Sam Sweet Cherry

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Large, early-ripening fruit! Highly productive tree bears dark red, almost black, fruit with excellent flavor. Enjoy fresh or extend the cherry season by canning and freezing your harvest. Crack resistant. Blooms late to avoid late spring frost. Ripens in June. Best pollinator: any other sweet cherry variety. See Recommended Pollinators below.

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Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Mid
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Ripens/Harvest June
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 4 - 7
Zone Range 5 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 9
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 15 - 18' tall x 15 - 18' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 15 - 18' apart to ensure room for growth.


This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant one of these varieties within 50' for best pollination.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow cherry trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

Shipping Information

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Zone compatibility
John S on Apr 25, 2021
Figured I'd give cherry trees a shot in my yard.
Ricardo M on Apr 5, 2021
Zone compatibility
John S on Apr 25, 2021
Later blooming
Barbara K on Apr 23, 2021
Figured I'd give cherry trees a shot in my yard.
Ricardo M on Apr 5, 2021
It looks a lot like my favorite cherry Bing. I hope it is as tasty.
Julie P on Apr 2, 2021
You tube video showed how well they grow in this area.
JOYCE D on Apr 1, 2021
It is supposed to grow in Zone 9B. The size is perfect for the perimeter of our orchard.
Gary G on Jan 21, 2021
I was looking for a zone 9 cherry tree
Elizabeth C on Jan 6, 2021
Perfect for my gout
Michael R on Dec 4, 2020
It is a Pollinator for the Rainer Cherry and also has my Daughters name... Sam :)
Jill R on Nov 4, 2020
Paul K on Oct 21, 2020
I love cherries.
Esther R on Jul 1, 2020
I have always wanted a cherry tree. Living in Florida. I really hope this tree produces cherries.
cereta g on Jun 28, 2020
Fruit is what I was looking for
Fred on Jun 26, 2020
Love cherries! I already have a Montmorency Pie Cherry tree so I wanted two sweet cherry trees. I also ordered the Emp. Francis Sweet Cherry.
Tammi S on Jun 24, 2020
I hope I can use this to pollinate my Bing cherry.
Larraine P on Jun 22, 2020
This is a Polinator for the Rainer Cherry tree
Jill R on Apr 21, 2020
Love the taste
Lynette C on Oct 12, 2019
Later blooming
Barbara K on Apr 23, 2021
It looks a lot like my favorite cherry Bing. I hope it is as tasty.
Julie P on Apr 2, 2021
How many chill hours does this one need?
goldyhands on Oct 30, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It is difficult to find a consensus, but the average number of chill hours cited for Sam Sweet Cherry is 800 hours.
Where can you get 800 Chill Hours in zone 9 as you have said is needed?
Larry342516 on Nov 19, 2020
Will a Lapins Sweet Cherry serve to pollinate this tree?
A Consumer on Sep 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will. They bloom at the same time.
Can this be grown in a planter or container?
N D on Apr 17, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Yes. Most people choose to grow fruit trees in containers for easy mobility. For this purpose, the ideal container size is about 10-15 gallons ??? substantial enough to support a tree, but small enough to move easily.
Do I need to place a bare root cherry in a pot and harden off before planting?
Elizabeth C on Jan 6, 2021
BEST ANSWER: No, bare root trees are shipped dormant and can be planted directly in to the ground.
I live in Zone 9 what pollinator can I use for Sam Sweet Cherrry?
Nicole N on Jun 21, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. The pollination rule for cherries is that any sweet cherry will pollinate another sweet cherry. So your options are open, just read up on all the varieties and choose one that best works for you.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Would two (same variety) Sam Sweet Cherries pollinate each other and bear fruit, or needs to be two different variety Cherry Trees ?
Theodor Stoian on Apr 23, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. In order for your cherry tree to bear fruit it will need another variety of sweet cherry for ppollination.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
What month should I plant Sam Sweet Cherries? Right now its October in Houston, Texas. Can I buy and plant now?
Danielle D on Oct 23, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Because weather and soil conditions vary so much from year to year and even within your zone, it's best to think of your planting time as a range of favorable conditions instead of an exact time.

You can plant new plants and trees: 1) when the ground is not frozen, 2) when daytime temperatures are above freezing (32??F) and below 90??F, and 3) when extreme weather (blizzard, hail, torrential rain, etc.) is not in the forecast. Be sure to keep plants watered if you're transplanting in warm and/or dry weather.
Do you guys stock orange or lemon trees that can be grown in Zone 9?
Bubba on Apr 29, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, we do. This is a Calamondin Orange, which is a kumquat/orange cross: // and here is a Meyer lemon tree:

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I ordered the supreme semi-dwarf and received it yesterday. Great root system, trunk probably close to an inch and a half, little over 5 feet tall and it has tiny buds! I am extremely pleased! I have bought a good number of trees (20 +) from them this year for my new property and they have arrived in great shape.
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