Prunus avium ‘Bleeding Heart’

A cultivar of Prunus avium L. Above medium size, heart-shaped, broad at the stalk, and terminating at the apex in an acute, swollen point. Skin entirely covered with bright red. Stalk two inches long, slender. Flesh yellowish white, half-tender, juicy, and sweet. Beginning and middle of July. [Hogg – Fruit Manual p.55/1860 as ‘Gascoigne’s Heart’].



Horticultural & Botanical History

An old variety but I have no information on its history. Figured in George Brookshaw’s Pomona Brittanica [PB pl.IX/1812]. Brookshaw also figures a variety called ‘Red Heart’, somewhat rounder in shape [PB pl.VIII/1812].

A midseason variety of little commercial value by 1937 [Bowman]. 



History at Camden Park

Listed in all published catalogues [Cherry no.2/1843].




Published Apr 22, 2010 - 04:42 PM | Last updated Jul 23, 2011 - 04:56 PM

Figured is a fruiting shoot with leaves and elongated, heart-shaped red cherries. Pomona Brittanica pl.9/1812.

Prunus avium ‘Bleeding Heart’ | PB pl.IX/1812


More details about Prunus avium ‘Bleeding Heart’
Family Rosaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, unknown

  • Gascoigne’s Heart
  • Herefordshire Heart
  • Red Heart


Common Name

Dessert Cherry

Name in the Camden Park Record

Bleeding Heart 



Confidence level high