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Black Tartarian Cherry Tree



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  • Ships week of Mar 26
  • Shipped to you in our Drop 'N Grow™

    The benefits of the Drop ‘N Grow™ bag…

    By growing these trees in burlap bags, the roots grow into the cloth, rather than circling around a pot. This forces these trees to put out thousands of fine hair roots. These roots bring moisture and nutrients into the plants. This means you get a tree that will become established quicker and provide you with superior and faster growth.

    These will be the easiest trees you have ever planted! Simply dig your hole, place the Drop 'N Grow™ bag in the center (burlap included) then use excess dirt to fill the hole. That's it!

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-t- Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Use our planting kit so your tree is ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:

  1. Tree Stake Kit to help keep your tree stable, giving roots time to grow.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.

  3. 2 oz of Root Rocket™ Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

-t- Planting Mix
Black Tartarian Cherry Tree Planting Mix

Helps your Black Tartarian Cherry Tree get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
-t- Planket™ - Frost & Cold Protection
PLanket 10-20 ft.

Protect your sensitive plants and shrubs with the Planket™

Benefits include:

  1. Lightweight fabric allows your plants to breather while also protecting them from the frost and cold winds.

  2. 6ft. round size makes it easy to protect sensitive container plants.

Add A Decorative Pot

Growing Zones: 5-8
(hardy down to -10℉)

Growing Zones 5-8
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

15 ft.

Mature Width:

10 ft.


Full Sun


25 ft.

Growth Rate:


Drought Tolerance:


Harvest Time:


Fruit Color:


Year to Bear:

Fruits 1st Year!

Chill Hours (minimum):


You are in an area with ~1800 chill hours

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Delicious, Easy to Grow Cherries

- Delicious fruit in half the time 
- Adaptable to various types of soil
- Drought tolerant

Black Tartarian Cherries give you a deep red color... and they are the most popular dark cherry you can find. You can even grow them organically... meaning no pesticides. Just pluck these delicious cherries right off the tree! Great for baking and snacking as well.

Black Tartarians are rapid growers, and give you cherries quicker than most other cherry trees. We careful prune and nurture your tree before we ship it to you.  Our process ensures that you’ll get:

- More Cherries
- Early Production
- Healthier Tree

Our pruning process ensures that your tree will develop a strong branching structure, and keeps the tree "dwarfed." This allows the tree to only grow to a height that is safe for picking.  You won’t need a ladder to get to your incredibly high yield of delicious, plump cherries.  You’ll have bushels of fruit within the first two years (sometimes after the first year.)

Once established, each tree will give you an abundance of cherries each growing season. Be sure to order more than one cherry tree to ensure optimal pollination... more trees mean more cherries! Great for salads, pies, or fruit salads. So versatile... the possibilities are endless!  

Black Tartarian Cherry Tree Pollination

Black Tartarian Cherry Trees are not self-fertile. You will need to plant another variety to achieve fruiting. Below are the most effective pollinators we have chosen for your area...

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Customer Reviews

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I got one of these last fall. I got it with no limbs or leafs and not much of a root ball. I put it in a pot and it still looks the same one year later.
January 1, 2013
over 4 years ago
Black tartarian cherry tree
I planted my tree a few days after receiving it... To my surprise it has grown a good 3 to 4 inches in about a month. The leaves are getting bigger and im really exited. This is my first outdoor project!!!
May 18, 2016
1 year ago
Tree arrived in good condition and is doing good. No temporary shock after planting
July 28, 2015
Caliente, NV
over 2 years ago
Growing Zone:
Cherry tree in Florida
Received tree approx 3 wks ago with sickly leaves covered with brown and black ares all over. Majority of those leaves fell off;however, now have new growth appearing. Have been using "Captain Jack" organic spray with success. Hopefully it will continue with more new growth. Too early to se any change in size.
June 20, 2016
Melbourne Beach, FL
1 year ago
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Sorry but satisfied at all .
All products purchased are weak and tiny. I dont understand why the photos and description showed one thing and I received a totally different product type. I am not satisfied at all. I spent over 500$ and final product is not what i have expected.
July 5, 2017
8 months ago
Growing Zone:
Died almost immediately
I live in central arkansas. Tree arrived in good shape but died within 2 months from root rot. We have had a lot of rain.
June 8, 2017
9 months ago
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Looks diseased and a little dead
My black tartarian tree came along with my Bing Cherry tree. I ordered both as 6-7ft tall so they got pretty expensive which I don't mind cause I've gotten a harvester peach and a 4-in- apple tree from the last year and they are doing okay this year. I trust FGT, however, my black tartarian I think hit a 7 foot mark during shipping so I when I got the plant, it seemed like it was just shoved in there. It lost some new growth because they were bent and broken at the top. I'm hoping that it survives because I noticed that all the leaves are brown and almost dead. It looks a little diseased and I'm really concerned. I'm gonna transplant it tomorrow and pray for no transplant shock.
August 19, 2017
Austin, TX
Growing Zone:
Great company
There were a few Beatles on the leaves of the 2 cherry trees that we had to spray but all 5 trees are happy and health a month in
July 28, 2017
6 months ago
Growing Zone:
Cherry tree
Wonderful little tree can't wait for her to get bigger don't have any problems what so ever
June 22, 2016
Pembroke Pines, FL
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
Not doing well
So far two out of three of my trees are doing poorly. They are in a excellent location and should be doing well
June 26, 2017
9 months ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Black Tartarian Cherry Tree

