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Superb for pies or juice. The fruit from this variety is like Montmorency, but larger and firmer. It ripens over an extended period of time, so you can stretch out your enjoyment of fresh cherries with bright red juice. Originates from Újfehértói, Hungary, introduced to the U.S. circa 1998. Ripens in late June. Self-pollinating, but bears larger crops when pollinated with another pie cherry tree.


Bloom Color White
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

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 8
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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 compatability range of this variety before ordering.

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.

Recommended Pollinators

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. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

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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Why did you choose this?
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Eatting and homemade wine
CHRIS D on Jan 12, 2017
We had this variety at our old house and they did wonder and produced a lot of fruit.
Andrea W on Mar 14, 2016
Eatting and homemade wine
CHRIS D on Jan 12, 2017
It is supposed to be as good or better than Montmorency which I have and love.
HERBERT D on Oct 31, 2016
We had this variety at our old house and they did wonder and produced a lot of fruit.
Andrea W on Mar 14, 2016
I was looking for sour cherry same as I had in Ukraine.
Inna S on Mar 9, 2016
It is supposed to be as good or better than Montmorency which I have and love.
HERBERT D on Oct 31, 2016
I was looking for sour cherry same as I had in Ukraine.
Inna S on Mar 9, 2016
What would be the best pollinator cherry tree with the balaton?
Joan D on Mar 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Balaton is self-pollinating, but another sour cherry variety like North Star or Montmorency would cross-pollinate it for bigger cherry crops.
is the Balaton Pie Cherry tree salt tolerant?
Debbie on Mar 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have not seen anything addressing the salt tolerance of this variety, so I would suggest playing it safe and avoid growing in soil with a high salt content. If you can't avoid the salt content of your soil, then you can grow this cherry tree in a container instead.
How many chill hours required for Balaton Cherry?
Terry K on Jun 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately, this information is not available. I contacted Prof. Lezzoni at MSU who has done the most research with this variety, and even she could not provide an answer. Balaton can be grown as far south as Zone 8, so clearly the chill hours are going to be fewer than many other cherries.
Is there any disease resistance in Balaton?
ann m on Feb 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Balaton?? shows some resistance to fungal diseases, but sometimes extreme heat and/or humidity can still cause a problem. It's best to maintain a spray program, which you can do with natural products. Here's a very good article about that: //

Customer Reviews

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great sour cherry
Very good cherry for pies. Sweeter and larger than North Star or Montmorency. You can eat them fresh, but they should still be considered a tart cherry. Perfect for pies with a lovely dark, red color.
May 17, 2016
over 2 years ago
The Balaton makes a very good pie. While not as sweet as a Bing, we still snack on them fresh.
June 6, 2016
over 2 years ago
Balaton Pie Cherry
love the tree...good grower, 1st year and it has produced cherries
May 20, 2017
1 year ago
Great carefree tree!
I planted a Balaton cherry a few years ago and was so happy with it that I ordered another. They start to produce early, are okay with our erratic spring weather in the Rockies and are rarely bothered by pests. The fruit makes delicious pies and jam.
August 12, 2016
over 2 years ago
This is a hearty tree!
I planted this tree one year ago. The crazy thing has at least 20-30 cherries on it. It seems like a pretty tough tree. A great purchase!
May 23, 2016
over 2 years ago
Balaton pie cherry
Our supreme dwarf cherry is in its second spring and doing fantastic. It had heavy flowers this spring so I believe we will be getting cherries this summer! Yah! Couldn't be more happy with all the trees I've gotten from stark brothers!
May 17, 2016
over 2 years ago
Balaton Pie Cherry
This tree was slow to take off but is now strong and beautiful. Has many flowers and is doing much better than trees bought at Home Depot the same time we planted this one.
May 7, 2016
over 3 years ago
cherry tree is doing great
Our cherry tree is only 1 year old and not producing yet but looks great and is growing well!
June 28, 2017
over 2 years ago
Cherry Trees, no munching.
Both trees purchased this year are growing madly. What made a huge difference between this year's trees and last year's is that I built wire cages to keep the deer away from the young trees. Without the munching, the new trees are thriving. Will need to enlarge the cages until the trees get tall enough to not need them... hoping the eventual cherries will be worth the effort, since there seems to be no other choice to get sour cherries these days.
May 6, 2017
1 year ago
Pie cherry
Growing well should know in a couple years. Trees are in LA and growing vigorously .
May 16, 2016
over 2 years ago
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