Colin Mills, compiler of the Hortus Camdenensis, died in late November 2012 after a short illness. As he always considered the Hortus his legacy, it is his family's intention to keep the site running in perpetuity. It will not, however, be updated in the near future.

Prunus avium ‘Amber Heart’

A cultivar of Prunus avium L. Fruit; large to very large, roundish to heart-shaped. Skin; pink to dark red, rarely red all over, on a pale yellow ground, with a few dots and streaks. flesh; pale yellow, between soft and firm, juicy, sweet, distinctive flavour, stone small to medium. Produces a vigorous tree, upright and spreading. Good quality fruit with a tendency to crack. A late-mid season cherry. [Grubb]. 



Horticultural & Botanical History

‘Amber Heart’ is not described under this name in most 18th century Pomologies. It may be synonymous with ‘White Heart’ which see. Figured as ‘Amber Heart’ in Pomona Brittanica [PB pl.XI/1812] which also figures ‘White Heart’.



History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1845, 1850 and 1857 catalogues [Cherry no.3/1845]. 




Published Apr 22, 2010 - 04:49 PM | Last updated Jul 23, 2011 - 04:54 PM

Figured is a fruiting shoot with leaves and heart-shaped red and yellow cherries. Pomona Brittanica pl.11/1812.

Prunus avium ‘Amber Heart’ | PB pl.XI/1812


Family Rosaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, unknown

  • Amber
  • Amber Bigarreau
  • Kent Bigarreau
  • White Heart


Common Name

Dessert Cherry

Name in the Camden Park Record

Amber Heart 



Confidence level high