Montmorency Cherries Overview
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Magestic Magnificent Montmorency Sour Cherry

  • Best Cherry For Pies
  • Heavy Bearing
  • Disease Resistant
  • Ripens Late In The Season
  • Medicinal Properties
  • Self Pollinating

Centuries ago, in France's Montmorency Valley, farmers with a taste for the best sour cherries began cultivating Montmorency Sour Cherry (Prunus cerasus 'Montmorency'). It is now the most popular variety of sour cherry because...well...because it simply is the best.

The produces bushels of bright red cherries, with amber flesh, that when pressed, provides clear, tangy juice that is irresistible once you've tried it. This slightly sour fruit is wonderful, and many consider it the ultimate choice for pies. But don't forget to try it in a cobbler or other types of desserts. You can turn these tart berries into tasty preserves, freeze them for later, or even dry them for a wonderfully healthy snack that kids love.

With that being said, do not overlook the medicinal value of the Montmorency Sour Cherry. Do you feel a little achy after spending all day in the garden? No problem. These tart cherries are said to ease muscle pain and soreness, relieve symptoms of arthritis, lower stress, improve sleep. It may even improve your thinking ability, memory, and brighten your mood. Now, that's a cherry on your sundae.

In the spring, the Montmorency Sour Cherry's blooms will make you forget the cold chills of winter. It's hard to beat viewing your tree's bright white blossoms, swaying in a spring breeze in spring. Bees, butterflies and hummingbirds agree and will flock to your tree, and while pollinating it, they can pollinate the rest of your garden as well.

Consider planting a partner cherry tree, though, because two pollinate better than one, and it will increase your yield.

The Montmorency Sour Cherry tolerates the frigid winter weather quite well. You can count on a heavy crop as this variety ripens later in the season than most.

You will want to find your Montmorency Sour Cherry a home where it can bask in full sun and stay rooted and healthy in drained sandy soil to loamy soil. You can enhance the nutrients in your soil by spading in compost, leaves, and manure to keep your tree happy for years to come.

While many say, "an apple a day, keeps the doctor away," you can say the same thing for the Montmorency Sour Cherry because of its medicinal qualities. And we bet that you never tasted medicine as delicious and juice as your Montmorency Sour Cherry, though. Find out exactly why French cherry planters fell for the Montmorency Sour Cherry by ordering your own today.

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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 .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
#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 Hative, 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.


Montmorency Cherry Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Botanical Name Prunus cerasus 'Montmorency'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 12 - 18 feet
Mature Spread 10 - 12 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Type Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Harvest Time Mid Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 years
When To Prune After Fruiting
Fragrant No