Lambert Sweet Cherry Tree (Prunus avium ‘Lambert’)

Lambert Sweet Cherry Tree

  • Late Season
  • 800 Chill Hours
  • Nearly Black, Heart-Shaped Fruit
  • Bright, Rich Flavor
  • Extremely Productive and Reliable
  • Popular for Commercial Production, Easily Grown at Home
  • Wonderful Heirloom Variety for the Pacific Northwest

One of the most dependable and productive Sweet Cherries, Lambert (Prunus avium ‘Lambert’) is a wonderful addition to the home garden. You’ll love the look—and the taste—of these large, firm cherries.

Deep, dark red, and heart-shaped, Lambert are excellent fresh eating sweet cherries. Capture the incredible taste by canning them for use later in the year.

This beloved variety has been grown and enjoyed for 150 years. Get your hands on this special selection.

How to Use Lambert Sweet Cherry Tree in the Landscape

All across the country, homeowners are re-discovering the earthy pleasure of growing fruiting plants in their landscape. Edible landscaping is a long-lasting trend that makes the most of your soil and sunshine.

Lambert Sweet Cherry is a pretty tree in its own right. With lovely spring blooms and the knockout, deep, dark fruit set, you’ll always have something to study and appreciate.

Trust us, you might even find yourself getting giddy with anticipation of your annual crop! There are a million ways to get the most from a sweet cherry. Pies, preserves, fruit leather, as a healthy sweetener in sauces and fresh from the tree, of course.

Plant a group of 2 or 3 varieties that will pollinate each other and extend the harvest season. Van, Black Tartarian, and Rainier will all work to pollinate Lambert.

Please note that neither Bing Cherry, nor Royal Ann Cherry will pollinate Lambert.

Tips for Care

Plant your Lambert in full sun and well-drained soil. It should thrive with at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day. The more sun, the better!

If you need to improve the drainage of your soil, create a raised bed or mound. Add additional soil to 18 inches high and 3 feet wide. You’ll plant directly in that mound.

Ensure that the planting site has plenty of air circulation for the best results. Don’t plant too close to structures or in low-lying areas that might trap air.

Morning sun will quickly dry off the overnight dew. The drying power of the morning sun keeps your plants healthy.

Provide a moderate amount of water on a regular basis. Mulch to a depth of 3 inches and spread to 3 feet outside the canopy.

Sculpt your fruit trees with horizontal or 45 degree angled scaffolding branches. Careful management will improve the health and productivity of your tree.

Summer prune your Cherry trees to keep them under 10 feet tall. This is called size control pruning, and it makes harvest and netting for birds a lot easier.

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You’ll love the rich, sparkling taste of homegrown Lambert Sweet Cherries.

Lambert Sweet Cherry Tree (Prunus avium ‘Lambert’) Details

Common name Lambert Sweet Cherry Tree
Botanical name Prunus avium 'Lambert'
Hardiness zone 5-7
Growth rate Medium
Harvest time Summer
Height 15 - 18 ft.
Width 12 - 15 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Flower color White
Leaf color Deciduous