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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

The mature size of this variety depends on the version you choose to plant:
Standard 15 - 18' Tall X 15 - 18' Wide
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15' Tall X 12 - 15' Wide

Recommended Spacing

The space needed for this variety to grow depends on the size you plant:
Standard 15 - 18'
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15'


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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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Amee S on Oct 25, 2019
To someday make cherry pies
John S on Oct 1, 2019
Amee S on Oct 25, 2019
I believe it will grow well in my area, and my husband prefers pie cherries. I've read many good things about the Montmorency variety over many years and decided to try this tree.
Susan D W on Oct 6, 2019
To someday make cherry pies
John S on Oct 1, 2019
Hope these are tart for those future cherry pies.
william S on Sep 30, 2019
I wanted a tart cherry so I thought I would start with this in a semi- dwarf for my yard.
Greg S on Sep 25, 2019
I want to try espalier against my white rock garage wall and think cherries would look beautiful against the white stones
BK B on Sep 13, 2019
I hope my friend in Ohio will enjoy the cherries for her pies!
ANNA MARIE D on Sep 10, 2019
Best for pies
Daniel S on Sep 1, 2019
It's the GO-TO cherry in Wisconsin!!
s r on Aug 12, 2019
We love tart cherries! And these make the best cherry pie.
Linda P on Jul 4, 2019
My little girl want to pick some cherries
Melvin R on Jun 24, 2019
Good pie cherry, good price
Mary S on May 31, 2019
Used to go to a Cherry Farm to pick fruit, closed for years now and want to add to my fruit trees in my yard
Carrie G on May 29, 2019
It grows well in kansas
Jeffrey M on May 27, 2019
For great tasting cherries to make wonderful eating????
Doris S on May 22, 2019
Makes great pies
Stanley G on May 21, 2019
This past winter deer damaged our 2 yr old tree, the same variety. I planted the previous tree as a smaller bare root so I was excited to see a larger potted tree to replace it and hopefully better match the existing fruit trees in the same area.
Bethany R on May 13, 2019
My go-to cherry for baking.
Nancy O on May 9, 2019
past experience was very good with this variety.
Randal S on May 7, 2019
Outstanding flavor, cold hardy, self polinating
Mark S on May 4, 2019
Have had one where I previously lived and the cherries were wonderful for baking and making jelly!!!!
Rebecca H on May 4, 2019
I have had one for years. Lost it this year in a storm. Need to replace
MARIA P on May 3, 2019
I want cherries for baking, and could not find trees in local stores
Karen W on May 3, 2019
We have had this tree in our yard for 30 years and it makes great tart cherry pies. It is starting to die out from age and storm damage so we are starting another one.
Jon B on May 3, 2019
Because I had a Stark Montmorency Cherry tree for about 40 years (from the '70's to the 2010's) and it always bore well.
L N K on Apr 28, 2019
I've successfully grown these before. I enjoyed the results
mark r on Apr 26, 2019
Have ordered this item from Stark at past home and impressed with the quality of the tree, growth & taste
Marilyn L on Apr 25, 2019
Needed to replace a different cherry tree, and Montmorency has been the best performing variety so far for me in NE Oklahoma
Aaron W on Apr 24, 2019
Starting a fruit orchard. I love to bake cherry pies!
Cyndi T on Apr 24, 2019
Past experience with this cherry and price is a good incentive
Joseph M on Apr 22, 2019
I love tart cherries, will turn my yard into a orchard!!!
James A on Apr 17, 2019
Had them before good all around cherry.
Lynnford R on Apr 15, 2019
I like the flavor, size, and color of these cherries.
Bernadean B on Apr 2, 2019
This is the best ???? ever
Nooruddin P on Mar 30, 2019
I love to bake cherry pies and these make the best! Plus, they are beautiful with the red fruit on them!
Carol S on Mar 21, 2019
For pies
Karen K on Mar 13, 2019
I want to grow my own tart cherries
Joyce J on Mar 11, 2019
simply my favorite
lisa h on Mar 10, 2019
I love these cherries
John B on Mar 9, 2019
have had excellent results with this variety
Thomas S on Feb 12, 2019
I have one in my yard and it is doing well. I'd like another.
Carl M on Feb 8, 2019
These are the cherries that do it all. Eat right off the tree, to making pies, cobblers, jams, or even great when roasting ham and smoking meat. You can even dehydrate them and use for making a dry rub seasoning. I know, I make it!
Travis L on Feb 8, 2019
Kayleen E on Feb 5, 2019
King of cherries for a great price!
Thomas T on Jan 13, 2019
Chose as a pollinator for Stark Surecrop Pie Cherry
Elena M on Jan 6, 2019
Late bloom
Randy J on Dec 26, 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
I believe it will grow well in my area, and my husband prefers pie cherries. I've read many good things about the Montmorency variety over many years and decided to try this tree.
Susan D W on Oct 6, 2019
Hope these are tart for those future cherry pies.
william S on Sep 30, 2019
What is the difference between stark Montmorency and regular Montmorency?
Matt E on Mar 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You cannot beat Stark trees. If they carry the name Stark you can be sure they were selected for high quality and quantity of fruit or flowers
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.
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!
Will this grow and produce in the Florida panhandle?
Noralee H on Feb 24, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I'm afraid that is too far south for a cherry tree, which needs a certain amount of chill hours in order to complete the fruiting cycle.
Is it ok to plant sweet cherries and sour cherries together?
Bgar99 on Feb 8, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi, Brenda. Sure you can plant them together, but they will not pollinate one another (despite what you may read on the Internet).
Does this tree spread by roots?
Bob B on Jun 10, 2019
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!
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 it too late to plant cherry, peach, and apple trees in Ottawa, KS?
Janet W on Nov 6, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Because weather and soil conditions vary so much from year to year and even within your zone, it's best to think of your planting time as a range of favorable conditions instead of an exact time.

