Early Rivers cherry trees

Early Rivers cherry tree
  • Pick: Very early-season
  • Flowering group: 1
  • Uses: Eat fresh 

Early Rivers is a traditional English dark red cherry variety, raised by the famous Rivers Nursery in Hertfordshire in the 1860s.

The flavour is very good, and this is one of the earliest cherries available, ripening in early June in the south of England.

Deliveries start December 2015.

Early Rivers cherry trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Large  (3.5m - 4.5m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - Colt rootstock €23.90 Sold outalert me

Delivery period: Trees are delivered between November and March. However it is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you. If you live in an area with very cold winters please let us know so that we can scheduled delivery for early spring.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

Summary features of Early Rivers


  • Gardening skill: Some needed
    Fairly straightforward as long as you have another early-flowering pollinator.?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 1?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Large?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Canker: Some susceptibility?
  • Leaf spot: Some resistance
  • Fruit splitting: Some resistance?



  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
  • Fruit colour: Red - dark
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Rarely grown?


  • Temperate climates

Pollination guide for Early Rivers

Early Rivers is in flowering group 1. Early Rivers is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow Early Rivers cherry trees

Early Rivers is a useful variety because it is very early ripening. However it flowers early and needs another compatible early-flowering variety to pollinate it. Merton Glory is a good choice.

Historical details

Rivers Nursery, Hertfordshire, 1860s.

Botanical name

Prunus avium 'Early Rivers'