Growing Zones: 5-8 outdoors(hardy down to -10℉) 5-8 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 14-16 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 10-14 ft.
- Full Sun
- Growth Rate:
- Harvest Time:
- Botanical Name:
- Prunus avium 'Royal Ann'
- Does Not Ship To:
- AZ, CA, ID, WA
Gourmet Sweet Cherries
Known by several noble monikers over the centuries -- Queen Anne, Napoleon Bigarreau, Wellington… and the Royal Ann today, this cherry variety has long been a pedigreed favorite in orchards around the globe.
Cultivated from the sweetest of wild cherries, it is full-flavored and plump. It has a light-colored, yellow skin, painted with brilliant, red blush highlights. Take a bite, and you’ll find the texture refreshing and crisp – a thin outer layer with a juicy, cream-colored interior.
Royal Ann “Rules” the Kitchen
Resembling the Rainier in appearance and taste, the Royal Ann cherry is often mistaken for this more commonly marketed variety. It has a firm, meaty flesh favored for commercial and home canning. It’s also the variety of choice for maraschino cherries – the colorful adornment to summer drinks and craft cocktails.
The Royal Ann is considered a premier, all-around cherry, boasting a variety of kitchen uses. It’s packed with natural sugars, making it a tasty treat straight from the tree or dried and saved for later. It’s commonly used in pies, grilling sauces, fruit-flavored soups, jams and preserves.
The tree blooms in early April with cherries ready to pick mid-summer. Since it’s difficult to gauge ripeness by color, a shiny, plump appearance that’s tender, yet firm to the touch is a good indicator. If your plans include eating your harvest fresh, gather cherries with the stems intact, and keep refrigerated. Don’t wash until you’re ready to use them.
Showy Spring “Plumage”
As its dense “plumage” of dark green leaves fill in, the Royal Ann puts on quite a show, adorning its canopy with white clusters of sweetly, scented blossoms. Like most cherries, the Royal Ann requires a pollinator with similar timing. There are several compatible “mates” for this fruitful tree including the Black Tartarian, Stella, Rainier and Montmorency.
Grows with Vigor
Grafted to the Colt rootstock, the Royal Ann is a semi-dwarf cherry tree. It was cultivated for productivity, so you’ll find it thrives in most soil types, repels serious pests and tolerates colder temperatures, even down to minus 10 degrees!
It takes about 700 annual chilling hours for the Royal Ann to bloom each season. A daily dose of full sun ensures cherries reach maximum size and sweetness. Planted in suitable conditions, expect to see fruit within 1 to 3 years. Once it’s fully established – about 8 years – it remains a manageable 14 to 16 feet while producing up to 50 pounds of cherries in a year. That’s a lot of pies!
Although pests aren’t generally an issue for the Royal Ann, birds can quickly dash your well-laid meal plans. It’s good practice to harvest cherries as they ripen. A small investment in netting will also go a long way in keeping unwanted “diners” at bay.
Treat yourself to gourmet, sweet cherries without ever paying retail again! The Royal Ann “reigns supreme” in sweetness, texture and taste. Call today. Our specialists are standing by to assist in getting you started.
Royal Ann Cherry Tree Pollination
Royal Ann Cherry Trees are not self-fertile. You will need to plant another variety to achieve fruiting.
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Planting & Care
The Royal Ann cherry (Prunus avium ‘Royal Ann’) is a very compact, semi-dwarf cherry tree, only reaching an overall height of 14-15 feet tall and 10-14 feet wide. Growing in USDA zones 5-8, this tree can tolerate cold temperatures down to -10 degrees and will still perform in warmer climates as it only needs 700 chill hours. This sweet, firm cherry has a variety of uses from baking to maraschino cherries. The Royal Ann is not self fertile so it does need a pollinator (see pollination chart below). Quite a sight for the landscape as it has beautiful spring flowers, royal anns also makes a great additions to an orchard for the bountiful fruit it produces.
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.
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 for Royal Ann:
Black Tartarian Cherry Tree
Lapins Cherry Tree
North Star Cherry
Rainier Cherry Tree
Stella Cherry Tree
?„? 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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