Cherry Tree 'Summer Sun' - Cordon, 8L Pot
The Summer Sun cherry tree fruits beautiful sweet cherries that range from dark red to nearly black. It flowers in the middle of the blossom season, which means it is compatible with most other cherry trees for pollination. Summer Sun is partially self-fertile, but fruiting will be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby.
- Flower Colour: white
- Foliage Colour: green in spring/summer, red/orange in autumn
- Approx. Growth Height: 4m
- Rootstock: Colt - Semi-Dwarfing
- Comes in a: 8L polypot (not a rigid pot)
- Approx. Height on Arrival: 150-170cm
- Tree is approx. 3 years old with a 1 year old rootstock
- Flowering Period: spring (April - May)
- Harvesting Period: June-August
- Tolerance: frost tolerant, fairly drought tolerant once established
- Growing Habit: bushy
- Uses: eating fresh, cooking, baking
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Self pollinating: yes - (see 'Pollination' section below)
- Exposure: sheltered
- Rate of Growth: max. height in 20-50 years
- Scented: barely
- Wildlife friendly - attracts bees and other pollinating insects
- Light Requirements: full sun
- Soil Requirements: grows in most soils
- Moisture: moist, well-drained, moderately fertile
Caring and Maintenance
Water young trees regularly until roots are well established. Trim annually from mid to late summer. Apply some fertilizer in spring in order to promote healthy growth and a good crop. Optionally, mulch in spring. Check tree ties regularly and loosen any if necessary to avoid rubbing of the stems.
- Planting Distance: 2.4m - 3.6m with 4.5m between rows
Suited to almost all well-drained and moderately fertile soils with pH between 6.5 and 7.5 in a sheltered, full sun or partial shade location.
Before planting your tree, clean up all wandering weeds and keep a clean ring around the tree base. Water well during the first year until well established.
Autumn is the best season for planting fruiting trees, as the soil moisture and heat allow easier and faster root establishment and regeneration of damaged root systems.
- Pollination Group: 4 (Self-fertilising)
Fruit trees will only produce fruit if their flowers have been pollinated. This is usually done by flying insects such as honey bees, bumblebees, flies, wasps etc. This tree is self-pollinating; it produces compatible flowers that can pollinate each other. However, even self-fertile varieties tend to crop better when another cultivar is planted nearby for pollination. Although this is not necessary to produce fruit, it will offer improved crops. The two trees will have to be near each other for the pollination process to be successful. The general consensus is that the two trees should be within 18m (55ft) of each other. To make things a bit easier fruit trees are categorised into different pollination groups. Just remember that the fruit must be of the same species but of a different variety; only a cherry tree can pollinate another cherry tree. However, if you buy two 'Summer Sun' trees they will not offer each other any of the additional benefits of cross pollination.
The pollination groups are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, according to flowering time. Best results will be obtained if one variety is planted near another cherry tree of the same group. In the UK, because of our longer spring, you can also choose a partner from a group on either side (so an ideal pollination partner for group 4 would be one in group 3, 4 or 5).
Fruit Tree Rootstocks
Fruit trees are generally budded or grafted onto a rootstock by the nursery, this means the roots of the tree are a different plant to the trunk, branches and fruit. Effectively sticking two plants together, one that has good roots and one that has good fruit, ensures that you get what you pay for. Plants raised from seed will vary from the parent plants and there will be a wide variation in the size or shape of a tree and the quality and quantity of fruit it produces. Another result of budding and grafting a variety onto selected rootstocks is the ability to control the size of the tree to a certain degree. However, the size that a fruit tree ultimately grows to is dependent on a number of factors:
Some varieties of tree are naturally more vigorous than others, so this will affect how much they grow each year. For instance a Bramley Apple seedling will naturally grow bigger than a Coxís Orange Pippin Apple seedling. The correct pruning will also help to control the size of tree, as well as encouraging it to produce flower buds from which fruit develop.
- The fruit variety ( i.e. Apple Braeburn)
- How itís pruned
- Soil type
- Its rootstock
This is an example of our polypot - note the fruit/ornamental trees we stock will vary in appearance according to species and season.