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Grow Your Own Large, Juicy, Sour Cherries

The Montmorency Cherry Tree (Prunus cerasus 'Montmorency') produces the United States most popular sour cherry. It is considered the very best cherry for making pies.

This highly prized cherry tree will welcome spring with brilliant, snow-white flowers in spring followed by a great number of clusters of red sour cherries in July.

The fruit is large sized with bright red skin. The flesh is amber and the juice is clear. Because it’s self-fertile only one tree is needed to produce armloads of delicious, tangy cherries.

The tree grows 25 to 30 feet tall with a spread close to the same. Montmorency Cherry trees can be maintained at any height with pruning. As with all Sour Cherry’s it has a beautiful shape for a featured spot in the landscape. It is extremely winter hardy and heavy bearing.

You will not be disappointed with this outstanding sour cherry. Grow the Montmorency cherry; it is the standard by which pie cherries are judged.

* Large & Bright Red
* U.S. Most Popular Sour Cherry
* Heavy Producer
* Cold Tolerant

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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 .655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
3.5" Container Equal to .67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume
4" Container Equal to .87 dry quart / .96 dry liter 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
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Dependable Variety with an Ancient Past

The Montmorency Cherry has a very long and clouded history. The sour cherry has been a part of recorded history dating back to the Greeks in 300 BCE. They were a part of the diet of the Persians and Romans well before 1 AD.

The Romans are credited with planting sour cherries along the highways as food for the travelers, and Roman soldiers carried them dried into battle. Their high nutritional value has been understood for well over 2000 years.

Coming out of the early natural cross thought to be Prunus avium (Sweet Cherry) and the Prunus fruitcosa (the Ground Cherry), resulted in today's Prunus cerasus (Sour Cherry), but the introduction of the Montmorency that we know today was not clear.

In the early 17th century, out of the Montmorency Valley of France, many sour cherries began being introduced. As cited by U.P. Hedrick, in his classic 'The Cherries of New York,' 1913, "Unfortunately several quite distinct cherries bear the name Montmorency and it has been most difficult to separate them in pomological literature. To make matters worse, all of them have been much confused with other varieties, Early Richmond in particular."

By the mid-17th century, there began to emerge a single variety recognized as Montmorency, as a chance seedling of Cerise Hâtive, or Cerise Commune cherries.

It was not until the early 1900's that the Montmorency would be planted regularly. It was readily apparent that this was one of the most adaptable varieties of cherries offered. Montmorency quickly became the variety of choice for all of the major sour cherry growing regions.

This included Western New York, along the Great Lakes in Western Michigan, and in the famous cherry growing region of Door county in Eastern Wisconsin. It remains the number one cherry in all these top cherry growing regions today.

PLANT HIGHLIGHTS

Montmorency Cherry Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
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Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Prunus 'Montmorency'
Mature Height Semi-Dwarf: 25 - 30 feet
Soil Type Widely Adaptable
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 years