- Position: full sun
- Soil: deep, moist but well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Ultimate size on Gisela 5 rootstock: 3 x 3m (10x10ft)
- Flowering period: April to May
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A vigorous tree, which is upright at first but later spreading as it matures. The white flowers appear in mid-spring and these are followed by very large, near-black cherries (darker than Stella) from mid July. It is a popular, self-fertile, sweet cherry - and the large fruit have a gorgeous flavour. The plants we sell in a 10lt pot are around 1.2 - 1.5m tall and 2 years old at the moment and will usually start to produce fruit in their third or fourth year.
- Garden care: When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly. Lightly prune in summer to retain The shape and cut back any dead, diseased or branches which cross to healthy wood.
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Q:Hi, I'm thinking of buying your cherry 'Sunburst' but we will be moving in a year or two. Will it be OK to replant it then, or can I keep it in a pot until then?Asked on 8/21/2013 by kitchengardener from London
I think it would be best to keep it in a pot if you are going to be moving in a year or two as you may do more damage trying to dig it up and move it, but just make sure that it is in a big pot, and keep it well watered and fed.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 8/22/2013 by Georgina from Crocus
Q:Cambridge Greengage, and Cherry Sunburst,- size etc. please
Dear sirs I want to buy your Cambridge Greengage. The website says that it will be supplied in a 10 litre pot but that doesn't tell me how tall the plant is likely to be, how old it is, and how long before I can expect fruit. Please can you advice before I place my order. Many thanks for your assistanceAsked on 4/12/2010 by Perry Lay
A:Thanks for the prompt response, Helen. Would this be the same for Cherry Sunburst? RegardsAnswered on 4/13/2010 by Perry Lay
A:Hello There, They are sold in 10lt pots and will be around 2 years old and 1.2 - 1.5 m tall. As a very general rule greengages do not start producing fruit until they are around 3 - 4 years old so you will need to wait a year or two. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 4/13/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
A:Hello again, Yes, they are roughly the same. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 4/14/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Cherry 'Sunburst' Gisele 5 - How close to the house can I plant it?
Hi, I was hoping you could help me please. I'd like to plant a Cherry 'Sunburst' Gisele 5 in my front garden but the spot I have for it is only about 1 metre away from my house. Do I need to be worried about the roots being too close to the house and foundations? Look forward to hearing from you, JoanneAsked on 4/7/2010 by Alistair & Jo
A:Hello again Joanne, As the Gisela 5 will produce a tree around 3m tall and wide eventually, I would suggest planting it at least 2 - 2.5m away from the building. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 4/7/2010 by Alistair & Jo
A:How far away would you suggest is the minimum? Thanks, JoAnswered on 4/7/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
A:Hello Joanne, Ideally you should move it a little further away from the house, especially if you have a heavy soil. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 4/8/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
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