Balaton® Pie Cherry Tree

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About the Balaton® Pie Cherry Tree

Originating from Újfehértói, Hungary, the Balaton® Pie Cherry Tree is a cherished variety renowned for its versatility and luscious fruit, reminiscent of the Montmorency but larger and firmer in texture. This tree offers an extended cherry-picking season, allowing enthusiasts to savor fresh, bright red cherries for a longer harvest.

Introduced to the U.S. around 1998, It was introduced commercially under the name Balaton®. Interestingly, the name “Balaton” was chosen in honor of Lake Balaton in Hungary, despite the tree’s origin being far from the lake. This decision was influenced by the desire to maintain the Hungarian heritage of the tree’s name, with “Balaton” chosen for its easy pronunciation.

Characteristics and Uses for the Fruit

Ideal for a myriad of culinary uses, including fresh-eating, cooking, canning, freezing, juice extraction, pies, and delightful jellies, the Balaton® cherry tree stands out with its remarkable attributes. Notably, it yields sweeter, firmer, and larger fruit compared to the Montmorency variety. Its versatility makes it a coveted choice for various culinary endeavors, allowing for an array of delectable creations.

How to Grow the Balaton® Pie Cherry Tree

The tree showcases steady growth, typically averaging between 12 to 36 inches per year, flourishing in conducive conditions. While self-pollinating, the Balaton® Pie Cherry Tree yields larger crops when cross-pollinated with another pie cherry tree. Ripening in late June, this variety promises a bountiful harvest, extending the joy of indulging in fresh, vibrant cherries with their distinctive bright red juice.

The Balaton® Pie Cherry Tree, a joint introduction by Hungary and Michigan State University, continues to captivate with its delectable fruit and adaptability in various culinary delights, embodying the essence of Hungarian heritage and versatile cherry enjoyment.

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Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Mid
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Late June
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Tangy
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 3 - 5
Zone Range 5 - 8

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 12 - 15' tall x 12 - 15' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 12 - 15' apart to ensure room for growth.

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatibility range of this variety before ordering.


This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. Plant one of these varieties within 100' for best results.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow cherry trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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