Black Tartarian Cherry Tree Planting Diretions

The Black Tartarian cherry (Prunus avium ‘Black Tartarian’) is a compact cherry tree that is a great addition to any home, landscape, or orchard. Growing in USDA zones 5-8 and quickly reaching a mature height of 15 feet tall and 10 feet wide, the Black Tartarian produces loads of dark red cherries usually within the first 2 years. These cherry trees are not self fertile, so they will require an additional cherry tree for production, see the pollination chart below for compatible varieties.

Location: Choose a sunny spot that will give your cherry tree a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. Although it will thrive in almost any kind of soil, avoid locations where the soil will remain soggy for prolonged lengths of time.

Planting Instructions:
1) Dig a hole that is as deep as the root ball and three times as wide.
2) Place the roots in the hole and fill the hole about half-way with soil, tamp to remove air pockets then fill the hole completely.
3) Water to secure the tree and remove any additional air pockets in the soil.
4) Add more soil if necessary after settling.
5) Spread a layer of mulch over the soil around your cherry tree to help keep the soil moist, encourage healthy growth and protect your tree against competing growth.

Watering: During the growing season, if your tree receives at least an inch of rain every 10 days then no additional irrigation is necessary. If the season is hot and dry then you may need to provide some additional water. The best way to water is by using a slow trickling garden hose left at the base of the tree. This will allow the water to penetrate the soil more deeply and prevent it from running off over the soil surface. Make sure the ground is fully moisturized all around the root system. Mulching will greatly assist in maintaining soil moisture.

Pruning: A year after planting your cherry tree, prune your tree in the late to end of winter while dormant. Shape the tree to encourage horizontal branch growth with space between branches. Prune once a year as necessary to remove weak, drooping branches. These are usually poor fruit bearing branches and removing them will encourage positive air flow and healthy growth. Also make sure light can penetrate the center of the canopy.

Fertilization: Good, nutrient rich soil should only require the addition of nitrogen. Fertilize in the spring and midsummer using nitrogen fertilizer twice annually applying 2 weeks after planting and 4 weeks after the first application. Use a complete fertilizer such as 10-10-10 and apply at the rate of 0.05 pounds of actual nitrogen per dose. Fertilizer application ratios vary upon the formulation so be sure to follow package directions. When applying, be sure fertilizer is 6 to 8 inches away from the trunk around the tree to prevent the roots from burning. Organic fertilizers such as manure or blood meal are highly discouraged as their nitrogen levels cannot be measured. Keep in mind that cherry trees require high levels of nitrogen early in the season and lower levels during the late summer.

Pests: Cherry trees can be susceptible to brown rot. The best prevention for this problem is proper pruning to provide good air circulation. Be sure there is ample room between branches. Remove any infected blossoms, fruit or leaves and inspect your tree continuously to catch any early signs of the disease. To spot brown rot, look for brown, soggy flowers or mummified looking fruit on your tree. For control once the disease is recognized, use a sulfur spray 4 times: when flower buds are pink, when flowers are open, right after petal fall, and 2 weeks after petal fall.

Pollination Chart: The Black Tartarian is not self fertile and therefore requires a pollinator for your fruit to set. Here is a list of “partners” that will offer the necessary cross pollination.

