Athos cherry trees

  • Pick: Mid-season (late July)
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Self-fertile
  • Uses: Eat fresh 

Athos is a new sweet cherry which is naturally small. It is probably the smallest cherry tree in our range. It is also self-fertile so there is no need to plant another pollinator tree nearby.

It produces heavy crops of dark red cherries with a sweet/tart flavour.

Athos cherry trees for sale

Delivery from 16th April (when showing as in stock)

Mature size*Supplied asPriceQuantity

Pot-grown fruit trees

Medium  (2.5m - 3.5m after 5-10 years)2-year patio-tree - 11.5l pot - own-roots£35.45Sold outalert me

Delivery period: Pot-grown trees can be delivered from September onwards. Bare-root trees can be delivered from mid-November onwards. Within those periods you can specify your preferred month of delivery during the checkout process. It is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. See photos of trees as supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

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Summary features of Athos


  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Vigour: Weak growing?
  • Height after 10 years: 2m-3m / 8ft-10ft
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Growth rate: Slow
  • Overall disease resistance: Average?


Pollination guide for Athos

Athos is in flowering group 3. Athos is self-fertile and does not need a pollination partner, although fruiting may be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby. Since it flowers in the middle of the blossom season it can be pollinated by most other cherry trees.

Important: advice about pollination

How to grow Athos cherry trees

The tree is likely to reach 2m or so after 5-10 years, and it is generally a bit wider than it is tall.

Since it is naturally dwarf we do not use a size-controlling rootstock (such as Gisela 5).

No pruning is required.

Historical details

Athos was developed at the University of Sasketchewan in Canada, as part of a programme aimed at producing new dwarf sweet cherry varieties. Its sibling varieties are Porthos and D'Artagnan - named after the Three Musketeers. One of the parents is Kerr's Easy Pick, which was developed in the 1940s by crossing Mongolian cherries with sour cherries. The intention was to develop a cold-hardy sour cherry for the Canadian climate, but it was noticed that the new variety was also naturally dwarf (by cherry standards).

Botanical name

Prunus avium 'Athos'

UK-grown trees All our trees are grown in the UK.

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