Named from the Montmorency Valley in France where it was first developed, the Montmorency Cherry is the most popular tart cherry in America, accounting for 95% of all production of sour cherries and earning a reputation as the “standard for pie cherries.” Its tolerance for temperature extremes, production, and firmness of the fruit are all attractive qualities appreciated by farmers and shippers.
Wildlife enjoy these sweet fruits as well. Be aware of flocks of birds, they are known to eat the cherries at the first sign of ripeness. Not to worry, draping a nylon or cheesecloth netting over the trees as they start to ripen will help keep unwanted wildlife away.
Here are a few things to note if you’re considering adding one to your yard.
- Grows well in loamy, sandy and well drained soils and has some resistance to drought tolerant (hardiness zones 4-7).
- Medium growing tree, growing up to two feet a year and reaching 8-18 feet at maturity.
- Does best in full sun.
- Blooms clusters of white flowers in late spring.
- Produces bright red cherries with tangy flavor that ripen in late June.
- Has leathery, elliptic leaves with dark green, smooth surfaces.
Tag is in a photo of a Montmorency cherry dish you’ve baked!