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Celeste cherry trees

Prunus avium

Celeste is a large dark red/black cherry with a small stone and good volume of juicy flesh. The flavour is excellent, very sweet, quite mild, and with a pleasant cherry aftertaste. Probably one of the best early-season cherries.

Unusually amongst cherries, Celeste is naturally compact, making it ideal for small gardens and growing in patio containers. We find that even on the semi-vigorous Colt rootstock it will still remain a fairly small tree, typically reaching 2m-3m.

Celeste cherry trees for sale

Pot-grown

All pot-grown trees are suitable for planting out in the garden, some are suitable for growing in containers.

  • PG12-year bush-trained 11.5L pot-grown tree Gisela 5 rootstock £45.50
    Small tree (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
  • PG22-year bush-trained 12L pot-grown tree Colt rootstock £43.00
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree Gisela 5 rootstock £26.45
    Small tree (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)

History

Celeste was developed by the Summerland research station in British Columbia, Canada, and released in 1990.

 

Celeste characteristics

Using

  • CroppingHeavy
  • Picking seasonEarly
  • Keeping (of fruit)Does not keep
  • Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
  • Flavour qualityVery good
  • Food usesEating fresh

Growing

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Flowering group2
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • VigourWeak growingNatural dwarf
  • PrecocitySlow to start bearing
  • Bearing regularityRegular

Problems

    Climate

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

    Identification

    • Country of originCanada
    • Period of origin1950 - 1999
    • Flower colourWhite
    • Leaf colourGreen
    • Fruit colourRed - dark