Bing Cherry Tree
Lapins Cherry Tree
Montmorency Cherry
Rainier Cherry Tree
Stella Cherry Tree
Royal Ann Cherry Tree


Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
excellent shape on arrival, doing well so far
david b on Oct 28, 2017
I already have a bing and a montmorecy and this one is a good pollinator for both so will go right between!
Bradley R on Aug 3, 2017
excellent shape on arrival, doing well so far
david b on Oct 28, 2017
Bought this because I needed a tree to cross pollinate with my Bing. This variety seemed to be a hardy variety. This is my first time planting fruit trees.
Cheri M on Oct 1, 2017
I already have a bing and a montmorecy and this one is a good pollinator for both so will go right between!
Bradley R on Aug 3, 2017
Love to eat cherries, so why not grow them in my own backyard?!
Maria M on Jul 29, 2017
I like cherries
wilton Runkle A on Jul 24, 2017
Love cherries! Plus when I was a kid we used to have a producing cherry tree until lightning struck it one day. :( Plus these look like they're absolutely delicious!
Christopher H on Jul 21, 2017
Food prices going up.
Nicki S on Jul 8, 2017
this will compliment the bing that is growing nicely already.
richard e on Jul 3, 2017
I love cherry,s
Ray J on Jun 27, 2017
Like Cherries
Nicholas P on Jun 25, 2017
My Wife loves Cherries. We bought a new house with 3 acres and only a few trees. We love plants. You have some very nice trees and plants.
John B on Jun 15, 2017
Husband and grandchildren love cherries
Laurie K on Jun 14, 2017
had it for some time over a year --currently 4-5 feet tall but not even one flower nor fruit --but it is groving nicely
j j on May 30, 2017
Because my husband loves the dark sweet cherries. Also bought a Rainier because other customers said they loved the taste of them. We also have a Stella we bought two years ago.
Barbara G on May 17, 2017
love the fruit
Adrian K on May 14, 2017
For the fruit
Nicholas C on May 13, 2017
I like
rodney l on Apr 26, 2017
My friend had it. I try and I like it taste.
Phong P on Apr 23, 2017
pollinator for Rainer cherries
Nelson1240 on Apr 21, 2017
GEORGE E on Apr 19, 2017
for eating
Brian K on Apr 18, 2017
Need second cherry - wasn't available last fall when I purchased first one. Not a fan of bing cherries, so I thought I'd try this one.
Joanna I B on Apr 16, 2017
Wanted Cherries just like in the store!
Tami D on Apr 10, 2017
The kids wanted some
timothy h on Apr 3, 2017
For cross pollination with Rainier Cherry trees + enjoy in their own right!
David K on Mar 29, 2017
A good pollinator. And its height.
Haili L on Mar 14, 2017
I like them
Karen P on Mar 9, 2017
want to grow with out chemicals
Jean G on Feb 15, 2017
wife likes cherries
ihor stefan b on Feb 9, 2017
I chose these because I like to eat them.
Katrina M on Jun 18, 2016
Pollinator for Bing
Jerry L on Jun 18, 2016
I needed a pollinators for my Rainier Cherry Tree.
Robert B on Jun 16, 2016
I like cherries
Duane L on Jun 16, 2016
I love cherries.
Antonio C on Jun 11, 2016
I've always wanted to pick fresh cherries from my yard. I needed a pollinator for a big old Cherry tree that hasn't really been fruiting. So excited to see how this little guy grows up.
Elizabeth M on Jun 10, 2016
Cross pollinate with existing/surviving cherry tree
Martha K on Apr 17, 2016
Ohhh I want to fulfill my mom's desire. She likes cherry too much.
Alfred D on Apr 15, 2016
i love cherries
Samantha D on Apr 11, 2016
To Cross pollinate my Rainier Cherry Trees... Rainier Cherries are the BEST YUMMMMMmmmmmm!!!
Angela R on Apr 4, 2016
Have had success with this type on a family farm
Rhonda F on Apr 1, 2016
My sons love cherries so what better way to get my grandkids to like them. Pics coming with progress...
Leroy H on Apr 1, 2016
I need these two help the other trees I have planted. Dwarf sweet cherry Stella, and semi Dwarf Ga. Peach.
Robert Jake S on Mar 29, 2016
I needed a branched, dwarf pollenizer for a Bing from an established vendor that offered a warranty. Fast-Growing-Trees met these requirements.
Jeffry G on Mar 29, 2016
wanted to combine with bing cherry tree for variety.
gregory m on Mar 22, 2016
Looking for a dark sweet cherry for desserts and jellies.
Tonia M on Mar 20, 2016
Jerry S on Mar 20, 2016
High rated for bing pollinator
Kenneth P on Mar 12, 2016
some good eating and pies
Norma R on Mar 10, 2016
I chose this Cherry tree because it is a good pollinator for my Bing Cherry Tree.
William W on Mar 4, 2016
We are trying to get a variety of fruit trees and thought this would be easy to grow, plus we love to eat cherries.
Johnny D on Feb 13, 2016
Bought this because I needed a tree to cross pollinate with my Bing. This variety seemed to be a hardy variety. This is my first time planting fruit trees.
Cheri M on Oct 1, 2017
Love to eat cherries, so why not grow them in my own backyard?!
Maria M on Jul 29, 2017
can black tartarian cherry polinate with another black tartarian do I need a different kind of cherry tree to pollinate a black tartarian?
