Early Richmond Sour Cherry Tree

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An heirloom variety believed to originate from England in the early 1500s, the Early Richmond Pie Cherry is prized for its high yields and beautiful ornamental qualities.

Early Richmond blooms in early April with a showy display of white flowers. Known to ripen up to a week earlier than other cherry trees, the Early Richmond offers a bounty of bright red, sour cherries in early June. These sour cherries are plump and juicy with some bitterness. The tart flavor is perfect for baking classic cherry pie, cobblers and other desserts. Whatever is left, the songbirds will happily enjoy.

This hardy and widely adaptable cherry tree is self-fertile and does not require a pollinator. Already smaller than other cherry trees, the Early Richmond can be pruned to stay a moderate size, perfect for your home orchard!

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Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest June
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Tart
Texture Crisp/ Juicy
Years to Bear 3 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 9
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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 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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