Balaton™ Tart Cherry Tree

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Beautifully deep red skin and flesh are the hallmarks of Balaton™ Tart Cherry (Prunus cerasus 'Balaton'). For a sour pie cherry, Balaton™ is quite high in natural sugar, and you'll love not needing to add a drop of red food coloring! This Hungarian cultivar more than earns its place in the backyard orchard with its rich, well-balanced flavor and Morello-style fruit!

The high pigmentation throughout the fruit creates gorgeously colored juice, pies, preserves and syrup! Juice it or dry your harvest for healthy antioxidants to help with inflammation! Measuring in at over 16 Brix sugar content, Balaton™ is best described as "sweet-tart" so this versatile choice is exceptional for wine, in baked goods and can be enjoyed fresh from your tree! It's best known as a supreme pie cherry!

Bursting into spring with drifts of pure white, fragrant blossoms, this cold-hardy Cherry tree is a partially self-pollinating cultivar, so you can grow fruit from a single tree! However, if you plant them with another Cherry tree as a pollination partner; you gain more cherries from both trees!

Planting and Application:

Grow several together as a high-density hedgerow that provides both privacy for you and shelter and food for songbirds. Space them from three to five feet apart from center to center and keep them summer pruned for size control for screening. A grouping provides shade and bountiful fruit!

Of course, you'll also love the looks of Balaton™ in your landscape. From their white spring blooms for pollinators to the jewel-toned fruit, Balaton™ is a charming tree for both front and back yard ornamental edible flowering landscaping! Winter brings a new dimension to the tree as the picturesque branching can really show off!

  • Sweet-Tart Richly Colored Fruit - Resists Cracking
  • Pies, Jam, Juice, Dried & Fresh Eating
  • Late Season Harvest
  • Fragrant Pure White Blossoms
  • Partially Self-Fruitful

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Fruit trees do best with well-drained soil, good air circulation and full sun with at least six hours of sunlight a day. Be sure to include symbiotic Nature Hills Root Booster when planting for the life-long support of the tiny feeder roots.

  • Full Sun
  • Moderate Regular Moisture & Fertility
  • Loves Mulched, Well-Drained Sites
  • Prune When Dormant
  • 600-800 Chill Hours

You'll love the four-season beauty and landscape versatility of this incredible sweet-tart Balaton™ Tart Cherry Tree! So order yours today and start enjoying healthful, delicious fruit as soon as possible!

Recommended Pollinators: North Star, Black York or Montmorency

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Balaton™ Tart Cherry Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Prunus cerasus 'Balaton'
Type Deciduous
Size Semi Dwarf
Mature Height 12 - 15 feet
Mature Spread 10 - 15 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Harvest Time Late Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 Years
Pruning Time When Dormant
Fragrant Yes