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Montmorency cherry

The classic tart cherry variety for American cherry pie.

USDA identification images for Montmorency

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.


    Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

    Visitor reviews

    • 21 Apr 2016  ILLINOIS/MACON, United States
      Excellent cherry that is usually used for pies. However, if fully ripe or even somewhat over ripe it has an intense cherry flavor. It is still somewhat tart but good for eating fresh if you like tart apples, berries, etc. Good yielding tree that blooms later than most sweet cherries and is more resistance to cracking than sweet cherries as well. I have one mature tree, I wish I had half a dozen.
    • 04 Sep 2013  MA, United States
      I have a Montmorency cherry tree. The cherries are wonderful in pies, in crisps, and preserved in brandy.

    Tree register

    United States

    Canada

    New Zealand

    • Maren in Bulls, RANGITIKEI

    Spring blossom records for this variety

    2022 season

    • 13th May  2022  - tree owned by Laura in Gatineau, Canada

    2017 season

    • 15th April  2017  - tree owned by Richard in Decatur, United States
    • March  2017  - tree owned by Rp in Annandale, United States

    2016 season

    • March  2016  - tree owned by Rp in Annandale, United States

    2014 season

    • March  2014  - tree owned by Rp in Annandale, United States

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    Harvest records for this variety

    2017 season

    • 3rd week June  2017  - tree owned by Rp in Annandale, United States

    2016 season

    • June  2016  - tree owned by Rp in Annandale, United States

    2014 season

    • 2nd week June  2014  - tree owned by Rp in Annandale, United States

    2013 season

    • 2nd week July  2013  - tree owned by Gary in Chesaning, United States

    Origins

    • Species: Prunus cerasus

    Using

    • Picking season: Early
    • Cropping: Heavy
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1-3 days
    • Flavor style (apples): Sharper
    • Food uses: Culinary

    Growing

    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
    • Flowering group: 5
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Organic culture: Suitable

    Climate

    • Cold hardiness (USDA): (4) -30F / -34C
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)

    Identification

    • Country of origin: France
    • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Red

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    The following orchards grow Montmorency:

    United States




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