sour cherries usually are a little more tolerant of both heat and cold than
sweet cherries. Montmorency would be a typical cultivar. I like the flavor
of sour cherries even off the tree, but for some people they are too sour.
Interestingly, they often have as much sugar as sweet cherries, but have a
great deal more acid as well.
I live in Ohio in Zone 5; my son lives in Kentucky, and his weather
seems very similar to ours, so I would guess that weather is not why
they don't do well there. I wonder what the reason is?
Any way, we have had a sweet cherry tree (Stella variety) for over
twenty years and it has been doing quite well. It is self fruitful, so
you don't need two of them, and produces a nice sweet cherry that is
very like a Bing, but we often picked them before they were fully ripe,
before we learned that red is not ripe, black is.
Kentucky Di wrote:
When we lived in Arkansas, I planted sweet cherry trees. We didn't stay
there long enough to see how they did, but I did notice that the peach tree
borer got into them more then they did into any of the other fruit trees.
They didn't seem to grow very fast in the 3 years they were in the ground
either, compared to the apples/peaches.
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