Sweet Cherry Prunus avium 'Nabella' (F)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
cherry (sweet) 'Nabella'


The plant known as the sweet cherry 'Nabella' is a fruit-bearing tree noted for its attractive appearance. It has a strong central trunk from which numerous branches spread out, creating a dense canopy. The leaves are rich green, glossy, and oval-shaped with fine serrations on the edges, exuding a lush appearance throughout the growing season. During spring, the sweet cherry 'Nabella' is particularly beautiful. It features clusters of fragrant white blossoms that burst forth before the foliage fully emerges. These flowers are a magnet for pollinators and give the tree a delicate, ornamental look. As the season progresses, the flowers give way to the fruits for which the plant is so highly valued. The cherries of 'Nabella' are a deep, red-purple hue, dangling in clusters from the branches. They are fleshy, sweet, and have a high juice content, making them ideal for fresh eating as well as for culinary uses, such as in pies and preserves. In the autumn, the foliage may turn to vivid tones of orange and red before falling, providing an additional splash of color to the garden landscape. The appearance of the bark on the sweet cherry 'Nabella' is also noteworthy, with its smooth texture and a somewhat glossy look that adds to the visual interest of the tree even in the dormant winter months.

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Sweet Cherry, Wild Cherry, Bird Cherry.

    • Common names

      Prunus avium 'Nabella'

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      13-16 feet (4-5 meters)

    • Spread

      13-16 feet (4-5 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Value: The 'Nabella' cherry tree, commonly known as the sweet cherry, adds aesthetic appeal to landscapes with its spring blossoms and attractive fruit.
    • Edible Fruit: Produces sweet cherries that can be consumed fresh, used in cooking, or preserved through canning and freezing.
    • Wildlife Attraction: The fruit of the sweet cherry provides a food source for birds and other wildlife.
    • Shade Provider: Mature trees can offer a canopy of shade in gardens and public spaces, making them valuable for outdoor comfort.
    • Pollinator-Friendly: Flowering sweet cherry trees attract bees and other pollinators, supporting local ecosystems.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • The wood of the sweet cherry tree can be used for smoking meats and cheeses, imparting a distinctive flavor.
    • Crafted into musical instruments, the wood is valued for its tonal quality, especially in the creation of drums and wind instruments.
    • In woodworking, sweet cherry timber is prized for furniture making due to its fine grain and rich color after polishing.
    • Because of its hardness and attractive grain, sweet cherry wood is sometimes used for flooring in high-end residential projects.
    • In art, the smooth and solid wood of sweet cherry trees can be carved into intricate sculptures and decorative items.
    • The bark of sweet cherry can be used in the creation of natural dyes, with the potential to produce a range of colors from yellows to browns.
    • Leaves from the sweet cherry tree can be steeped in hot water to create a natural cleaning solution for delicate fabrics or surfaces.
    • Branches and twigs of the sweet cherry tree are popular for floral arrangements and can be used to add a rustic touch to bouquets.
    • The dense canopy of the sweet cherry can be strategically planted to provide shade and cooling for smaller sun-sensitive plants in a garden or orchard.
    • Sweet cherry wood shavings and sawdust are sometimes used in bedding for small pets, offering a pleasant scent and absorbency.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Sweet Cherry tree is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Sweet Cherry tree is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Rebirth and Renewal: The cherry tree, known for its beautiful spring blossoms, symbolizes the renewal that comes with the spring season and the idea of starting anew.
    • Purity and Innocence: Cherry blossoms are often associated with the pure and untouched quality of life, representing innocence and simplicity.
    • Beauty and Life's Fleeting Nature: The brief bloom period of the cherry blossom reminds us of the transient nature of life, encouraging us to appreciate beauty and recognize our mortality.
    • Love and Affection: In some cultures, the cherry fruit is seen as a symbol of love and deep affection, possibly because of its rich, red color and sweetness.
    • Educational Growth: With the cherry tree's strong association with Japan, where it signifies educational growth and the time of graduation, the plant also symbolizes personal development and intellectual achievement.

Every 7-10 days
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 3-5 years
Early Spring
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Sweet Cherry trees, including the 'Nabella' variety, should be watered deeply to encourage root development, usually once a week during the dry season, with more frequent watering when they are newly planted or during prolonged dry spells. Mature trees typically require about 1 to 2 inches of water per week, either from rainfall or irrigation. During the growing season, a young tree will often need between 10 to 15 gallons of water each week. Adjust the amount of water during the winter or rainy seasons to prevent overwatering, since excess moisture can lead to root rot.

  • sunLight

    Sweet Cherry trees need full sun to produce the best fruit, so they should be planted in a location where they will receive at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight daily. A spot that is well-exposed to the sun throughout the day, without shade from buildings or other trees, will promote healthy growth and an abundant harvest.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Sweet Cherry trees thrive in a temperate climate and have a chilling requirement to break dormancy. They can generally tolerate winter temperatures as low as -20 to -30 degrees Fahrenheit. The ideal growing temperature for sweet cherry trees like 'Nabella' is between 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit during the growing season. They may start to suffer damage when temperatures exceed 95 degrees Fahrenheit or drop below the freezing point.

  • scissorsPruning

    Sweet Cherry trees benefit from pruning to maintain a strong tree structure, improve light penetration, and air circulation, which in turn encourages good fruit production. Pruning should be conducted during the dormant season, preferably in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. 'Nabella' trees should be pruned annually to remove dead or diseased wood, to shape the tree, and to thin out dense growth.

  • broomCleaning

    Not needed

  • bambooSoil

    Sweet cherry 'Nabella' thrives in well-draining, loamy soil with a pH of 6.5 to 7.5. A mix with compost and peat moss will improve structure and add essential nutrients.

  • plantRepotting

    Sweet cherry 'Nabella' trees are not commonly repotted as they are grown outdoors; instead, they can be transplanted if necessary when they are dormant in late fall or early spring.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Sweet cherry 'Nabella' prefers moderate ambient humidity but is adaptable to the humidity levels typically found outdoors in its growing regions.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Not ideal for indoor growth; requires full sun.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in well-draining soil, full sun exposure, space adequately.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-7 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life cycle of the Sweet Cherry, specifically the variety Prunus avium 'Nabella', begins with seed germination, which takes place when the conditions are right, usually in spring following a period of stratification during winter cold. The seedling develops into a juvenile tree over several years, with rapid root and shoot growth. As it matures, it enters the sapling stage, where the growth continues but at a slower pace until it reaches reproductive maturity. The tree then begins to flower, typically in the spring, with pollination commonly facilitated by bees and other insects. Following successful pollination, fruits develop and ripen to a red or dark red color in the summer, containing seeds that can be dispersed by birds and other animals. The adult tree can live for many years, producing flowers and fruits annually, and the cycle continues with the dispersal and germination of seeds.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Early Spring

    • Propogation: The 'Nabella' variety of sweet cherry tree is commonly propagated through grafting, a method widely used for fruit trees to ensure fruit quality and tree characteristics. Grafting is often done in late winter or early spring, coinciding with the tree's dormant period just before the spring growth begins. Scion wood, which is a cutting from a mature 'Nabella' cherry tree with desirable traits, is typically collected during the dormant period. The scion is then grafted onto a compatible rootstock, which determines the overall size and vigor of the resulting tree. The graft union is carefully sealed and wrapped to promote healing and prevent disease, and over time, the scion and rootstock will grow together to form a new cherry tree that bears the 'Nabella' fruit.