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Amber Heart cherry trees

Prunus avium
Amber Heart

Amber Heart, or Kent Bigarreau as it is also widely known, is probably the most commercially important English "white" cherry. It has a pleasant and traditional flavour, noticeably different to modern cherries.

As its alternative name suggests, this variety was the mainstay of Kent cherry orchards during the first half of the 20th century.

"White" cherries are so-named because of their pale white-yellow flesh. The skin colour is usually golden yellow overlaid with orange and red.

Amber Heart cherry trees for sale

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree F12/1 rootstock £21.95
    Very large tree (4m-7m after 10 years)

How to grow

Amber Heart is not self-fertile, but can be pollinated by any of the modern self-fertile varieties - Stella or Sunburst for example.

Although commercially successful in its time, it has been replaced by newer varieties which are less prone to the fruit-cracking and canker problems.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Amber Heart characteristics

Using

  • CroppingGood
  • Picking seasonMid
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-3 days
  • Food usesEating fresh

Growing

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group4
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • VigourVigorous

Problems

  • Fruit splittingSome susceptibility
  • Disease resistancePoor
  • CankerVery susceptible

Climate

  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climates
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)

Identification

  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Fruit colourYellow / Red