Summer Sun cherry trees

Summer Sun cherry tree
  • Best seller
  • Pick: Mid-season (late July)
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Uses: Eat fresh 
  • Disease-resistance: Good
  • Pollination partners
RHS AGM for Summer Sun

Summer Sun is an excellent modern English dark red cherry variety with firm-soft flesh and a good flavour.

It is one of the best cherry varieties for the UK climate, being a consistently heavy and reliable cropper even if the summer weather is indifferent.

Summer Sun cherry trees for sale

Delivery from week commmencing 6th April (when showing as in stock)

Mature size*Supplied asPriceQuantity

Pot-grown fruit trees

Medium  (2.5m - 3m after 5-10 years)2-year patio-tree - 11.5l pot - Gisela 5 rootstock £35.45Sold outalert me
Large  (3.5m - 4.5m after 5-10 years)2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - Colt rootstock £35.45Sold outalert me
Large  (3.5m - 4.5m after 5-10 years)Half-standard premium - 12l pot - Colt rootstock £38.45Sold outalert me

Bare-root fruit trees

Medium  (2.5m - 3m after 5-10 years)1-year - bare-root - Gisela 5 rootstock £19.45Sold outalert me
Large  (3.5m - 4.5m after 5-10 years)1-year - bare-root - Colt rootstock £19.45Sold outalert me
Large  (3.5m - 4.5m after 5-10 years)2-year bush-trained - bare-root - Colt rootstock £28.45Sold outalert me
Large  (3.5m - 4.5m after 5-10 years)Half-standard - bare-root - Colt rootstock £30.95Sold outalert me

Trained fruit trees - pot-grown

Large  (3.5m - 4.5m after 5-10 years)Fan -12l pot - Colt rootstock £56.95Enquire

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 Summer Sun


  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?



  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colour: Red
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Best sellers?


  • Frost resistance: Good resistance?
  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters
  • UK Zone 2 - Northern UK: Yes
  • UK Zone 3 - Southern UK: Yes
  • Planting position: Full sun preferred

Pollination guide for Summer Sun

Summer Sun is in flowering group 3. Summer Sun is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another 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.

How to grow Summer Sun cherry trees

Summer Sun is not technically self-fertile, but in practice can be considered self-fertile or at least partially self-fertile. It can be pollinated by Stella or Van or Lapins. Summer Sun is itself a very good pollinator of other cherry varieties. The blossom of Summer Sun is also quite resistant to frost damage, helping it to set a crop even in a difficult spring.

Summer Sun grows with a compact spreading habit - if you select the Gisela 5 rootstock it makes a good choice for smaller gardens.

Historical details

Summer Sun was developed in the 1960s at the John Innes Centre, Norfolk UK. It was not originally considered to have any commercial value, and was not even registered for royalty purposes. A trial tree growing at the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale was considered to be only a light cropper - until a keen-eyed researcher realised this was because the tree was on the end of a row, and not properly covered by the anti-bird net which protected the other trees. It was then taken on by the Frank P. Matthews nursery in the west Midlands, who found it to be one of the best cropping mid-season cherries then available. It also proved to be precocious (cropping from an early age) and the blossom was quite resistant to spring frost damage. In short, after a false start it went on to establish itself as one of the best-adapted dessert cherries for the UK climate.

The John Innes insititute was also involved in the very early work on self-fertile cherries in the 1940s - but Summer Sun was not part of that project. It is sometimes reported as being self-fertile, but this is most likely because it can set a crop even in a difficult spring when other varieties might fail.

Botanical name

Prunus avium 'Summer Sun'

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

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