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.

Early Rivers cherry trees for sale

Sorry we have not been able to produce any trees of this variety this season.

We may still be able to propagate it to order for you. Please contact us for more details.

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
  • Planting position: Full sun preferred

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'