Sweetheart Cherry Tree

The Sweetheart cherry is a large, bright red heart-shaped cherry with excellent flavor. The heart shape fruit comes from one of the parent varieties the popular Van cherry. Sweetheart cherry has large showy clusters of white spring blooms followed by the big harvests of large size, juicy, sweet cherries without the need of another pollinating variety planted nearby. They're great fresh off the tree, canned, frozen or dried.

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USDA ZONES: 5-9 Outdoors
 
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Sweetheart Cherry Tree is self-fertile, but the fruit crop will be larger if the tree is planted with a second tree.

Description

Prunus avium 'Sweetheart'

The Sweetheart Cherry is one of the newest self-fruitful cherries from the most successful cherry breeding program in the world, the Summerland Research Station in British Columbia, Canada. Officially released in 1994, the Sweetheart cherry is a large, bright red heart-shaped cherry with excellent flavor. The heart shape fruit comes from one of the parent varieties the popular Van cherry. A heavy producer at a young age the Sweetheart Cherry actually requires pruning to keep the tree from breaking limbs from its excessive production. A universal pollinator for most sweet cherries, plant with your favorite varieties and enjoy cherries across the entire cherry season. For instance plant the Black Tartarian or Black Republican as early ripening varieties then a Rainier or Bing as a mid season selection and finish the season with the Sweetheart Cherry. Also proving to be more cold hardy than most sweet cherries, try this one in a more protected location in zone 5. You'll enjoy fresh cherries for a full 1 1/2 months in the spring and early summer. Sweetheart cherry also has large showy clusters of white spring blooms followed by the big harvests of large size, juicy, sweet cherries without the need of another pollinating variety planted nearby. They're great fresh off the tree, canned, frozen or dried.

Characteristics
Fruit Color:
Red
Ripens:
July - July
Sun/Shade:
Full Sun
Water Needs:
regular water
Soil Type:
well-draining
Soil pH Level:
pH of 6.5
Tree Size:

20-30 feet in height with a 20' spread but can be kept under 10 feet with summer pruning

Years to Bear:
3
Pollination:
Self Pollinating
Bloom Color:
Cold Hardy:
N/A
Primary USDA Zone Range:
5 - 9
Secondary USDA Zone Range:
N/A
Chill Hours:
800 - 900
Size & Spacing

20-30 feet in height with a 20' spread but can be kept under 10 feet with summer pruning

8 to 10 Feet on Center, can be held to any size with summer pruning

Planting & Care

Cherries grow best in full sun in a location with at least 8 hours of direct sun favoring the morning sun. Choose a location with good air drainage where cold air or frost will not settle. Choose a protected location that is sheltered from wind. Water regularly, at least weekly, during the first year. Keep the soil evenly moist but not wet. Cherries prefer well-drained soil. If poor drainage is suspected mound or build a raised bed 12 to 18 inches high and 3 to 4 feet wide. Mulching helps retain moisture and stabilize the soil temperature. When harvesting cherries, pick them with the stems attached, and avoid tearing off the fruit spur that will produce fruit year after year.

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