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Amber Heart

Amber Heart
  • Picking season: Mid
  • Country of origin: United Kingdom
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile

Amber Heart, or Kent Bigarreau as it is also widely known, is probably the most commercially important English "white" cherry. It has a pleasant and traditional flavour, noticeably different to modern cherries.

As its alternative name suggests, this variety was the mainstay of Kent cherry orchards during the first half of the 20th century.

"White" cherries are so-named because of their pale white-yellow flesh. The skin colour is usually golden yellow overlaid with orange and red.

Prunus avium

Amber Heart cherry trees for sale

  • 1.1-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    F12/1 rootstock
    Full size size (4.5m-6m after 10 years)


How to grow

Amber Heart is not self-fertile, but can be pollinated by any of the modern self-fertile varieties - Stella or Sunburst for example.

Although commercially successful in its time, it has been replaced by newer varieties which are less prone to the fruit-cracking and canker problems.



Amber Heart characteristics

  • Using

    • Picking period (southern UK):early July
    • Picking season:Mid
    • Cropping:Good
    • Keeping (of fruit):1-3 days
    • Food uses:Eating fresh
  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Average
    • Self-fertility:Not self-fertile
    • Flowering group:4
    • Pollinating others:Average
    • Ploidy:Diploid
    • Vigour:Vigorous
  • Problems

    • Disease resistance:Poor
    • Canker:Very susceptible
  • Climate

    • Climate suitability:Temperate climates
    • Summer average maximum temperatures:Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F), Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F)
  • Identification

    • Country of origin:United Kingdom
    • Period of origin:1900 - 1949
    • Fruit colour:Yellow / Red