Montmorency Pie Cherry Tree
The classic Pie Cherry, the Montmorency Pie Cherry Tree produces abundant crops of firm, bright red, richly tart fruit with clear juice. Montmorency Pie Cherry makes the best Cherry Pies! A self-fertile and naturally dwarf tree, Montmorency will grow 10-12 ft. in height and is hardy to minus 40°F.
Latin Name: Prunus cerasus
Site and Soil: Montmorency Pie Cherry Tree like full to 1/2 day sun and well-drained soil.
Rootstock Description: Colt is considered a semi-dwarf rootstock which produces trees about 80% of standard size. Colt is adapted to most soils and is hardy, vigorous, productive, and forms a well-branched tree. Sweet Cherries on Colt rootstock can grow to 12-15 ft. in height. Compact Stella, Hungarian and Pie Cherries will be smaller.
Pollination Requirements: Self-fertile
Hardiness: Hardy to minus 40°F.
Bearing Age: 2 – 3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 10-12 ft. in height.
Taste: Richly tart
Fruit Skin: Bright red
Bloom Time: Early April
Ripening Time: July-August
Yield: 50+ lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Bacterial Canker can damage Cherry trees. Symptoms of bacterial canker are dead branches and bronze colored exudation on branches or trunk. Apply a fall and winter copper spray to help prevent damage from this disease. To repel birds, you can cover your trees with netting or use flash tape to scare them away.
USDA Zone: 3-8