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Amber Heart

Amber Heart

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-year maiden bare-root tree 33.45
    F12/1 rootstock
    Full size size (4.5m-6m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
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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Although commercially successful in its time, it has been replaced by newer varieties which are less prone to the fruit-cracking and canker problems.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

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group4
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Picking seasonMid
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping1-3 days
  • Useful forEating fresh
  • Disease resistancePoor
  • CankerVery susceptible
  • Fruit splittingSome susceptibility
  • Climate typeTemperate climates
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Fruit colourYellow / Red