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  • Eventual height: 3.5m
  • Eventual spread: 3.5m

cherry 'Summer Sun'

cherry Summer Sun

5 year guarantee RHS award of garden merit Perfect for pollinators
bare root Colt £39.99

This plant is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: deep, moist but well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Ultimate size on Colt rootstock: 3.5 x 3.5m (10x10ft)
  • Flowering period: April to May
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    'Summer Sun' is a great cherry for colder areas of the UK with large crops of tasty dark red fruits in July that have an excellent firmness when ripe. A holder of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), 'Summer Sun' is noted for its flavour, reliability, and compact habit. It's not technically self-fertile, but in practice can be considered partially self-fertile. It will however produce a bigger crop if it is planted near (and therefore cross-pollinated by) ‘Stella’, ‘Van’ or ‘Lapins’ - and it is itself a very good pollinator of other cherries.

  • Garden care: When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly. Stone fruits like the plum should be pruned in the summer because they are prone to a disease called silver leaf which enters through cuts. If you prune in late summer, the sap is slowing but is still running fast enough to seal up any wounds. Check and remove any damaged, diseased or broken branches.