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Although there are no varieties of sweet cherries (like Bing, Black Tartarian, Royal Anne) that are hardy this far north, pie or “sour” cherries are much hardier. With care, they will flourish and fruit here! Not truly sour, these are the bright red cherries used for pies, cheesecake topping, etc. They are also delightful eaten fresh...just ask our nursery crew! (They like to blame it on the birds.)

Late Spring frosts may occasionally kill the blossoms on these early-blooming pie cherries, a problem which can be partially prevented by planting in a protected spot near a house or barn. Because cold air flows downhill, try to plant cherry trees on or near the top of hillsides. They grow best in rich, well-drained soils. They should be screened to prevent rabbit and rodent damage.



How long before it fruits?

A pie cherry will begin to bear fruit in 2 to 4 years if given good care and planted in a favorable location.

Cold-Hardy Cherry Trees for Sale (2024):