We used to have this beautiful cherry tree at my grandmothers when we were
growing up that most of us kids could climb at the same time and had the
very best cherries for making pies then it got black (something??)
Now that I have my place I have been dreaming of having my own cherry tree
but have no idea what kind is best, does it need a mate ( like blueberries
and how long does it take to bear fruit usually? say 5-10 years growth?
Buy a fairly mature tree and plant it early and you will get fruit the same
year, or the next.
Suggest you start by seeing what is locally available, then read up on them
as to what'll give you what you want.
"Fight like the Devil, die like a gentleman."
Some sweet cherry trees are self fertile, others not. Check before you buy. It
take many years to grow if you have the tree on standard rootstock. If you
a proper rootstock, you may accelerate the time to bear fruit. Here in the
area, we tried a Stella Sweet Cherry, which was a self fertile tree.
grew quite rapidly, but only produced a handful of cheeries, so we pulled it
Our Montmorency Sour Cherry does much better here. It is also self fruitful and
a consistent producer every year, even growing in a space with limited sunlight.
A good sour cherry is Bali, probably known in Canada as Evans.
It was developed by Dr. Evans at the University of Saskatchewan.
It's self-fertile and it's a wonderful pie cherry.
Your grandmothers tree may have gotten Black Canker.
Jan in Alaska
USDA Zone 3
PS: I'm grafting Bali scionwood to a Mayday Tree rootstock
today. It's an experiment : )
Bedouin proverb: If you have no troubles, buy a goat.
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