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Bare Root Cherries
Cherries are one of the most popular fruits in the nation. Breeders are constantly working to provide more varieties for warmer areas in the country. The varieties Lapins and Royal Rainier were the first of these offerings, with chill hours of 400 to 500, but the newest low chill cherries, Royal Crimson, Royal Lee and Minnie Royal, require only 200 to 300 chill hours. Will Florida be the next cherry capitol of the world? Stay tuned...
Good drainage is one of the most important factors in cherry tree success. If your soil does not drain well and you have your heart set on growing cherry trees, consider constructing a raised bed. You can use lumber or railroad ties to enclose the bed and fill it with a good mix of top soil and soil amendment.
Bing Cherry - Standard
Large, firm, juicy, sweet cherry, nearly black when ripe. Has superb flavor, the number one cherry. Ripens late May to mid June. Large, vigorous tree. Zones 5 to 9. 700 hrs. Pollenized by Black Tartarian, Lapins, Van, Rainier, also Stella in colder climates. Available on Mazz.
Black Tartarian Cherry - Standard
Medium sized, nearly black, sprightly flavor. Vigorous, productive tree. Ripens in mid to late May. 700 hours. Pollenizer required; interfruitful with all popular sweet cherries. Zones 5-7. Available on Mazz.
Lapins Cherry - Semi-dwarf
Self-fruitful cherry from Canada. Large, firm, dark red sweet cherry with good flavor. Fruit not prone to splitting. Ripens in early June, 4 days after Bing. Zones 5 to 9. 500 hours or less. Self-fruitful; good pollenizer for other cherries. Available on Max.
Lapins Cherry - Standard
Self-fruitful cherry from Canada. Large, firm, dark red sweet cherry with good flavor. Fruit not prone to splitting. Ripens in early June, 4 days after Bing. Zones 5 to 9. 500 hours or less. Self-fruitful; good pollenizer for other cherries. Available on Mazz.
Rainier Cherry - Semi-dwarf
Large yellow cherry with red blush. Sweet, crisp and flavorful, superior to Royal Ann. Very cold hardy. Mid season harvest(late May/early June). Zones 5 to 9. 700 hrs. Pollenizer required: interfruitful with Van, Black Tartarian, Bing, Lapins and Lambert. Available on Max.
Royal Crimson Cherry - Standard
(Tested as 6GM25) At last, a self-fruitful low chill cherry! Bright crimson fruit with superb flavor. Interfruitful with Minnie Royal and Royal Lee. Ripens in early to mid May. Zones 8-10. 200 to 300 hours. Patent pending (Zaiger). Available on Mazz.
Stella Cherry - Semi-dwarf
Self-fruitful; no pollenizer needed. Large, nearly black, richly flavored sweet cherry similar to its parent, Lambert. Late harvest (early to mid June). Zones 5 to 9. 400 hours. Pollenizes Bing, except in mild winter climates. Available on Max.