Lapins, Rainier and Black Tartarian are available on a Zaiger dwarf rootstock and can be maintained at 8 to 10 ft. Compact Stella, Evans Bali, and North Star are naturally dwarfing trees. Vandalay, Sam and Van are on Gisela 5 dwarfing rootstock and semi-dwarfing Colt rootstock. All other Cherry Trees are budded on semi dwarfing Colt rootstock, giving a tree 20-25 ft. if left unpruned. With summer pruning it can be kept at any height. This rootstock induces early fruiting and productivity. It is resistant to bacterial canker and will tolerate clay soils.
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The main commercial dark sweet cherry. Considered the standard for excellence in flavor since the 1850's. Susceptible to cracking and bacterial canker in wetter climates, Bing cherry is best in hot dry regions such as Eastern Washington.
Genetic dwarfing form of the self-fertile Stella variety. Only growing to about 8-10ft. Dark, heart shaped fruit of good quality, similar to Lambert. Not as crack resistant as Lapins. Compact Stella Cherry is low chill, so it can fruit in the South.
Very early spring bloom, a mass of fuzzy, small yellow star-shaped flowers before the leaves appear. Some of the first flower to appear in spring! Fruit also appear earlier, great for providing food to hungry birds after the winter. Bright, olive-shaped red fruits are edible and appear among the dark green glossy leaves in late summer. Fruit can be eaten fresh, used in pies, preserves and syrups. Reddish-purple fall hues varies year to year. Scaly, exfoliating bark that curls back and can be displayed by removing lower branches to make a tree form. If left alone, will grow as a dense, bushy shrub great for screening and hedges, growing 20 ft. x 20 ft. Full sun to part shade. Well-drained rich soils. Cultivated in Asian and Europe since ancient times, where Cornelian cherry is native. A tough dogwood that is also resistant to anthracnose. Hardy to -30° F. Zone 5-8.
Standard cherry rootstock for sweet, tart and flowering cherries. Hardy and widely adapted, drought tolerant, and well anchored. Resistant to root rot and nematodes. Mazzard Cherry Rootstock makes a large tree so it will require annual pruning to keep it to an easily harvestable size. Excellent for bird food planting. The wood also has timber value. Zone 4-8.
A standard pie cherry with medium to large red fruit. Very productive. Originated in Montmorency, France about 400 years ago. Montmorency Pie Cherry is still considered one of the best pie varieties. Self-fertile. Zone 4-9.