Black Tartarian Cherry
- Known for its rich, sweet, full bodied flavor
- Bears fruit in 3 to 4 years
- Great choice for home orchard
- Delicious eaten fresh or used in preserves
- Early bloom time
- Harvest mid-June to early July
- Large juicy, purplish-black fruit
- Pollinate with Bing
- Zones 5 to 8
- Can't ship to: AK, AZ, CA, HI, OR, WA, CO
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Zones 5 - 8
The Black Tartarian Cherry can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map.VIEW MAP
The Black Tartarian Cherry falls into the following type(s): Fruit Trees
12' - 30' High
The Black Tartarian Cherry grows to be 12' - 30' feet in height.
12' - 15' Spread
The Black Tartarian Cherry has a spread of about 12' - 15' at full maturity.
This tree grows at a medium growth rate. [More about this.]
This cherry does well in full sun.
This trees prefers light, sandy soil but grows in moist, well drained soil
This cherry has pyramidal shape.
Excellent for the home orchard, the Black Tartarian cherry tree produces fruit with a sweet, rich, full bodied flavor. Begins bearing fruit 3-4 years after planting and will bear long into old age. The best pollinator for dark sweet cherries. Our standard Black Tartarian seedlings are budded to Prunus avium mazzard or sweet cherry, while our dwarf seedlings Grafted to Prunus besseyi (Sand Cherry).
In order to ensure pollination, these trees need a compatible cultivar growing within 100 feet for standard size, 50 feet for semi-dwarf, and 20 feet for dwarf trees.
The cherries are eaten by a variety of birds and mammals. The leaves and branches are browsed.
This species was introduced from Russia to England in 1794 by Hugh Ronalds and named Ronald's Large Black Heart. It came to the United States in the early 1800s and has been popular ever since.
The standard grows to 30' and dwarf grows to 12' - 15' in height.
Standard spread grows to 30' and dwarf grows to a 12'-15' spread.
This tree requires moist, well drained soil and is not drought tolerant.
Simple, alternate, often obvate with a sharp tip, 5 1/2" long with teeth on the margin that are sharp and sometimes blunted. Thin, waxy and dark green color on top.
Heart shaped about 1" in diameter and usually purplish black, but occasionally red depending upon the site. Flesh is dark red, thick, tender, juicy and sweet with a smooth stone that separates easily.
A very popular species of sweet cherry. Excellent for the home orchard, the Black Tartarian cherry tree produces large purplish-black fruit with a sweet, rich, full bodied flavor. Begins bearing fruit 3-4 years after planting and will bear long into old age. Also is the best pollinator for other dark sweet cherries. (Pollinate with Bing or a different sweet cherry variety.) (Zones 5–8)
Fruit Tree Tips
At least 6-8 hours of daily sunlight are needed. Eventually one tree may produce 3–4 bushels of cherries. Dwarf trees should be staked to ensure tree's ability to bear weight of fruit and protect against leaning.
Suggested cultivars to pollinate with include Black Republican, Sam, Bing, Schmidt, Cavalier, Stella, Gold, Van, Heidelfingen, Vega, Montmorency, Vista, Ranier, and Windsor.
Chill hours (CU) requirement: 700-800. (Chill hours are the average hours of air temperature between 32 and 45 degrees F in a typical winter season). For best fruit production, calculate the chill unit (CU) for your growing zone to be sure it aligns with the CU requirement of this tree.
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The benefits of bare-root trees
Our trees are delivered with natural bare roots which have been dipped in hydrating gel prior to shipment to keep the roots moist and healthy. As their abundant, fibrous roots aren't confined by a container, bare-root trees get off to a more vigorous start compared to containerized roots which typically need more time to adjust to transplanting. Bare-root trees typically surpass the size of larger containerized trees in only a few years.