Sweetheart Sweet Cherry Tree

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Your Sweetheart Sweet 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! Sweetheart 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.

Mid-April brings honeybees and butterflies to help pollinate the pristine, scented, pinkish-white flowers which result 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 exterior covers the smooth, crisp skin of this exquisite Cherry.

The interior red 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 into shades of orange, pink or red for yet another decorative show! Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 5 to 8, Sweetheart can become a good-sized tree at 30-35 feet in height. 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!

Planting and Application:

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! These can get to be big trees, so you'll have plenty to share with friends and family, neighbors and the local songbird population!

Sweetheart Cherry Tree has many 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 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! Perfect for an edible landscaping 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 set up a table and benches under for shade! This Cherry tree does not require cross-pollination, but for the largest harvest, we recommended you include an early to mid-season ripening Sweetheart, Black Tatarian, and even the Montmorency Sour Cherry can be used as a pollinator. You'll enjoy boosted harvests from both trees and extend your harvest by almost a month with a careful selection of later-bearing partner trees. If you don't have room for two trees, try this high-density planting trick and more in our Garden Blog.

  • Meaty, Firm & Juicy Sweet Cherries
  • Scented, Gorgeous Pinkish Blooms
  • Large Canopy & Shiny Bright-Green Foliage
  • Ornamental Features - Pinkish Scented Blooms & Great Fall Color!
  • Self-Fruitful Heavy Producer
  • Late & Prolonged Harvest
  • Fresh Eating, Pies, Jams & Jellies

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Provide fruit trees like Sweetheart a full sun site with at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day. Cherry Trees need to be planted in rich, well-drained soil. Ensure that your planting site has good air circulation, and that gets morning sun, if you can, which quickly takes care of morning dew to keep your plants healthy.

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 harvest

Prune fruiting Cherry trees in late winter to open the canopy to sunlight and airflow, to remove dead, damaged or diseased limbs. Prune Cherry trees in spring to shape, and remove water growth or suckers. It's easy to prune the Sweetheart Cherry tree to under 10 feet tall. This is called summer size control pruning, and it makes harvest a lot easier.

  • Full Sun
  • Regular Moderate Moisture
  • Rich Well-Drained Soil
  • Appreciates Mulched Beds
  • Cold Hardy
  • 700 Chill Hours

Watch our YouTube channel and keep an eye on our #ProPlantTips Garden Blog for more information on proven backyard orchard culture techniques!

Choosing a Sweetheart Sweet 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!

Sweetheart Cherry Tree Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take for Sweetheart Sweet Cherry Trees to bear fruit?

Nature Hills Nursery sells fruit trees with mature root systems, and will often set fruit in their second or third years.

How Fast Do Sweetheart Sweet Cherry Trees Grow?

Cherry trees are medium-growth rate plants and once they are established they can add 12-18 inches per year or so if given the ideal growing conditions.

Where do Sweetheart Sweet Cherry Trees Grow Best?

Cherry trees grow best in well-drained, fertile soil in at least 6 hours of full sun per day or more. Morning sun is a plus and planting any fruit tree where there is good air circulation keeps the plants stress-free.

Do You Need 2 Cherry Trees to Produce Fruit?

All Prunus varieties have different requirements to set fruit. Sweetheart is self-fruiting and doesn't need a pollinating partner, but will bear more fruit when paired with a partner that flowers at the same time.

No room? Look into High-Density Planting techniques, or choose a semi-dwarf or dwarf fruit tree.

When Should Sweetheart Sweet Cherry Trees be Planted?

Bareroot cherry trees are best planted in the spring but container-grown cherry trees can be successfully transplanted all throughout the growing season as long as the ground isn't frozen and they are carefully watered as needed. Check for first and last frost dates for your area with your local County Extension Office.

How Do I Find Sweetheart Cherry Trees for Sale Near Me?

Make your life easier and your yard happier by shopping for cherry trees at NatureHills.com online fruit tree nursery. You'll find a massive selection of fruit trees for sale, including many lovely cherry tree varieties!

Choose the right tree for your area by first finding your growing zone by entering your zip code in the field above the Plant Highlights section on our product pages. Narrow down your options by plant hardiness zone, sun availability, and size requirements.

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Expect to receive your plants at the appropriate planting time for your growing zone when temperatures are safest.

What shipping options do you offer?

NatureHills.com works closely with our growers and nursery professionals to ensure we ship when it is most appropriate for your area. Our goal is to deliver the hardiest plants by avoiding extreme high and low temperatures. Check out our shipping schedule for more information and to learn our wills and won's when it comes to shipping plants. Find your Sweetheart Sweet Cherry Tree for Sale for sale here at NatureHills.com!

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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.

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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
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 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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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 Sweet Cherry Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-8
Growing Zones 5-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Prunus avium 'Sweetheart'
Type Deciduous
Size Full Size
Mature Height 30 - 35 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Foliage Color Glossy Bright Green
Fall Color Orange
Harvest Time Late Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 years
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant Yes