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‘Valentine’ Dwarf Sour Cherry


Valentine is the only bright red in the Romance Series!. It is a preferred variety for drying as fruit maintain their red colour, but also suitable for fresh eating and processing. High yielding as plants a generally larger than others in the series. #2 potted available.

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Valentine is the only bright red in the Romance Series of Dwarf Sour Cherries from the University of Saskatchewan. It is a preferred variety for drying as fruit maintain their red colour, but also suitable for fresh eating and processing. Although sour is in their name, they can be surprisingly sweet when harvested at the right stage of ripeness. High yielding as plants a generally larger than others in the series. Grows well as a bushy shrub instead of pruning into a single-trunked tree.

#2 potted; 3yr old shrubs

Plant Details

Latin: Prunus cerasus x fruitcosa ‘Valentine’

Hardiness Zone: 2 – 7

Height: 8′ – 10′

Spread: 4′ – 8′

Suckering: Low

Bloom Time: Spring (TBD)

Ripens: Summer (TBD)

Flower Colour: White

Fruit Colour: Red (see Fruit Colour Chart)

Foliage Colour: Green

Light Requirements: Full Sun

Soil Requirements:


  • Edible Fruits
  • Easy to pick fruits
  • Self-pollinating
  • Ornamental Flowers
  • Shrub/hedge forming (Not tree)
  • Extremely cold hardy

Special Considerations: Dwarf Sour Cherries should be grown as shrubs, not trees. Once ripe, fruit can be harvested by shaking the bush or by hand. The skins of the fruit tear when harvested from the stem and must be processed relatively quickly to avoid loss. Fruit is also susceptible to Cherry Fruit Fly (maggots) however affected fruit floats on water and can be easily screened out after harvest.


Fruit Colour Chart

Courtesy of the University of Saskatchewan Fruit Program.

Sour Cherry Planting & Pruning

Dwarf sour cherries (DSC) are bushes, not trees! They can be easily maintained as individual shrubs or as a hedgerow planting. For individual plants, plant at least 5′ apart in the landscape. For hedgerow plantings, 3′-5′ between plants and 12′-18′ between rows. Planting at least 1-3″ deeper than the pot is recommended to increase root development. Young plants may be planted horizontally below the surface to induce more suckering.

The majority of pruning should occur in early spring before the buds break dormancy, usually March-April. Damaged or diseased wood can be removed at any time during the season. It is important to never remove more than 25% of the total wood during a single season as it will reduce flowering and yields. These cherries should be regeneratively pruned by removing some of the oldest shoots to the ground every year to allow new shoots to take their place.

DSC buds are typically either vegetative (shoots) or reproductive (flowers/fruits), but never both. Fruit spurs generally live for a couple of seasons and die. After a couple of seasons of fruiting, buds will become clustered towards the ends of the branches leaving most of the branch bare/naked of leaves. Heading back pruning does not work well with these DSC since it may remove most of the buds located near the ends of the branches. It is best to prune back the branch or the entire shoot to allow new growth to regenerate in its place.

Spring Plant Reservations


All Spring Plant Reservations have a 50% minimum deposit required to place orders. An order can also be paid in full.

Orders will be placed based on payment of a deposit or full payment. Deposits (50% of order value) cannot be refunded after April 5th, 2019

Payment can be made by cash, cheque, email money transfer or credit card. Please follow instructions on your invoice.


We strongly recommend ordering before April 5th, 2019 to secure your order. Please note that orders after this date are dependent on available inventory. Some stock may have limited available quantities.

Any bulk orders of 50+ plants will be subject to bulk order pricing. Please contact us for bulk orders.


SPR orders must be picked up May 17-19 from the farm in Krestova. We will send an email confirming the available times for pickup closer to this date. We are unable to deliver to Nelson or Castlegar Garden Festivals due to recent SPR order quantities.


This item is for pick-up only and does not qualify for shipping via Canada Post.


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