Cherry, tart (Prunus cerasus)

Cherry, tart (Prunus cerasus)

Exposure

Full sun. Zones 4-8.

Soil

Average well-drained soil with circumneutral pH (6.5) is best, but tart cherries will tolerate more acidic soil.

Growth Habits

Spreading, open formed small tree from 10 to 20 feet tall, depending on variety. Tart cherries are attractive, easy to grow small trees with abundant white spring flowers, attractive dark green leaves, shiny bark, and delicious red fruit in early to mid June. Tart cherries are well adapted to our region and much more reliable fruit producers than sweet cherries, with fewer disease problems.

Self fertile.

Landscape Uses

Use as small specimen trees or in the home fruit orchard.

Usefulness

Fruits can be eaten fresh, dried, or put into pies, jams, jellies or juices. Highly nutritious fruit with noted anti-inflammatory properties that are good for arthritis.

Available Varieties

'Danube' - Bears abundant crops of large, juicy, glossy dark-red fruit with semi-firm flesh and delicious, sweet-tart flavor. From Hungary. Natural semi-dwarf 10-12'.

'Jubileum' - An early ripening, very popular, high quality variety, Prized for its large, firm, very dark purple fruit that’s great for fresh eating and for making delicious juice and preserves. An attractive small tree, with a high degree of disease resistance. 10-12’

'Montmorency' - Medium-size, firm fruit with yellow flesh and clear juice. Rich, tart, tangy flavor. Bright red pie cherries. Vigerous tree produces heavily. Very crack resistant. Requires good drainage and aeration. Trees grow to 15-20' tall and wide. Self fertile. - out of stock

Pricing Information

$39.00 / 5 gal, $49.00 / 7 gal. Available sizes vary by variety