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Cherry Tree, ‘Montmorency’

Grow Your Own Fresh Fruit Trees! ‘Montmorency’ is the most popular sour cherry in America for pies and preserves.
Cherry, ‘Montmorency’ is a self-pollinating sour cherry and it is the classic for making cherry pie. The medium large fruit is bright red (although some trees produce a darker red fruit) with firm, yellow flesh and clear juice. Ripens early. It is a hybrid between sweet cherry x Nanking cherry, P. tomentosa. The tree produces large fruit and has been cultivated in the United States since at least the early 20th century.

‘Montmorency’ cherries are also marketed in dried form, and ‘Montmorency’ cherry juice and juice concentrate is also sold. Since the early 21st century the ‘Montmorency’ cherry has been promoted as a healthful food, due to several purported health benefits. The ‘Montmorency’ cherry matures in early July and will reach an overall height of 15 ft. The ‘Montmorency’ cherry does not require another tree for pollination and thus can be the only cherry tree in your yard.

Basically cherries are planted in two groups named Sweet Cherries or Sour Cherries. The sweet cherry is often grown in the orchard for fresh eating from the tree. Sour Cherries are often planted to use in cooking into jellies, cherry pies, and cherry ice cream. The cherries most popular for eating have derived primarily from the Wild Cherry (P. avium), which has given rise to the Sweet Cherry to which most cherry cultivars belong. The Sour Cherry (P. cerasus) is used mainly for cooking. Both species originate in Europe and western Asia; they do not cross-pollinate each other.


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Plant Details +

Height 15-20' or as pruned
Spacing 10-20'
Hardiness 4-8, -20º to -30ºF
Exposure Full sun
Foliage Green
Fruit Bright Red
Harvest Early July

General Information +

Botanical: Prunus cerasus 'Montmorency'

Cultivator Type: Cherry, 'Montmorency'

Tip: This is the most popular sour cherry in America and it is the classic pie cherry! Water regularly during first growing season to establish deep root system.

Use: Best for Cherry Juice Concentrate, cooking pies or preserves. Fruits, Landscape, Trees.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pollinator: Self-pollinating

Moisture: Water regularly as needed.

Planting Instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. 1. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. 2. Set the tree in place so the crown (part of the tree where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. 3. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly.

Fruit Tree Production: Planting Conditions: When choosing a site to plant your fruit tree(s), there are several factors to consider. 1. Consider the MATURE SIZE of the tree when picking a location and provide adequate space for the tree to mature. A good rule of thumb is to space trees ½ of their mature spread, i.e., if a tree has a mature spread of 20', plant each tree no closer than 10'. Also keep this in mind when planting near structures. 2. Fruit trees prefer full sun. Do not plant trees under other shade trees or near tall structures that will cast shade upon the tree. 3. Plant in well drained soil. Fruit trees do not like to have "wet-feet", in other words, they do not like to be in soils that drain slowly or hold water. Pollination When fruit trees produce a large spring bloom, it does not guarantee a plentiful harvest. Successful pollination must occur to produce viable seed, which leads to the development of fruit. There are several ways in which pollination can occur: some fruit trees are "self-pollinating", others are partially self-fertile and require another tree to provide pollen, usually from the same type of tree but a different variety. Pollination Tips: 1. Plant two or more varieties of the same tree. This is the most reliable way of ensuring successful fruit. This is a good idea even with trees that are self-fertile as more fruit set is likely when they are cross-pollinated. 2. Attract bees to your yard. Bees are the number one source for pollination in all fruits. 3. Avoid using insecticides. Although insecticides can benefit by killing harmful garden pests, they also can kill beneficial insects (bees) and therefore should be used only when absolutely necessary. It is NEVER recommended to use insecticides near your fruit trees when they are in bloom. Growing 1. Thin Fruit. After fruit set, if the tree has produced a large amount of fruit and when the fruits are still small, remove 20-35% of the fruits. This will allow the plant to put all of its energy into the remaining fruits, which will in turn produce larger and healthier fruit. If thinning is not done and the plant produces an over-abundance of fruit, it sometimes will throw the tree into a biennial (every other year) producer. Therefore, it is important to thin fruit when the tree produces a large amount of fruit. 2. Rake Leaves. Do not allow fruit tree leaves to fall and remain on the ground under your trees. They can produce spores that can be harmful to the fruit tree. It is important to remove the leaves in the fall before winter. 3. Pruning. Prune during late winter or early spring before the tree breaks dormancy. It is recommended to prune trees on a yearly basis. 4. Cultural Practices. In areas that mice and rabbits are a problem, wrap the trunk of the tree with a quality tree wrap. Also, avoid mechanical injury with weed-eaters and lawn mowers as damaging the bark near the base of the tree can limit fruit production, stunt growth, and in some cases lead to the death of the tree.