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Cherry Trees

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Planting a Cherry Tree

Choose a sunny location that has deep, well-drained soil and good air circulation. A tree that seems healthy during a dry year may die during a wet year because the soil is holding too much water. Avoid low areas where cold air settles, and pick a more elevated area to prevent blossoms from being killed by frost. Cherry trees do not do well in areas surrounded by buildings or shade trees.

Soil Amendment

The most important factor for a healthy cherry tree is good soil. The type of soil determines not only the amount of nutrients and water the plant receives, but how efficiently the tree can use those nutrients. This can determine whether your cherry can successfully withstand the stresses of growing in an urban environment or fight diseases. 


Most Cherry trees prefer moist soil. Probe down into the soil about 3 inches and check the moisture level. When it is no longer moist at this level, it is time to water again. After doing this a few times you should start to get an idea of how often your tree needs to be watered. When watering, it is better to allow a slow trickle for a couple of hours rather than soaking quickly. Be sure to water enough to wet the bottom of the root zone. However, be careful not to overwater as Cherry trees are susceptible to root rot.


Cherry trees have some specific guidelines for pruning. They can be pruned moderately to let in light in and to thin out branches, this can improve air circulation to help prevent disease.  Cherries are usually pruned in summer.  Cherries fruit on 1-year-old shoots and lateral spurs, so you can prune off new material as you see fit.


Fertilizing is an important component of a flowering cherry tree care program. By providing the necessary nutrients to your cherry tree through a slow-release fertilizer you will help to ensure beautiful blossoms and vigour. Be sure to choose a fertilizer that has been specifically formulated for use on cherry trees.



Bing Cherry Tree

The Bing Cherry is one of the finest commercial sweet cherries and it is the most famous sweet cherry variety. It produces a very large, delicious cherry that ranges in color from a deep garnet to almost black. The skin is smooth and glossy and the flesh firm and sweet. Bing cherries are good for cooking as well as out-of-hand eating. The flesh is very solid, reddish-purple in color, and is flavorful and juicy. The Bing Cherry tree requires cross-pollination to produce fruit.


Lapin Cherry Tree

The Lapin Cherry fruit is large and deep purple in color with lighter red flesh. The Lapin Cherry, (la-PAHN), the French word for "rabbit", is a big, beautiful, dark red cherry. These are some of the largest, juiciest cherries that grow on trees. They are great for snacking, and so big, one cherry is a mouthful! The skin is bright in appearance and it is split resistant due to flexible skin. The Lapin is an excellent pollinator and is a heavy bearer.


Montmorency Cherry Tree

The Montmorency cherry is the most popular sour cherry in America and it is the classic pie cherry tree. Montmorency cherries have proven over the years to be outstanding for cooking and pie-making. The tree ripens the fruit in June and grows about 15 feet tall. The Montmorency cherry tree is self fertile and produces medium sized, dark red, cherries with good flavor and quality. Flesh is clear and yellow in color.


Rainier Cherry Tree

The Rainier Cherry tree produces sweet, large, yellow fruit with a red blush. The fruit is firm and the flesh is fine-textured and clear to light yellow. Fans of the Rainier appreciate the creamy-yellow flesh, which gives the blush of the skin a sunny undertone. The sweetness is what keeps them coming back for more. The Rainier has a distinct sweet flavor. It is a very productive tree that resists cracking, spurs and doubles. The tree will pollinate with the Bing Cherry. It will not self-pollinate.


Stella Cherry Tree

The Stella cherry is self-fruitful - no pollenizer needed. It has a large, nearly black, richly flavored sweet cherry. Similar to its parent, Lambert. Expect a later harvest with the Stella cherry. It will pollinate with the Bing cherry tree, except in mild winter climates. The flesh is also black in color.It is an excellent cherry for fresh eating. It is also resistant to cracking. Tree bears at a young age. Tree eventually reaches 15 to 16 feet tall. Watch for birds, they love the Stella.


Sweetheart Cherry Tree

The Sweetheart Cherry tree is a new self-fruitful cherry tree. It produces a fruit that remains crunchy when picked and eaten. The tree resists cracking and ripens late. It is fast becoming a popular cherry tree. Because the Sweetheart is self-pollinating, it can be used in location where you would only want to plant one tree for delightful cherry fruit. Sweetheart Cherries are the last cherry of the season! Their unique taste is a spectacular finale for the summer. Stretch out the cherry season with the Sweetheart cherry.


Van Cherry Tree

The Van cherry is very hardy. Resembles Bing cherries because the fruit is similar to Bing, though usually smaller. Pollinizer is required. It will pollinate (inter-fruitful) with all popular sweet cherries. Enjoy magnificent cherry blossoms every spring. Van is one of the best pollinators for any other sweet cherry tree. The Van cherry tree is hardy, vigorous and a prolific bearer of high quality sweet cherries.




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