Montmorency Cherry

Prunus cerasus

Under Power Lines:
Yes, but not as a street tree

Street Tree Planting:
No—fruit trees are not allowed as street trees.

A small deciduous fruit tree, blooms in mid-spring and produces fruit 3-5 years after planting. This tree thrives in our climate, is self-pollinizing and will produce abundant fruit once mature.  It is prized for its glossy red, sour tasting cherries, which are renowned for pie making.

Mature Height:
10 feet

Mature Spread:
15 feet

Deciduous tree with dark green leaves from early spring to late summer. 

Delicate white blossoms in early May.

Sour, bright red cherries are ready to pick in July and great for making pies.

Cultural Notes:
Needs at least eight hours of full sunlight to produce robust flowers and fruit. It can be planted in a variety of soil types but the soil must be well-drained.

Potential Problems:
Potentially susceptible to diseases common to the genus such as leaf spot, powdery mildew and necrotic ring spot. Most of these diseases can be avoided with proper care.

Minimum Planting Distances:

  • 3 ½ feet back from the face of the curb
  • 5 feet from underground utility lines
  • 10 feet from power poles
  • 7 ½ feet from driveways (10 feet recommended)
  • 20 feet from street lights and other existing trees
  • 30 feet from street intersections

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