Cherry - 'Montmorency' Cherry Tree
'Montmorency' is one of the most popular dessert cherries in North America. Boasting large, bright red fruit and excellent cold-hardiness, 'Montmorency' is self-fertile and will produce even more fruit when paired with another cherry variety for pollination. It's sour cherries are firm and juicy and delicious eaten fresh but most especially in pies, preserves, and juiced. There are many health benefits from cherries and their juice. The flavor is tart and tangy. Montmorency is very cold hardy and disease resistant. Ripens in late June. Self-fertile. (As a side note, this is one of Simply Sunshine's favorite cherry varieties for making pie filling.)
An excellent edible shade tree, this zone 4-8 cherry tree reaches about 18-25′ tall and wide at full maturity under ideal conditions. Like all fruit trees, this tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. Please note: Various Prunus species are winter hosts of the Damson-hop aphid, Phorodon humuli, which is destructive to hops Humulus lupulus just at the time of their maturity, so it is recommended that plum trees not be grown in the vicinity of hop fields for their protection.