john boy on Jun 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The guidance for sweet cherries is to plant ANOTHER VARIETY that blooms at the same time, not another of the SAME VARIETY.
What if I only have room for one? Will it still bare fruit? Also, will it grow ok is partially filtered light?
Marian B on Mar 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I'm not sure about the filtered light, but I'd read that the Black Tartarian requires a cross-pollinator to work best, so I planted a Bing cherry nearby it. They are only a year old, so hopefully I'll see what happens next year, when they bloom.
Can I have this kind of plant as a patio plant and still bear fruits?
Rachel C on Jul 14, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can
Do the deer bother cherry trees?
A shopper on Jul 14, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, deers love eating the leaves of the tree. They were eating off a branch of leaves in front of me few days after we planted the tree on the ground. We ended up building a fence around the tree to keep the deers out.
will this tree produce fruit in daytona beach fla ?
Carlos R on Jun 3, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Black Tartarian is recommended for zones 5-8 and you are in a zone 9.
is july too late to plant 5 to 7 t cherry trees.and how long before they produce cherries?
A shopper on Jul 9, 2014
BEST ANSWER: It probably depends on what area/climate zone you are in. I wouldn't say "too late", but I would not expect any fruit to appear this season. It can take a few years for the trees to fruit depending on a variety of factors, especially after the shock of transportation and replanting. By the second year they come back from the winter season stronger than the first year. Also what is NOT mentioned in the product description is that in order to pollinate and cause the fruit to form, it requires a second cherry tree AND it often has to be a different species. Bing requires Black Tartarion or similarly different type of cherry in order to achieve fruit by two and research the pollination match prior to ordering.
Good Luck!
A what does chill hours mean?
Georgine Z on Jan 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Many fruit trees require cold weather in order to generate fruit once they warm up. "Chill hours" is the number of hours required for your trees to accomplish this cycle. Typically, it is the number of hours of *freezing temperatures* required.
Will the Black tartarian cherry tree not
Produce cherry's without pollinating?
Breebree on May 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The Black Tartarian Cherry tree is not self-fertile and would need to be pollinated with the Bing, Lapins, Montmorency, Ranier or the Stella Cherry.
Do they need cross pollination and can a tartarIan cross pollinate with a Rainer tree?
Sharon E on Feb 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes they do need a pollinator and the Black Tartartian will cross pollinate with with Rainier.
Do i need to buy more then one tree for it to pollinate?
Rookery on Sep 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You would need a Pollinator for the Black Tartarian. The Bing, Raineer, Stella, Van or a Lapins Cherry would be good choices.
I planted my tree last year it's doing good. Should i prune it this year?
Leroy H on Apr 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: A year after planting your Cherry Tree, prune your tree in the late to end of winter while dormant. Shape the tree to encourage horizontal branch growth with space between branches. Prune once a year as necessary to remove weak, drooping branches. These are usually poor fruit bearing branches and removing them will encourage positive air flow and healthy growth. Also make sure light can penetrate the center of the canopy.
Can the tartarian be planted in a large container indoors?
Anna A on Sep 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The Black Tartarian Cherry could not be grown indoors because it requires chill hours of 700 hours. It needs to be outside to get those chill hours in order to produce cherries.
Can I grow it on the patio or indoors?
Yvette K on Jul 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I would doubt it. My tree is in its' second season and is about nine feet tall. Plus the planting instructions indicate a three foot hole should be dug for proper planting. Be careful to spray the tree from time to time to prevent beetles from feasting on the leaves.
can a newly bought black tartarian tree can cross pollinate with an older matured cherry tree?
Donna b on Jun 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, just make sure it pollinates with a Bing, Lapins, Montomrency, Rainier or Stella Cherry Tree.
Are these sweet or tart?
Barbara B on Mar 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The Black Tartarian is a medium sized purplish-black sweet cherry. Flesh is dar red, very rich and delicious. This Ripens in lat June and it needs a pollinator of a Bing, Raineer, Stella or Lapin.

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