Bing Cherry Tree

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The most popular Sweet Cherry, the Bing Cherry (Prunus avium 'Bing') is positively one of the finest and most famous of the Sweet Cherry varieties. A cross between the Black Republican and an unknown parent, the variety was discovered in the orchards of Seth Lewelling of Milwaukie Oregon, and has been adored by many ever since!

In early spring, Bing Cherry will be positively glowing when it is covered in dazzling white flowers. Watch as the bees and butterflies arrive to savor these lovely blooms! Later in the spring and during the summer, the Bing Cherry will have bright green leaves, a wonderful contrast to the deep garnet, almost-black fruit to follow in mid-June.

Bing produces is a very large, dark, delicious, cherry with smooth, glossy skin and has set the standard for flavor for over 100 years. The fruit is firm, extremely juicy and has what has become the classic, rich, sweet cherry flavor. Harvest when ripe, as they will not ripen further once picked.

Bing's commercial success is also based on its heavy production. Dependable year after year come mid-season, Bing's crop of large Sweet Cherries is always abundant! Hardy throughout USDA growing zones 5 to 9, these trees can be trained at any height needed to best suit your landscape. However, unpruned Bing Cherry trees can reach 16-20 feet in height and spread 12-15 feet wide.

Planting and Application:

Bing is a perfect cherry for use in baking and preserves. However, your family and friends will not be able to resist eating these mouth-watering juicy cherries right off the tree. High in antioxidants, the Bing Cherry is a refreshing, healthy snack on a hot summer day.

The fantastic spring floral show makes this moderate-sized tree the perfect front yard specimen or garden anchor. The summer shade over your patio and seating areas, or shading your garden beds is lush and filtered by the handsome foliage.

Mid-sized trees, Bing is perfect for tucking into an existing orchard or smaller home garden! A great pollinator for other Cherry trees, it is also pollinated by many other varieties as well! Boosting yields for all your other Cherries!

The Bing Cherry does require cross-pollination, so another Cherry tree is needed to produce fruit. Many cherry varieties will act as pollinators for the Bing. So if you don't have room for two trees, try this high-density planting trick and more in our Garden Blog. Bing's best companions are the Black Tatarian, Stella, Republican, Van, Sweetheart, and Montmorency Sour Cherry trees.

  • Large, Glossy, Dark Red Firm & Meaty
  • Smothered in Dazzling White Flowers - Attracts Pollinators
  • Great Pollinator Tree for Other Varieties
  • Rich & Juicy Flavor!
  • Ripens in Mid-Season - Dependable Heavy Production
  • Fruit is High in Antioxidants
  • Baking, Fresh Eating & Preserves

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Cherry Tree care is easy! Requiring full sun, these fruit trees produce the largest yields and best crops in 6 hours of sunlight a day or more. Plant in well-drained soils that are fertile and enriched. Cherry trees grow in a wide range of soil types as long as they don't become soggy. A generous layer of mulch helps retain soil moisture as well as insulate the root system from heat and chill.

Fruiting trees require average moisture throughout the growing season and while many are drought-tolerant, it's best to protect your investment with consistent watering. Supply a 3-4 inch layer of arborist mulch chips over the entire root system for improved insulation and moisture regulation. Prune fruiting Cherry trees in late winter to open the canopy to sunlight and airflow, to remove dead, damaged or diseased limbs. Prune Cherry trees in spring to shape, and remove water growth or suckers.

  • Full Sun
  • Regular Moderate Moisture
  • Rich Well-Drained Soil
  • Appreciates Mulched Beds
  • Pollinate with Black Tatarian, Stella, Republican, Van, Sweetheart, and Montmorency
  • 700-800 Chill Hours

This popular, well-loved Cherry tree would make a great addition to any edible landscape both in form and fruit. Sweet Cherry trees are one of the most desirable fruit varieties for the home garden! Our Cherry trees are always in high demand and are on quality rootstock. Quantities are limited and Bing will sell out soon. Order a Bing Cherry tree of your own today at to avoid disappointment!

Bing Cherry Tree Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take for Bing Cherry Trees to bear fruit?

Nature Hills Nursery sells fruit trees with mature root systems, and will often set fruit in their second or third years.

How Fast Do Bing Cherry Trees Grow?

Cherry trees are medium-growth rate plants and once they are established they can add 12-18 inches per year or so if given the ideal growing conditions.

Where do Bing Cherry Trees Grow Best?

Cherry trees grow best in well-drained, fertile soil in at least 6 hours of full sun per day or more. Morning sun is a plus and planting any fruit tree where there is good air circulation keeps the plants stress-free.

Do You Need 2 Cherry Trees to Produce Fruit?

All Prunus varieties have different requirements to set fruit. Bing is not self-fruiting and needs a pollinating partner. Pair with one of these varieties:

No room? Look into High-Density Planting techniques as noted above, or choose a semi-dwarf or dwarf fruit tree.

When Should Bing Cherry Trees be Planted?

Bareroot cherry trees are best planted in the spring but container-grown cherry trees can be successfully transplanted all throughout the growing season as long as the ground isn’t frozen and they are carefully watered as needed. Check for the first and last frost dates for your area with your local County Extension Office.

How Do I Find Bing Cherry Trees for Sale Near Me?

Make your life easier and your yard happier by shopping for cherry trees at online fruit tree nursery. You'll find a massive selection of fruit trees for sale, including many lovely cherry tree varieties!

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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.

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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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Americas Favorite Cherry

The story of the Bing Cherry is a story right out of the settling of the west. In the late 1840's, Henderson Lewelling brought his family and a wagon load of assorted fruit trees west from Iowa to the Willamette Valley of Oregon settling in the town of Milwaukie.

By 1850 his brother Seth joined Henderson in running a commercial nursery and as opportunities grew, Henderson left for California; looking to expand leaving Seth run the Milwaukie nursery.

The story of the Bing cherry includes the struggles of the Chinese in the 1850's. During the massive migration from China to the US, hundreds of thousands of men sought employment in mining, building railroads, lumber mills and agriculture. It was these immigrants that helped to fill the labor gap caused by the great Civil War.

Seth Lewelling, having become a well-respect grower, had introduced several new fruit varieties while managing his brothers test orchard. He along with his Chinese foreman, Ah Bing, would walk the rows regularly to observe the seedling varieties.

One such selection, later identified as a cross between Black Republican and Napoleon Bigarrreau, was planted in the row assigned to Ah Bing. The selection was singled out around 1875 and Seth named it in honor of the man who help to develop it; Ah Bing; and the Bing Cherry was born.

The parents of the Bing are quite distinguished as well. The Black Republican (also named by Seth Lewelling) is a popular, antique heirloom variety boasting deep, dark red fruit and a wonderful earthy, sweet flavor.

The Napoleon Bigarreau is a white-skinned selection, which was only recently identified as a parent to the Bing. Napoleon traces itself back to the 1700's with a rich, fine flavor and is considered one of the best heirloom varieties of white cherry's still available. The cross of these two fine fruits, that are outstanding on their own, resulted in the number one variety of cherry planted today.


Bing Cherry Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Prunus avium 'Bing'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 16 - 20 feet
Mature Spread 12 - 15 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Fall Color Yellow
Harvest Time Mid Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3-5 Years
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant Yes