Van Cherry Tree (Prunus avium ‘Van’)

Van Cherry Tree

  • Large, Red-Black Sweet Fruit
  • Intense Cherry Flavor!
  • Crack-Resistant
  • Gorgeous White Blooms
  • Large Sized & Adaptive to Pruning
  • Lush Green Foliage & Great Shaped Tree!
  • Cold Hardy
  • Abundant Producer
  • Late-Midseason Harvest
  • Jellies, Jams, Pies, Preserves, Freeze & Fresh Eating!
  • Recommended pollinators: Rainier, Stella & Black Tartarian
  • Great Pollinator to Other Cherry Varieties
  • 700 Chill Hours

Our Van Cherry Tree (Prunus avium ‘Van’) has a well-deserved reputation as one of the finest cherries for the home grower. It’s among the cold hardiest of sweet cherries varieties and comes with loads of striking ornamental features!

Van provides a beautiful display each early spring when it becomes weighed down in clusters of lovely snow-white flowers, creating a show for the neighborhood!

Growers appreciate its shiny, serrated leaves and its medium-sized, upright, rounded form, making it a visual delight for both the front yard or the mini orchard out back!

The green foliage is contrasted by the dark-red cherries that hang by the handful, tempting you to reach up and grab a healthy and sweet-tart snack.

Fruiting by mid-June, this late mid-season variety produces sweet, shiny, red-black fruit. They resist cracks, so your harvest is bigger and bountiful.

The fruit is outstanding eaten fresh off the tree or can be used for jellies, jams, pies or preserves. Van cherries freeze well, so you can easily preserve your excess, or dry any excess cherries to add to a trail mix or snack mix!

How to Use Van Cherry Tree In The Landscape

Fantastic specimen and dual-purpose, edible landscaping trees. One of these in the front yard will add curb appeal and ornamental year-round interest, as well as delectable fruit! Tuck into a backyard home orchard or pretty row for privacy along the side of your property!

Plant as an anchor and shade for the corner of a shed or garage, or to shade your patio or garden beds.

There’s nothing like a reading nook beneath your Van Cherry when it’s in full bloom, or enjoying a summer picnic beneath the tree where you can easily pluck fresh cherries for snacking.

Tips For Care

These hardy trees are best in USDA growing zones 5-9. Preferring full sun for the best fruit and health of your tree. Be sure to plant in a moderate, yet consistently moist site with regular watering.

Plant in an enriched, organic medium that has very well-drained soil. Mulch the root system well to maintain moisture and to better insulate the roots from heat and cold.

Prune to maintain your Van Cherry at a reasonable height under 8-10 feet so that netting and harvest are easier tasks. You will not want to give up a single piece of this wonderful fruit to birds, once you have tried it.

Not self-fertile, you’ll need another Cherry for cross-pollination, however, it is one of the best pollinators for other sweet cherries, so let ripening time and your taste be your guide in selecting your partner cherry variety. No room for 2 trees? Try high-density planting in our Cherry Tree Care Garden Blog!

For best results, fertilize your tree regularly with Dr. Earth Fruit Tree Fertilizer or a good organic, slow-release fertilizer.

Van Cherry Tree (Prunus avium ‘Van’) Details

Common name Van Cherry Tree
Botanical name Prunus avium 'Van'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 5-9
Growth rate Medium
Harvest time 3 - 5 years
Height 20 - 30 ft.
Width 12-15 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Widely Adaptable
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time Late Winter
Flower color White