Utah Giant Cherry Tree (Prunus avium ‘Utah Giant’)

Utah Giant Cherry Tree

  • Mid-Season
  • 800 Chill Hours
  • Great for Canning and Fresh Eating
  • Popular Commercial Variety
  • Cold Hardy
  • Dark Red, Sweet Flesh
  • Scores High on Taste Tests
  • Consistent Performance
  • Disease Resistant

Who doesn’t love a fresh Sweet Cherry? They taste best when you grow your own. Utah Giant Sweet Cherry (Prunus avium ‘Utah Giant’) is one of the top-performing Sweet Cherry trees for incredible flavor.

The trouble sometimes is by the time the stores get them they get harvested, stored, packaged and shipped all across the country, they do not always taste so great. Why not pick them fresh from your tree and sample that award-winning flavor?

Utah Giant is a mid-season bloomer that will need to cross-pollinate with another Sweet Cherry that blooms at the same time. Some pollinator partners are Lambert, Sweet Ann, Black Tartarian, Stella, and Van Cherry varieties.

By mid-season, you’ll be harvesting those mouth-watering, firm Sweet Cherries! The flesh color is dark red and oh-so-sweet. Just pick right off the tree and enjoy fresh or can them to enjoy later.

How to Use Utah Giant Cherry in the Landscape

Utah Giant is a lovely tree that can be used as a specimen with very tasty fruit. Gorgeous spring blooms and highly ornamental, large, dark red fruit makes a terrific focal point.

Why not participate in the Edible Landscaping trend? Plant one with a pollination partner as a lawn tree on either side of your front walkway.

Use several varieties in an informal grouping in your patio planting. Or, create a luscious hedgerow with many varieties along your fence line.

Utah Giant is grown commercially and the fruit makes great fresh eating. The cherries are also a good canner and keep just beautifully. Enjoy!

Tips for Care

Give Utah Giant a planting site in full sun and well-drained soil. It does best with at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day.

Improve the drainage of your soil by creating a raised bed or mound. Add additional soil to 18 inches high and 3 feet wide. Plant directly in the mound.

Sweet Cherry trees also like to have plenty of air circulation. Don’t plant too close to structures or in low-lying areas that might trap air.

Plant where it will receive the drying power of the morning sun. Overnight dew will quickly dry once the morning sun shines on the foliage.

Give your trees a moderate amount of water on a regular basis. Mulch to a depth of 3 inches and spread to 3 feet outside the canopy. Be sure to allow at least 6 inches of room all around the trunk.

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

Keep your fruit trees under 10 feet tall with annual summer pruning for size control. Any fruiting tree can be kept smaller with regular pruning to make harvest and netting for birds a lot easier.

Utah Giant Cherry Tree (Prunus avium ‘Utah Giant’) Details

Common name Utah Giant Cherry Tree
Botanical name Prunus avium 'Utah Giant'
Hardiness zone 5-9
Growth rate Medium
Harvest time Mid-Season
Height Semi-Dwarf: 12 - 15 ft.
Width 12 - 15 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well-Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Flower color White
Leaf color Deciduous