You can plant new plants and trees: 1) when the ground is not frozen, 2) when daytime temperatures are above freezing (32??F) and below 90??F, and 3) when extreme weather (blizzard, hail, torrential rain, etc.) is not in the forecast. Be sure to keep plants watered if you're transplanting in warm and/or dry weather.
my zone is 7B--will the montmorency cherry grow there?
Janae B on Oct 14, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Mine are doing fine outside of Annapolis, Maryland which is zone 7b. My sweet cherries are setting fruit - my pie cherries just finished their second season so not yet. It has also been 2 strange years - the wettest on record last year, basically a drought this year.
Yellow leaf with black spots, dropping off montmorency cherry tree.
Also beautiful cherries and than when leaves brown the cherries rot on the branches. What can I do? We have had excessive rain
Janet S on Jul 19, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It's likely a common problem called brown rot. In this article, we discuss what causes brown rot and some things you can do to prevent it. //
Although the Montmorency is self-pollinating, do you have another cherry tree that you could recommend to increase yield?
Phil L on May 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: North Star Pie Cherry is a wonderful companion, highly recommended.
What do I use to keep the western cherry fruit fly out of my cherries?
Pam W on Apr 12, 2019
How many years before my purchased tree bears fruit?
Susan R on Jan 16, 2019
BEST ANSWER: You can find the years-to-bear information in the Characteristics section, near the top of the page, underneath the description. This tree takes 3-5 years to bear.
Can I espalier a Montmorency Cherry Tree??
Richard on Dec 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Short answer is: yes. You can espalier practically any fruit tree, including this tree. The dwarf size is the easiest to espalier, but it's almost as easy to do a semi-dwarf. Our detailed article can be found here: // detailed article can be found here: //
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 5 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 5 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 4 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 4 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
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 4 years ago
Stark Montmorency Pie Cherry
Tree still small. First year bearing fruit. Small amount, but can't wait to try them.
May 11, 2016
over 5 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 5 years ago
Montmorency Pie Cherry
I would recommend this product. The tree arrived in good shape and is thriving.
June 3, 2016
over 5 years ago