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 ‘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


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