet flavor that will make your taste buds water. A slight hint of acidic undertone is just enough to provide the perfect amount of bite to this unique cherry. It even remains crisp long after being picked.

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. Mid-April brings pristine white flowers which results in a late harvest of mid-July cherries that dot the tree like tiny, brilliant ornaments amid the green foliage.

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.

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!

  • Heavy producer, Late and prolonged harvest
  • Self-fruitful
  • Stays crisp and resists cracking
  • Ornamental features

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
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
Size Volume
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
Size Volume
#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
Size Volume
#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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0 - 19.99 14.95
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50 - 69.99 19.95
70 - 99.99 24.95
100 - 129.99 29.95
130 - 130+ Approx 25%

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Self-Fruitful, Flavorful Cherry

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.


Sweetheart Cherry Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-7
Growing Zones 5-7
More Information
Botanical Name Prunus avium 'Sweetheart'
Mature Height Standard: 30 - 35 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 years