- Most popular sour cherry in America
- Called "the standard for pie cherries"
- Flavor described as rich, tart and tangy
- Late bloom time
- Fruit ripens in late June
- Clusters of white, spring-blooming flowers
- Zones 4 to 7
- Can't ship to: AK, AZ, CA, HI, OR, WA, CO
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Zones 4 - 7
The Montmorency Cherry can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map.VIEW MAP
The Montmorency Cherry falls into the following type(s): Fruit Trees
8' - 15' High
The Montmorency Cherry grows to be 8' - 15' feet in height.
10' - 20' Spread
The Montmorency Cherry has a spread of about 10' - 20' at full maturity.
This tree grows at a medium growth rate. [More about this.]
This cherry does well in full sun.
This tree prefers well drained, sandy, loam soils.
This cherry has rounded shape.
Montmorency cherry is the most popular tart cherry in America. The tastiness of its bright, red cherries in pies and preserves make it a favorite with cooks, while its tolerance for temperature extremes, its production, and the firmness of its fruit are appreciated by farmers and shippers. Our standard Montmorency seedlings are budded to Prunus mahalb, while our dwarf seedlings grafted to Prunus besseyi (Sand Cherry).
Chill hours (CU) requirement: 700. (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.
The fruit is eaten by many varieties of birds and mammals. The foliage is browsed. Flocks of birds are the greatest threat to the trees. They will eat the cherries at the first sign of ripeness. Nylon or cheesecloth netting draped over the trees as the fruits begin to ripen is an effective deterent. This technique can be very practical if the trees are kept to a reasonable height by pruning.
This cherry takes its name from the Montmorency Valley in France where it was developed sometime before the seventeenth century. Its fame quickly spread to England. It has been cultivated under various names in the United States from at least the early nineteeth century. It accounts for 95% of all production of sour cherries.
The standard grows to 18', and dwarf grows to 8' in height.
The Montmorency cherry tree has a spread of about 10'-20'.
This tree requires moist, well drained soil and has some resistance to drought.
Simple, alternate, elliptic with acute tips, smooth and dark green on top, about 3" long with double teeth at margin
Medium large, bright red fruit with firm, yellow flesh, a rich tart, tangy flavor and clear juice.
The most popular sour cherry in America for pies and preserves. The medium-large fruit is bright red with firm, yellow flesh and clear juice. The Montmorency Cherry ripens around late June, just months after the spring bloom. Montmorency Cherry's are more dependable fruit producers in cooler climates than sweet cherries. Average yield for a mature tree is 36–44 pints. Self-fertile; though it's recommended to plant two trees for best crop results (insects still needed to pollinate within the same tree). A hybrid between sweet cherry x Nanking cherry, P. tomentosa.(Zones 4–7)
Dwarf trees should be staked to ensure tree's ability to bear weight of fruit and protect against leaning.
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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.