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Montmorency Cherry

Prunus cerasus 'Montmorency'

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Growing Zones: 4-8
(hardy down to -20℉)



Growing Zones 4-8
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

12-15 ft.

Mature Width:

12-15 ft.

Sunlight:

Full Sun

Spacing:

8-10 ft.

Growth Rate:

Moderate

Drought Tolerance:

Moderate

Harvest Time:

July

Fruit Color:

Red

Year to Bear:

Fruits 1st Year!

Chill Hours (minimum):

500

You are in an area with ~1800 chill hours

Botanical Name:

Prunus cerasus 'Montmorency'

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AZ, CA, ID, WA



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The nation's most popular dessert cherry

Chances are that if you've had a cherry on top of your ice cream sundae or an unbelievably delicious slice of cherry pie, then you have tried the Montmorency cherry before. These large, bright red cherries are the USA's most popular cherry and you can grow them in your own yard.

Montmorency cherry trees produce buckets of juicy cherries with an irresistible tart flavor, perfect for your favorite recipes. Every summer you will get to harvest tons of plump fruit. Friends and family members will keep coming back for more and more of your blue ribbon cakes and tarts.

Not only do these trees produce buckets of fruit, they also make attractive additions to any landscape. They grow about 12 to 15 feet tall and 12 to 15 feet wide in a symmetrical oval shape giving yards a picturesque fruiting shade tree. Due to their self-fertile nature you will only need one for a huge amount of fresh cherries year after year.

Every year once spring arrives Montmorency cherry trees erupt with hundreds of white blossoms. This tree is a delight to watch as beautiful blooms emerge and transition into delectable sour fruit.

This low maintenance cherry tree thrives in a variety of poor soils all over the country. They are even the perfect cherry tree for Northern climates because they survive heavy snows and temperatures down to -30 degrees (F).

The secret about Montmorency's delicious cherry flavor is out and everyone is rushing to get their hands on a few of these trees. They are selling out fast, be sure to get yours today before they're gone!





Montmorency Cherry Pollination


Montmorency Cherry are self-fertile. You will get fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional pollinator will drastically increase the size of your crop. Below are the most effective pollinators we have chosen for your area...

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Customer Reviews

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We are having some drought issues and intense heat ( heat index > or = to 200 degrees. Due to this, tree shows some stress, but still ok and growing.
Had 25 cherries the first year! It wintered well in growing zone 8. I was afraid it might not have enough cold hours here, but it did well. Arrived in good condition. We are having some drought issues and intense heat ( heat index > or = to 200 degrees. Due to this, tree shows some stress, but still ok and growing.
June 30, 2016
Dublin, GA
Purchased
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
8
Just in the ground
We just got our tree a couple of weeks ago. Pleasantly surprised that Fast Growing Trees would ship mid-season, as others we contacted would not. Having said that, our tree came in good time and in good shape. It is in the ground and so far seems to be taking well. I guess we won't really know until after it has wintered here. Too soon... but already looking forward to the spring!
August 24, 2015
Purchased
over 2 years ago
first year cherrries!
We planted our Montmorency cherry tree last year. This spring our healthy little tree was covered with blooms. For the first crop we only expected to be able to taste a few cherries. We rigged a frame to net and keep the birds away from our fruit. We actually had enough cherries to make 6 small tarts that were delicious. We hope to have enough for a full pie next year.

This is a beautiful little tree for small city yards and the fruit matches all our childhood memories of delicious sour cherries for great cherry pie. Plant one..... You'll love it!
August 6, 2016
Cincinnati,, OH
Growing Zone:
6
Cherry tree came packed excellent as usual and in good health
September 28, 2016
philipsburg, PA
Purchased
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
5
Cherries
Cannot wait to get cherries! I'm a little concerned in that the tree leaves are still drooping. I planted the tree the day after arrival and have watered it regularly and/or has received rain on a regular basis. Leaves are still drooping. I'm supposing it needs to get more of a root system before it perks up.
May 10, 2017
Purchased
9 months ago
Growing Zone:
7
Great cherry tree
I planted it last fall and was half expecting it to die away. The soil in my area is mostly clay (Kentucky). I planted it in a little bit of miracle grow soil to give it a better chance and now it is thriving. It is the second year and it has already produced a handful of flowers, which to me is a good sign I will get fruit in a few more years if not next year. Growing strong and green!
May 10, 2017
Louisville, KY
Purchased
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
6
Growing very well
Overwintered very well and is leading out nicely. The bark has that beautiful cherry wood tone.
May 10, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
7
My tree arrived very quick and in a very good condition. We planted it the same day and since its been very hot here in New York, I am watering it every day. Can't wait to see its blooming in the spring.
July 21, 2016
Oceanside
Purchased
1 year ago
Could tell right away three was healthy & well cared for!!!
I bought 4 trees from Fast Growing Trees!! Most excited about Montmorency Cherry!! It has beautiful, abundant blooms (means cherries) first year!! I know I'm going to make cherry syrup, cherry pie, cherry smoothies!!! Always wanted a Montmorency Cerry Tree!!!
May 3, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
4
I love my trees. They are still new and have not had a chance to grow much but they were received in beautiful shape.
May 16, 2017
Purchased
9 months ago
Growing Zone:
8

