A modern pear cultivar selected for flavor and fireblight resistance.
Sweetheart Cherry on Mahaleb (Spring 2023)
Also known as 13S-22-8.
Sweetheart™ is a reliable, self-fertile sweet cherry. The tree is medium vigor, spreading, precocious, and very productive. It will need diligent annual pruning to keep it under control. The only stand-out difficulty with this tree is a pronounced susceptibility to bacterial canker, which it has inherited from Van, one of its parents. Growers in cool, wet climates in particular should take extra care with cultural practices such as the removal of diseased tissue. Sweetheart™ does show good resistance to brown rot.
Ripening around 20 days after Bing, Sweetheart™ comes at the very end of sweet-cherry season. It ripens unevenly, which is great for home gardeners because it means they can relax and enjoy their cherries without dealing with a sudden glut. The fruit is, as its name suggests, heart shaped and bright red. It is firm and has a rich flavor that receives high scores in taste trials. This is a perfect backyard sweet cherry and it can also be used as a pollenizer.
Fruit Uses & Storage
Uses: fresh eating, jam, baking, canning, freezing, jelly
Storage duration: less than one month (approximate, depending on storage conditions)
Skin color: red
Flesh color: red
Parentage: Van x Newstar
Origin: Summerland, British Columbia
Introduced in: 1993
Introduced by: W.D. Lang and R.A. MacDonald
Calendar & Geography
Tree Height & Spacing
Diseases & Pests
Is it self-fertile? Y
Is it fertile? Y
Rootstock size class: Half-Standard (60% of Standard)
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