- America's favorite cherry tree: sweet large cherries
- Called "the standard for cherry flavor"
- Great for both fresh eating and preserves
- Mid-June to mid-summer ripening
- Early-blooming white spring blossoms
- Standard will produce fruit in 5 to 6 years
- Pollinate with Black Tartarian
- Zones 5 to 8
- Can't ship to: AK, AZ, CA, HI, OR, WA, CO
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Zones 5 - 8
The Bing Cherry can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map.VIEW MAP
The Bing Cherry falls into the following type(s): Fruit Trees
12' - 35' High
The Bing Cherry grows to be 12' - 35' feet in height.
12' - 25' Spread
The Bing Cherry has a spread of about 12' - 25' 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 soil.
This cherry has rounded shape.
Bing is America's favorite cherry tree. Its large, sweet fruit is produced abundantly and generally ripens uniformly on the tree in mid-June to mid-summer depending upon location. The delightfully fragrant white flowers bring spring beauty to the landscape. Our standard Bing seedlings are budded to Prunus avium mazzard or sweet cherry, while our dwarf seedlings are grafted to Prunus besseyi (Sand Cherry).
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.
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.
A variety of birds and mammals relish the cherries. The foliage is browsed.
The exact details of Bing's origin are not clear, but it was named in honor of Lewelling's co-worker and nursery foreman, a Chinese man by the name of Ah Bing. Some believe that was Bing who developed the new cultivar and should receive more credit. The first tree came from the seed of another new variety, Republican in 1875. Today there are over 1000 varieties of sweet cherries, and Bing still tops the list both in popularity and production. It is the cherry against which all others are compared.
The standard grows to 35', and dwarf grows to 12' - 15' in height.
Standard grows to 25', dwarf grows to 12'-15'
This tree requires moist, well drained soil and is not drought tolerant.
Simple, alternate, 3"-6" long with small, blunt teeth on the margin, dark green, smooth upper surface, light green lower surface with slight amounts of pubescence or fuzz.
Very large, about 1" in diameter, heart-shaped, skin is bright red when immature becoming dark red or deep maroon. The flesh is purple-red, sweet, juicy, and firm with a stone that is easily removed.
Bing is America's favorite cherry tree. Its large, sweet fruit, great for fresh eating and preserves, is produced abundantly and generally ripens uniformly on the tree in mid-June to mid-summer depending upon location. The delightfully fragrant white flowers bring spring beauty to the landscape. (Pollinate with Black Tartarian or another sweet cherry variety.) (zones 5–8)
Fruit Tree Tips
At least 6-8 hours of daily sunlight are needed.
Standard trees will produce fruit in 5-6 years, and a mature tree will provide up to 50-100 pounds of cherries per year.
Suggested cultivars to pollinate with are Black Republican, Sam, Black Tartarian, Schmidt, Cavalier, Stella, Gold, Van, Heidelfingen, Vega, Montmorency, Vista, Ranier, and Windsor.
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.