[NAFEX] Sour cherry cultivars for zone 6b/7a

Douglas Woodard dwoodard at becon.org
Tue Dec 13 03:31:58 EST 2011

The classic sour cherry of North America is Montmorency, an amarelle 
(yellow flesh, light coloured juice) which dominates commercial 
plantings in Michigan and in the Niagara Peninsula. I hear good things 
about English Morello, a smaller tree. Some mostly less hardy recent 
introductions from Europe are listed by Cummins Nursery.

The late Henri Bernard of Quebec thought well of Fruchtbare von Michurin 
(name translates roughly as Michurin's Prolific, I think a Morello (dark 
juice) of Russian origin), supposed to flower 9 days after Montmorency. 
Ken Taylor of Montreal reports it extremely regular in bearing even 
after the test winter of 1994-95. Vineland Station here tells me the 
flesh tends to stick to the pit. Dr. Amy Iezzoni (Michigan State U.?) 
had it in the collection there.

Re the U. Saskatchewan dwarf cherries, it gets hot on the Canadian 
prairies. The main climatic difference aside from daylength would likely 
be humidity in New Jersey. I think they would be worth testing if you 
have a little space and money to spare.

Doug Woodard
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Zone 6b/7a

> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Steven Covacci
> Sent: Saturday, December 10, 2011 9:29 PM
> To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: [NAFEX] Sour cherry cultivars for zone 6b/7a
> Group:
> I just learned that, perhaps, planting an 'Evans' (aka 'Bali') sour cherry
> (P. cerasus) in zones warmer then 4 or 5 might result in a tree which is a
> failure: less productive and more prone to insects ruining the fruit - that
> there would not be enough chill hours.
> Hopefully, my 'North Star' will be fine.
> What is a sour cherry that is not a hybrid (i.e. w/P. tomentosa) that would
> be good for zone 6b/7a?
> Lastly, speaking on sour cherry hybrids, does anyone think that the SK dwarf
> sour cherry series will do ok for me, or too hot here?
> Thanks,
> Steve; NJ 6b/7a

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