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Sam Dark Sweet Cherry

Prunus avium 'Sam'

Sam is a medium large, firm, jet-black sweet cherry that blooms later than most sweet cherries so it may escape any late spring frosts. Pollinate with Bing, Montmorency, Royal Ann, Stella or Van, as it is self-unfruitful. Would make an good pollinator for other sweet cherries though.


12-15 Feet



12-15 Feet


Hardiness Zone


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3699 Sam Sweet Cherry on Semi-Standard (Mahaleb) root, 2 Year Extra Large grade $34.99 Add to Cart

Prunus avium 'Sam'
Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

A large, vigorous, hardy upright and spreading tree with a desirable framework. Self-unfruitful, but a good pollinator to other sweet cherries. Pollinate with Bing, Montmorency, Royal Ann, Stella or Van. Shows some resistance to canker and cracking. Sweet cherries are attractive to birds, so netting will help keep them off the fruit. Covering the tree with plastic sheeting during rains may help in reducing fruit cracking. Copper sprays during the dormant season will help reduce bacterial cankers on the bark.


A Little History about Sam Dark Sweet Cherry

Developed at Summerland, British Columbia and introduced in 1953.

Prunus avium 'Sam' Characteristics & Attributes

Bloom Character
Excellent pollinizer
Pollinizer needed
Late blooming
Disease Resistance
Crack resistance
Fruit Characteristics
Large fruit
Growth Rate/Habit
Average vigor
Spreading habit
Upright habit
Harvest Period
Early season
Concentrated harvest
Other Attributes
Short shelf-life
Site Requirements
Full Sun
Skill Required
Above average skill
Good for pies
Canning or freezing
High dessert quality