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Prunus avium ‘Florence’

A cultivar of Prunus avium L. ‘Large and obtuse heart-shaped. Skin pale amber, marbled with red, and mottled with bright red where exposed. Stalk two inches long, slender, deeply set. Flesh yellowish, firm, very juicy, sweet, and rich. Beginning and middle of August.’ [Hogg – Fruit Manual p.55/1860].



Horticultural & Botanical History

‘This very fine cherry was imported from Florence some years ago by the late Mr. Houblon, of Hallingbury Place, in Essex. The original plant is now dead. It succeeds best trained against an east, or south-east wall.’ [George Lindley – Orchard guide p.152/1831].

The tree is vigorous, spreading and open. A late mid-season to late cherry of good quality which often cracks badly. Among cherries recommended by the Gardeners Chronicle. [Gard. Chron. 1852, Grubb].



History at Camden Park

Listed in the 1850 and 1857 catalogues [Cherry no.10/1850].




Published Apr 22, 2010 - 05:32 PM | Last updated Jul 23, 2011 - 04:40 PM

Family Rosaceae
Region of origin

Garden origin, Italy, Florence

  • Knevett’s Late Bigarreau


Common Name

Dessert Cherry

Name in the Camden Park Record




Confidence level high