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Sylvia cherry trees

Prunus avium
Sylvia is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Mid
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
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 £57.75
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
    Please try next season
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
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesWarm climates


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


  • Disease resistanceAverage


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