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The most popular cherry in the USA! This compact tree bears armloads of ripe, tangy, red cherries, which make mouthwatering, succulent pies and cobblers. Originates from Montmorency Valley, France circa 1600s, introduced to the U.S. in the 1800s. Cold-hardy. Ripens in June. Self-pollinating.


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 Tangy
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 3 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 7

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 7
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 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?
Stark Bro's Store
My folks had one, historically significant
Mark F on Oct 23, 2018
This cherry tree makes the most AWESOME cherry jelly! Everyone I know to share my jelly with absolutely LOVES it!! Excellent easy to grow and productive tree. I highly recommend the fruit for snacking and making jelly.
Cynthia K on Jun 13, 2018
My folks had one, historically significant
Mark F on Oct 23, 2018
My mother always had these from Stark's and I made a KY State Fair Blue Ribbon cherry pie from these cherries. They are the best.
Barbara G on Sep 23, 2018
This cherry tree makes the most AWESOME cherry jelly! Everyone I know to share my jelly with absolutely LOVES it!! Excellent easy to grow and productive tree. I highly recommend the fruit for snacking and making jelly.
Cynthia K on Jun 13, 2018
Had these at our last home for years. They were beautiful and the cherries tasted amazing. Can't wait to have them at our new home again!
JENNIFER W on Jun 7, 2018
Great cherry pie and easy trees to grow!!
Doris M on Jun 3, 2018
i had this variety before a storm destroyed it, the yield was great and they make delicious pie an d cherry preserves.
berna s on May 28, 2018
This is THE cherry for pies! Grown in Door county WI. Glad I can grow it in central WI.
JoAnn G on May 26, 2018
Tart cherries aren???t sold in groceries, but have anti-inflammatory health benefit, so I decided to try to grow my own!
JULIE R on May 22, 2018
For a Father's Day gift - he'll love it!
Cecilia L on May 19, 2018
Had one in the past and it was a great bearer of fruit
Carl M on May 10, 2018
When I was a boy in the 1960s my Dad had two in our yard and my godmother had about ten more across the street, all Montmorency Cherry trees. Years later after the Montmorencys all died on our street, from about 1972 through about 2018 (46 years) I???ve not eaten any. I've long missed those cherries but it has taken me to 2018 to grow them again. They will be grown on my parents' old property in Monessen, PA. We will be just eating loads of raw sour cherries, not baking with them.
Charles M K on May 9, 2018
Planted some apple trees from your nursery and they are doing GREAT!!!!!!!!!!
I figured that the cherry trees would be just as good!
John E on May 7, 2018
The best.
Gene B on May 6, 2018
I have successfully grown one before and produces tons of cherries! Great for pies.
Angela E on May 5, 2018
I love the tart flavor of cherries. Cherry pie is also one of my favorite things. Also, as a juice tart cherries offer many health benefits as well.
HARRY V on May 2, 2018
I have one from Miller nurseries, possibly 25+ years old, and it is in need of a friend. Also, and more importantly, trunk is split, may be on life support soon, will need replacement as it makes the best jam, cobblers.
Richard O on Apr 12, 2018
we bought 2 of these in 2013 & we love them & just want to fill the freezer with more cherries!
PATRICIA M on Mar 7, 2018
We used to have one and they are wonderful.
Becky B on Jan 24, 2018
Always wanted to grow our own Cherries since a friend's family grew them near me when I was a child. These were highly recommended on Stark's site.
MARK K on Jan 5, 2018
My parents had a montmorency tree and I had a neighbor several years ago who had two trees. I enjoyed many cherries from these over the years, and I am buying these for my son and daughter-in-law in the hope that they will think of me as they enjoy the cherries in the coming years.
Sharon W on Jun 12, 2017
Classic sour cherry flavor I grew up with
Wanda C on Apr 15, 2017
I love cherry pies!
Gloria W on Apr 11, 2017
Addition to my sweet cherry tree to balance sweet with tart. I'm thinking cherry pie time!
George R S on Apr 6, 2017
We are planting a heritage permaculture orchard.
Tom B on Apr 2, 2017
This is the type of tree in my backyard growing up in northern IN. It made unbelievable pies and grew big enough to climb in to pick the upper branches (yes they say not not but there were SO many once fully grown).
