Meteor Sour Cherry Tree

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About the Meteor Sour Cherry Tree

Experience the allure of the Meteor Sour Cherry Tree, a delightful addition to any garden or orchard. Introduced by the University of Minnesota in 1952, this genetic dwarf cherry tree reaches a compact height of 10-14 feet, making it ideal for smaller spaces or container planting. Admire its early May blooms, as clusters of delicate white flowers blanket the branches, signaling the promise of a bountiful harvest to come.

The large, bright red fruit of this sour cherry tree are ready to harvest in mid to late season, typically only 2-3 years after planting. The tart cherries boast a mildly acidic flavor, perfect for creating delectable pies, sauces, or enjoying fresh off the tree.

Growing the Meteor Sour Cherry Tree

Cultivating the Meteor Sour Cherry Tree is a rewarding endeavor, whether planted in the ground or in a container. Provide this self-pollinating cherry tree with full sun exposure for at least 6 hours per day to ensure optimal fruit production. With its cold-hardy nature, thriving in Zones 4-8, and excellent resistance to leaf spot, the Meteor cherry tree is a resilient choice for gardeners in diverse climates.

Prune the tree in winter to encourage new fruiting wood and maintain its compact shape, ensuring a fruitful harvest year after year.

While cherries are generally low-maintenance trees, they can be susceptible to bacterial canker. Watch for signs of infection, such as dead branches or bronze-colored fluids leaking from the trunk, and apply copper spray in fall or winter to prevent damage. With proper care and attention, the Meteor Sour Cherry Tree will reward you with an abundance of delicious fruit for years to come.

Prunus 'Meteor'

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Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Tart
Years to Bear 2 - 3
Zone Range 4 - 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 4 - 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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