Planting & Care



It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Montmorency Cherry


Montmorency Cherry  Planting Diretions

The Montmorency Cherry tree (Prunus cerasus 'Montmorency') is a low maintenance, very adaptable fruit producing tree that loves full sun and can tolerate very cold temperatures. The tree is a moderate grower maturing to a height/width of 12-15 feet and are most commonly planted in USDA growing zones 4-8. These particular cherries are also favored as they are self-fertile which means you only need the one tree for the delectable sour cherries to form but you will get considerably more cherries by having two near one another. The Montmorency cherry tree is considered to be the USA’s most popular cherry to grow in your own yard!

Planting Instructions:
1) Make your hole three times as wide and just as deep as the root ball.
2) Place your tree in the hole, carefully spread the roots out and begin back filling the hole. Tamp down the soil as you fill to avoid any air pockets from forming.
3) Water to secure the tree and remove any additional air pockets in the soil. Add more soil if necessary after settling.
4) Spread a layer of mulch over the soil around your Cherry Tree to help encourage healthy growth and protect your tree from competing growth (weeds/grasses).

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 mid-summer 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.

Tips:
*Surround your Cherry Tree with a thin layer of mulch each spring.
*In colder climates, avoid fertilizing after midsummer to prevent new growth that won't harden before fall frosts.
*Prevent animals such as rabbits from damaging your tree by placing a circular wire about a foot high around the base of the tree especially during winter.
*To avoid root injury, place fertilizer in a band 6 to 8 inches from the trunk around the tree. Organic forms of fertilizer (manure, blood meal or bone meal) are not recommended due to the element analysis being unavailable and that those nutrients may be released throughout the season.