Kelsey B on Mar 30, 2017
We love tart pie cherries and the reviews seem to indicate this is the best to try.
KAREN W on Mar 13, 2017
LISA M on Mar 12, 2017
Childhood memories of a flavorful cobbler.
TERESA S on Mar 11, 2017
These cherrys are the best pie cherrys in my opinion.
Judith P on Feb 28, 2017
Have 2 of these trees now. Yummy!
Steve on Feb 28, 2017
have 4 trees.they are produciny10 to 15 gallons or more.
Larry L on Feb 27, 2017
My grandmother had one in her yard and it reminds me of her.
Olivia C on Feb 12, 2017
Familiar with the variety.
FRED R on Feb 3, 2017
Good trees with excellent shape for the yard which I purchased before. Excellent flavor and not too big of trees to pick fruit.
John N on Jan 6, 2017
I had these years ago but killed them with CA our drought. Hope to do better this time. I loved these for pies. My favorite sour cherries! I also want to try drying them. They are the same as the Trader Joe dried cherries.
Gwenn W on Dec 13, 2016
Wonderful tasting pie cherry
Mark B on Sep 1, 2016
Greatest pies ever!
Carol P on Aug 25, 2016
This will be my third cherry tree from Stark Brothers. The last one I planted was killed by rabbits. The tree before that was the most beautiful Stark Crimson semi-dwarf. I loved that tree and was very proud of it's appearance as well as it's fruit production. Unfortunately, I believe I killed it trying to get rid of bugs. I was very disappointed to lose that tree. I am hoping this new tree will be as satisfying as my beautiful Stark Crimson was. Thank you for your wonderful products.
Jeff S on Jul 25, 2016
This is a gift for my friend's 75th July birthday. She and I were college roommates and have remained friends since 1959. I have a Montmorency cherry tree and wish her to enjoy one, too.
Sandy Peters
Sandra L P on Jul 6, 2016
My Grandma always used to grow and freeze these cherries. I want to do the same and recreate the summer treats of my childhood!
Courtney S on May 11, 2016
It is generally what we have in our area, very good for pies that I enjoy over other pies .
Edward N on May 7, 2016
They have the tang for a scrumptious pie.
Annette F on Apr 29, 2016
Wanting some fresh cherry pie.
Andy L on Apr 17, 2016
We have one but decided we wanted more.
Linda K on Apr 10, 2016
Hopefully the best for cherry pies.
Barbara S on Mar 30, 2016
I had this variety previously and was very pleased. I lost the tree due to weather this winter and am replacing it for my granddaughter, who loves the sour cherries.
William J M on Mar 28, 2016
Animals don't eat it
Fairly resistant to disease
RAMONA P on Mar 18, 2016
Best cherries!!! Love eating them fresh or in a pie!
Chris P on Mar 15, 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
It is a heavy bearer.
LARRY W on Mar 6, 2016
My mother always had these from Stark's and I made a KY State Fair Blue Ribbon cherry pie from these cherries. They are the best.
Barbara G on Sep 23, 2018
Had these at our last home for years. They were beautiful and the cherries tasted amazing. Can't wait to have them at our new home again!
JENNIFER W on Jun 7, 2018
This is self-pollinating but you recommend planting "pollinating partners" for increased yield. What do you recommend as a partner for the Montmorency?
susan p on Mar 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Another sour cherry tree like Balaton or North Star will cross-pollinate Montmorency.
We want to espalier a cherry tree. Would you recommend a dwarf or semi-dwarf?
Elizabeth M on May 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The dwarf size is easier to manage and will still produce full-sized fruit.
What is the difference between stark Montmorency and regular Montmorency?
Matt E on Mar 5, 2018
does this tree sucker?
Gaylyn S on Feb 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Not in the sense you're probably thinking of. It won't spread or send up suckers anywhere but the rootstock will occasionally branch from the base, which you should prune.
Will the montmorency cherry cross pollinate with any sweet cherry varieties or does it need to be a sour cherry? I would like to get a sweet cherry for eating fresh, but don't have room in my yard for 2 more if it need a pollination partner
Rebecca H on Jul 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Sour cherries won't pollinate sweet cherries, and vice-versa. The happy news is that Montmorency is self-pollinating, and so are many sweet cherries. Here are links to 2 of our favorite sweet cherries, Whitegold?? and Stella:

We even have a self-pollinating tree that has TWO sweet cherries on the same tree:

