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Summer Sun

Summer Sun

Summer Sun is a modern English dark red cherry variety with firm crisp flesh and a good flavor. It is one of the best cherry varieties for the UK, being a reliable cropper even if the summer weather is indifferent.

Prunus avium

Summer Sun cherry trees for sale

  • 11-year maiden bare-root tree 33.45
    Gisela 5 rootstock
    Small size (2m-2.5m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • 21-year maiden bare-root tree 33.45
    Colt rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
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How to grow

Summer Sun is not fully self-fertile, although it will usually set a crop on its own - however you will get better results if there is another compatible variety nearby such as Stella or Van or Lapins. Summer Sun is itself a good pollinator of other cherry varieties.

Summer Sun grows with a compact spreading habit - if you select the Gisela 5 rootstock it makes a good choice for smaller gardens.


Developed in the 1960s at the John Innes research institute, Norfolk UK.

Summer Sun characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersGood
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Picking seasonMid
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping1-3 days
  • Useful forEating fresh
  • Disease resistanceGood
  • Climate typeTemperate climates
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Fruit colourRed
  • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit