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Sylvia cherry trees

Prunus avium
Sylvia is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
Sylvia produces large dark red sweet cherries, ripening in the middle of the cherry season. It is a naturally small tree and grows with a columnar form, useful if space is limited.

Sylvia cherry trees for sale


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

  • PG12-year bush-trained 12L pot-grown tree Colt rootstock £51.50
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
Next deliveries

Pre-order now for delivery from September onwards for pot grown trees or December for bare-root trees and mixed orders.

Delivery charges

Delivery for a single tree starts at £9.95. It is calculated when you add trees to your basket, based on your postcode.

Sylvia is a typical modern dessert cherry, producing good crops of large sweet dark red cherries. The cherries ripen the middle of the cherry season - usually July.

Sylvia has relatively closely-spaced buds, which means the foliage appears quite dense - this may help to reduce the likelihood of fruit splitting if there is a lot of rain in June and July.


How to grow

Sylvia is a naturally small tree and grows with a columnar form, useful if space is limited. The mature tree is likely to be noticeably smaller than other cherry varieties on the same rootstock.

Sylvia is not self-fertile, and needs another compatible cherry tree nearby to pollinate it - try Stella, Sunburst, or Skeena.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.


Sylvia was developed by the famous Summerland research station in Canada, and released in 1988. It is a cross between two other sweet cherries, Van and Sam.

Sylvia characteristics


  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group4
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Universal pollinatorNo
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesWarm climates
  • WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators


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


  • Disease resistanceAverage
  • Fruit splittingSome resistance


  • Country of originCanada
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Flesh colourDark red
  • Fruit colourRed - dark

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