Cherry, Montmorency

Cherry, Montmorency

Prunus cerasus 'Montmorency'

3/8 - 1/2 inch stem diameter at sale, bare root

Sourced from NY


Sour. Yellow flesh. Clear juice.

  • Description

    About Cherries:

    Sour cherries: Used for cooking, baking, juicing, and preserves. Can be frozen or dehydrated. Commonly known as pie cherries. They are tart with firm flesh. There are two kinds: Amarelle-type with yellow flesh and clear juices, and Morello-type with red flesh and red juices. They are harvested between June and August. Sour cherries are competing in the superfood market. This season, FCNRCD is offering Montmorency, an amarelle-type sour cherry.

    Sweet cherries: For fresh or frozen use. May also be dehydrated. Colors range from blackish purple to red to yellow. They are harvested between June and July.

    Brining cherries: These are sweet cherries processed into maraschino through a brining process. Most common varieties cultivated for brining include Bind, Lambert, and Napoleon. FCNRCD is offering Emperor Francis, which is utilized in the northeast for brining.


    Other Names: Prunus cerasus ‘Montmorency’

    Native to: Thought to have originated from the Montmorency Valley of France and brought to the St. Lawrence River Valley in 1760.

    Flower Color:  White, mid-season bloom

    Pollination: Self-Fertile but will benefit from cross-pollination. Common cultivars include: Bing, Sam, Ranier, Stella, Lambert

    Fruit Color: Red

    Fruit Size: Medium-large

    Type: Sour, amarelle

    Harvest in: 4-7 years

    Harvest Window: July or August

    Mature yield: 30-50 quarts when mature

    Mature height: 15-20 ft

    Mature width: 12-15 ft

    Growth Rate: about 1 ft per year

    Light Requirements: At least 6 hours per day

    Water Requirements: 1 gallon or 1 inch of rainfall per week


    • Do not fertilizer in Year 1
    • Subsequent years: Fertilize once a year a couple; apply about 3-6 weeks before bloom.
    • Fertilizer: One lower in nitrogen, a 5-10-10 is sufficient
    • Soil pH: 6.3-7.2

    Pruning: Late Winter

     Disease: Susceptible to cherry leaf spot