Dwarf cherry tree we love the most is Prunus avium 'Sylvia'.
Cherry Fruit contains Antioxidant; and it is always good to have some; as and when you need it.
In the year 2011; in the winter months I was searching up and down through every supermarket for the frozen cherries and strawberries; for my special diet.
I could not find any good quality frozen fruits any where. And the only thing I could get was a bottle of sugar free cherry jam.
I thought if I have home grown cherries; then I can have qualities fruits.
Moreover; I can eat fresh from the tree; when they are in season. I can make jam from it; I can juice it; I can dry it for fruit tea; I can use it to make biscuits and cakes; and I can use it for topping.
There are several types of cherries you can grow in a small garden.
You can try a deep red patio self-fertile dwarf Prunus cerasus 'Morel'; if you love sour cherries.
Prunus avium 'Bigarreau Napoleon' produces small cherries with mix of yellow and red colours. But it needs a partner to bare cherry fruits.
You can consider to plant different sizes of Cherry trees to fit your garden space.
Being a third time organic cherry fruits grower; this time I am looking forward for an easy managing tree.
We finally found an one meter tall; prune free; Prunus avium 'sylvia' cherry tree (above picture 1&2), on 16th November 2013 (day 1).
Prunus avium 'Sylvia' is self-fertile. Harvesting from June. It produces dark red to black cherries. Its fruits are in medium size; juicy; full of aroma; and sweet. They are Black bird's beloved.
The first thing I knew was; the top of the cherry tree was below my eye level. And I have 100% confidence to manage it all by myself.
1. Use a brush to clean the tree with rain water.
2. Select a sunny location in your garden. Ours is located at the center of the garden; next to the Opal plum tree.
3. Dig a hole as deep and as wide as the original size of the roots (picture 3).
4. Pour plentiful of rain water in the hole.
5. Remove the tree from the container; and insert it into the cool ground on the vary day (picture 4).
*On 25-11-2013 (day 9) the tree is receiving autumn afternoon sunlight; and some leaves had changed to yellow colour (picture 5).
*On 2-12-2013 (day 16) all leaves were in yellow and some leaves dropped (picture 6).
*On 6-12-2013 (day 20) the tree experienced snow (picture 7).
Clean the tree with rain water on a frost free sunny day.
*On 13-1-2014 (day 58) the tree starting to sprout (picture 8).
*On 21-2-2014 (day 97) the first year cherry tree is preparing to perform (picture 9).
*On 15-3-2014 (day 119) the top of the cherry tree turned green (picture 10).
*On 22-3-2014 (day 126) all the fruit buds turned green (picture 11).
*On 1-4-2014 (day 136) brown Aphids attacked (picture 12).
*On 15-5-2014 (day 180) the tree top leaves were occupied with all kinds of insects pests (picture 13). And the half beneficial insect came to help.
*The whole dwarf cherry tree (picture 14) stayed well throughout the growing season.
Results: No flowers and no fruits; only leaves, but attractive.
Discovery: Although the cherry tree had attracted many insects pests throughout the whole growing season. However; the tree was not infested. Because there were plentiful of beneficial insects came to help.
*On 21-11-2014 all leaves dropped (picture 15).
*On 27-12-2014 the tree experienced winter snow (picture 16).
*On 24-1-2015 the dwarf cherry tree experienced snow again (picture 17).
Clean the cherry tree with rain water on a frost free sunny day.
*On 23-3-2015 the buds were showing up (picture 18).
*On 6-4-2015 the buds were enlarged (picture 19).
*On 9-4-2015 one of the bud started to open (picture 20).
*On 10-4-2015 one of the bud was opening up (picture 21) and came 3 flower buds (picture 22).
*On 13-4-2015 showed many more flower buds were coming up (picture 23).
*On 14-4-2015 the upper part of the tree was fully covered with buds (picture 24).
*On 16-4-2015 the long stem flower buds appeared (picture 25).
Every flower carries a fruit!
*On 17-4-2015 some leaves appeared (picture 26).
*On 19-4-2015 white flowers appeared (picture 27).
*On 25-4-2015 showing plentiful of wide opened white flowers and leaves (picture 28).
*On 27-4-2015 the Ant insects came for the nectar (picture 29).
*On 28-4-2015 the green cherry fruit appeared (picture 30).
*On 1-5-2015 whole tree shinning under the sun (picture 31).
*On 7-5-2015 flowers dried up and push up the cherry fruit (picture 32).
*On 8-5-2015 showed a healthy tree (picture 33).
*On 10-5-2015 showed 3 long stem young green cherries (picture 34).
*On 11-5-2015 showed more cherries (picture 35).
*On 14-5-2015 all cherries were hide under the leaves (picture 36).
*On 17-5-2015 showed one cherry had grown bigger (picture 37).
*On 28-5-2015 showed one of the cherry changed to yellow colour and with pink highlight (picture 38).
*On 8-6-2015 showing one orange and three yellow cherries (picture 39).
*On 12-6-2015 more red cherries appeared (picture 40).
If your place has black birds; you have to start covering the cherries before they are ripe; otherwise; the cherries would be gone before you notice.
*On 17-6-2015 the cherries were protected (picture 41).
*On 24-6-2015 the cherries colour changed to dark red (picture 42); and we have harvested 11 on the same day (picture 43).
*On 27-6-2015 harvested the last 2 cherries (picture 44).
After harvest; the cherry tree stayed green until autumn arrived; thereafter all leaves drop; then followed by the winter sleep.
This dwarf cherry tree is very easy to manage!