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 ever since!
In early spring, Bing Cherry will be positively glowing when it is covered in dazzling white flowers. 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.
The Bings commercial success is also based on its heavy production. Dependable year after year come mid-season, the Bing's crop of large Sweet Cherries is always abundant!
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!
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 waterings.
Prune in late winter to open the canopy to sunlight and airflow, plus to remove dead, damaged or diseased limbs. Prune in spring to shape, remove water growth and suckers.
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.
This popular, well-loved Cherry tree would make a great addition to any edible landscape both in form and fruit. The Sweet Cherry is one of the most desirable fruit varieties for the home garden.
Our Cherry trees are always in high demand. Quantities are limited and many will sell out soon. Order a Bing Cherry tree of your own today to avoid disappointment!
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|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|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|
|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|
|#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|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 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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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.
|Botanical Name||Prunus avium 'Bing'|
|Mature Height||16 - 20 feet|
|Mature Spread||12 - 15 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Harvest Time||Mid Season|
|Fruiting Time||3-5 Years|
|When To Prune||Late Winter|