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Love the taste
Domenico P on Sep 26, 2017
This was recommended to me by a friend for a variety of uses
Kevin K on Jun 29, 2017
Love the taste
Domenico P on Sep 26, 2017
Like cherries and will provide nice shade.
Harold S on Jul 13, 2017
This was recommended to me by a friend for a variety of uses
Kevin K on Jun 29, 2017
I live in a Northern climate and it sounds like this fruit tree does well here. And, your company got good reviews!!
Cynthia E on Jun 18, 2017
I chose this tree for the sour cherries that it produces; perfect for baking.
Dusty P on May 27, 2017
I love to eat cherries, make cherry pie, cherry jelly etc........ and there should be enough to share with the birds too.
J Christopher H on May 22, 2017
Minimal upkeep and Self Pollinating..
Jose P on May 13, 2017
These trees have been known for great health benefits
John S on May 6, 2017
Is a Montmorency sour tart cherry, Self pollinator, fruit first year! wow!!!! ... You show loving care for plants, you desire the plants survival and show knowledge and care to help prevent the plants from suffering in their shipping.
Jayme W on Apr 15, 2017
love the idea of picking cherry's from my back yard
Kevin J on Apr 5, 2017
What the Mrs. wanted.
Russell M on Mar 15, 2017
I have always loved this type of sour cherry, and it always does well in this climate. I have one now that is nearing the end of its lifespan and want to add one before the other has to come out.
Michael G M on Mar 13, 2017
Good large tree.Thanks.Need more!...
allan g on Mar 12, 2017
Good for pies and other recipes ad well as has the ability to pollinate the Bing Cherry Tree we ordered as well.
James H on Feb 18, 2017
Hope to receive 5 feet high cherry tree... Could not find anywhere else
Sergey M on Feb 4, 2017
Chose this cherry tree to plant in a half whiskey barrel and keep on our patio.
Oland W on Oct 19, 2016
my fav fruit---gonna try this one
Rochelle C on Oct 2, 2016
Wanted to have cherries in my yard
Glenn F on Sep 28, 2016
Need a memorial fruit tree for a student who died recently. I know Montmorency will be a fitting, growing tribute to this student.
Randy C on Sep 11, 2016
my kids love it
muzaffar b on Sep 4, 2016
To cross pollinate
Tommie P on Aug 28, 2016
Convenience and that they will bear fruit next year.
Justin D on Aug 22, 2016
Healthy eating
Lee William Conniff W on Aug 11, 2016
Local bakery makes the best pies with this variety of cherries. We wanted our own tree, so we can make our own delicious treats.
Jason A on Aug 9, 2016
Cold resistant.
Nelson D on Aug 9, 2016
Looks like marichino.
Kenneth R on Aug 7, 2016
I have tasted these cherries and they are out of this world for cherry crisp and cherry pies. It reminds me of my mother!
Fern C on Aug 1, 2016
Family favorite
Patti W on Jul 7, 2016
I've read that it's a very healthy, high-yielding cherry tree, & I'd like one in our back yard.
Lela C on Jul 2, 2016
promise of fast growth and fruiting...
paul b on Jun 28, 2016
I have wanted a Montmorency Cherry tree for years, and I know the trees I've purchased before from you have been of excellent quality.
Dianne L on Mar 15, 2016
My mother is Russian and she missed having Russian sour cherries so I figured she would love these . They are great for many cuisines.
Avital S on Mar 15, 2016
Makes great pies!
Cynthia C on Jan 23, 2016
family tradition and to add to my other 2 cherry trees
ZARA W on Aug 25, 2015
Like cherries and will provide nice shade.
Harold S on Jul 13, 2017
I live in a Northern climate and it sounds like this fruit tree does well here. And, your company got good reviews!!
Cynthia E on Jun 18, 2017
Do I need male and a female Tree in order to grow?
dreww on Mar 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It is self-fertile, but will produce a better yield of fruit if it has a mate.
Will this tree cross pollinate ranier cherry ?
Joe K on Jun 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the Montmorency will pollinate the Rainier cherry.
This tree needs fertilizer? If yes how often and what quantities?
Johny on May 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Good, nutrient rich soil should only require the addition of nitrogen. Fertilize 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.
Can I plant this in May in Kentucky and it do ok ?
anthony h on May 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I planted mine in the early fall using some miracle grow moisture control soil to give the roots a loose soil to work with. Mine is growing great this spring. Already has a few flowers on it. I live in Valley Station, Louisville KY.
I am in zone 9 ( Tampa, Fl) this is for zone 8.. so I can not get the tree?
Rimma P on Oct 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I Wouldn't, because I'm on zone 8, and mine have not done well because of the heat, I think they like cooler temperatures most of the year
Are these trees treated with pesticides or fertilizers? Trying to have an organic garden.
Tiffany G on Nov 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: To comply with USDA phytosanitary regulations, we are required to apply a mild chemical treatment to all trees shipped over state lines. This treatment is required to prevent the spread of potentially devastating pathogens from one state to another and is mandatory for all growers. Once your trees arrive, you can use all natural and organic growing techniques to grow organic fruit.
Are the Montmorency cherry trees capable of bearing fruit without corsspolination with another cherry tree or grafting?
Milan R on Mar 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The Montmorency Cherry Trees are self-fertile. You will get fruit with one plant; however an additional pollinator will drastically increase the size of your crop. The following pollinators will be most effective for those which include: Bing, Black Tartarian, Lapins, Rainer and the Stella Cherry Trees.
How long before fruit is produced?
Barbara B on Mar 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It can take a cherry tree 2-5 years to produce.
We have significant amounts of claysoil and wind in northeast, will this tree work ?
Candace N on Sep 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would amend the soil with some good planting mix at the time of transplant. Then they will adapt to the surrounding soil.
will this cross pollinate with a bing cherry tree?
christie g on Aug 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes the Montmorency will pollinate the Bing Cherry.
why it is not deliverable to my address Mtn Home, Idaho 83647 which is covered under zone 6? I read the Idaho rule but don't understand why not? since it is under zone 6.
lg on Aug 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Agricultural restrictions prohibits us from shipping it into your state.
Do you ship it in a pot? Will it thrive in big pot on the patio? I am in NY (full sun)?
Ser d on Jul 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes they will be shipped in a pot and will thrive in a container.

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