Upper branches of Prunus cerasus 'Montmorency' grown in a 7-gallon pot.

Prunus cerasus 'Montmorency' (Semi Dwarf Tart Cherry)

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Prunus cerasus 'Montmorency' is a cultivar of tart cherry that is the most popular tart cherry in America. Noted for its fruit's tangy, rich flavor and heavy fruit set, the key difference between 'Montmorency' and close relative Balaton™ is cherries is the continuation of the dark red color of the Balaton™ variety's skin into the flesh; 'Montmorency' has red skin and lighter colored yellow or gold flesh.

As a semi-dwarf variety, 'Montmorency' grows to 8-12' tall, though other non-dwarf varieties may grow taller.  Prunus cerasus 'Montmorency' produces telltale white and pink-tinged spring cherry blossoms, that turn to mature fruit by mid to late season, typically around mid July. Flowers are attractive to pollinators and butterflies, and fruits are attractive to insects, wildlife, and people! 'Montmorency' cherries can be eaten straight from the tree, but if that's too tart, they're also a popular choice for pies and preserves.

As a heavy-fruiting, self-fertile cultivar, 'Montmorency' does not require a pollinating partner, but if one is chosen for the garden, care should be taken in planting location: Prunus cerasus 'Montmorency' is not native to the United States, and occasionally forms stands when fallen seeds begin to germinate, occasionally out-competing native cherries.

Mature Tree Height: Small: under 15 feet
Sun (6+ hours)
Soil Moisture: Medium and Well-drained
Soil Type: Rich Organic Matter and Wide Tolerance
Bloom Time: Spring
Flower Color: White and Pink
Foliage Color: Green
Features: Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Wildlife, Host Plant for Butterflies or Moths, Keystone Plant, Fragrant, and Fruit
Tolerances: Black Walnut Tolerant
Garden Type: Specimen Tree

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