Northern hardy cherries tend to be more sour than the sweet cherries purchased from the supermarket. While some may be eaten fresh, most are best used in cooking and baking, for which they are excellent. White blooms in early spring are a beautiful sight in the garden.

Plant in well-drained soil. Cherry trees will not tolerate overly wet or compacted soil. Sandy soil is acceptable if supplementary water is available during periods of drought. Amend soil with composted manure or compost. Full sun. Avoid planting in low valleys which are more prone to late season frosts.

Cherry trees are self-fertile and do not require a pollinator to set fruit. A favorite of birds, use netting or other repellents for a bountiful harvest. 



Hardiness Zones: 3 - 8

Exposure: Full Sun

Mature Size: 10-15' tall, 10-15' wide

Fruit: Dark red. Sweeter than other sour cherries, may be eaten fresh or used in jams, jellies, and pies. Harvest early August.


Sweet Cherry Pie

Hardiness Zones: 4 - 7

Exposure: Full Sun

Mature Size: 12-15' tall, 10-12' wide

Fruit: Dark red. Best used in pies and preserves. Harvest in mid-July.

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