Let us know how it turns out!
Is this tree prone to disease?
Lynn G on May 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I've no problem with mine. It is 3 years in the ground now with hard winters and lots of moisture ... Still going strong.
Is there a self-pollinating cherry that is good for freezing and canning?
Linda G on Jun 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Sour cherries, like the Stark Montmorency Pie Cherry, are easily frozen or canned for winter baking and more. Plus, they are self-pollinating!
Are the cherries from this tree good to eat right off the tree snacking?
Chris on Jun 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Tart cherries are generally not considered good fresh-eating cherries because they are, well, too tart. That's why you add sugar to a cherry pie. Sweet cherries are a much better choice for off-the-tree snacking.
If I get two, will they pollinate each other, or do I need a different species?
dudeboy1 on Jun 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The same variety cannot pollinate itself. You will need another SWEET cherry (not tart) variety with a similar bloom time in order for good pollinator to occur.
The zone compatibility is zone 4-7. Would I be punching it living in zone 7B?
Steven R on May 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Zone 7 includes Zone 7A and 7B, should it will be fine where you are.
We planted a Stella semi dwarf ? First time we've planted a cherry tree. This may be dumb question but being new to cherry tree care I have to ask so please don't laugh. I noticed 2 tiny red bumps below leaf on stem today? Is this part of tree growth or disease or pest?
Jeannie on Apr 13, 2017
BEST ANSWER: That's not a dumb question at all! Certain plants and trees (including cherries) excrete sweet juice via glands at the base of the stipules. These are possibly galls, too, but the location at the top of the leaf stem suggest that they are glands. If every leaf on your tree has them there, and nowhere else, then they are glands. If that's not the case, we'll investigate further.

Customer Reviews

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Incredible tree!
By the 2nd year, we already had a TON of fruit on this tree. The 3rd year the birds figured that out and stripped it clean in 2 days, so this year we used a net and it's produced SO much fruit! Our soil here is awful, but a little fertilizer and some dormant oil, and this tree is very happy. So far I've had to share with 3 other families, and have gotten 13 half pints of sour cherry jam and half a dozen of pie filling out of it myself (I give away most of the fruit because there's no way we can eat enough!), and they taste great.
June 27, 2016
Stark Montmorency Cherry
This cherry variety grows and produces extremely well here in Oklahoma. It produces cherries in a very short period of time (within 4-5 years) with some cherries produced while a very small tree. Our favorite!
May 16, 2016
over 4 years ago
year 2 and i am already getting cherries
The trees are small but hearty having survived 2 seasons where they have been attacked by insects, starved of sunlight and already one of the 4 is developing cherries. a really nice robust tree.
May 6, 2016
over 4 years ago
So far so good
I wanted to plant a pie cherry tree in the fall so it would have a head start come springtime. Most suppliers I tried did not sell this tree in the fall, but Stark had dormant bare-root trees available. I received the tree, and following the instructions included, was able to hold the tree for 2 weeks before planting it. It set leaf buds in April and is leafing out nicely now. So far so good!
May 15, 2016
over 3 years ago
Stark Montmorency Pie Cherry
My dad purchased a Montmorency pie Cherry from Stark Brothers approx sixty years ago. It was wonderful! The Montmorency pie Cherry I purchased was very good as well! I recommend Stark Brothers trees for any one wanting quality trees at a good price.
May 24, 2016
over 3 years ago
Nice, healthy tree.
I planted this tree a little late in the season, so I would have understood if it had not done well. But it leafed right out and actually has two small cherries on it this year, which I also would not have expected in a tree this age. Overall, it is robust and undemanding. I can absolutely recommend this one.
May 22, 2016
over 3 years ago
My favorite tree in our orchard
We got this tree from Stark Brothers in 2008 as a freebie with our order. It grew well and now puts on a beautiful show of blossoms followed by huge numbers of delicious cherries. The cherries are tasty by themselves and make outstanding pie. Easy to take care of and free of pests in our organic orchard (as long as we remember to put bird netting on!).
April 4, 2017
Stark Montmorency Pie Cherry
Tree still small. First year bearing fruit. Small amount, but can't wait to try them.
May 11, 2016
over 4 years ago
sounded good
This selection sounded good, but the tree didn't make it for us and died the first year. Not sure why. I usually have a green thumb.
May 5, 2016
over 4 years ago
Montmorency Pie Cherry
I would recommend this product. The tree arrived in good shape and is thriving.
June 3, 2016
over 4 years ago