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Description

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.

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Mid - Late
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'

Pollination

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.

Shipping Information

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
super healthy for you, especially with low kidney function.
amazing help for you.
ANITA D on Nov 2, 2020
We have had this tree in the past and loved it. Hardy and heavy producer.
Jeanne P on Oct 31, 2020
super healthy for you, especially with low kidney function.
amazing help for you.
ANITA D on Nov 2, 2020
I want to try it in 8b, south Mississippi
Charles C on Oct 31, 2020
We have had this tree in the past and loved it. Hardy and heavy producer.
Jeanne P on Oct 31, 2020
Preferred size for available space. Preferred species of tart cherry tree.
Betty G on Oct 29, 2020
Proven dependable producer.
Delmus F on Oct 23, 2020
Self pollinating, tart
DAWN K on Oct 19, 2020
I had this tree many years ago and enjoyed the marmalade.
ANTHONY P on Oct 17, 2020
The description of the tree and Stark Bros reputation
JULIE on Oct 1, 2020
My two old trees died......
Michael D on Sep 2, 2020
My favorite cherries!!
Diana J on Aug 4, 2020
only one in size i needed
Joanne D on Jun 16, 2020
Because other cherries I wanted were out of stock
Kelly O on Jun 9, 2020
Remember my great aunts trees and she made the best cherry pies,she also taught me to bake and can.
Ann H on Jun 6, 2020
My old one died.
Old Coot on Jun 6, 2020
Wanted another cherry tree and we like to make cherry pie.
Ryan K on Jun 6, 2020
We???ve had a Montmorency before and loved it. Looking forward to the perfect cherry pie!
Sandra O on Jun 5, 2020
Loved the flavor since I was a kid, now that I'm old as dirt some of them may actually make it into pies
Mariann P on Jun 5, 2020
I have past experience with this tree, a prolific bearer, that I bought for my parents.
Buss E on Jun 4, 2020
wanted a sour cherry to go with my sweet cherry
Kim R on Jun 3, 2020
wanted a classic tart cherry
ANITA D on May 30, 2020
Hoping these are the same kind of cherries That I used to pick and eat when I was little.
sang S on May 30, 2020
I have 3 sweet cherry now wanted some pie cherries
PATRICIA L on May 25, 2020
Trying to use as baking, or cooking.
Les W on May 23, 2020
Pollinate balaton pie cherry for bigger crops
Bill K on May 22, 2020
It had the best reputation amongst people living here locally.
Marie K on May 12, 2020
Pie cherry adapted to my planting zone 8b - pollinator for Balaton Cherry
Michael S on May 11, 2020
Need a good pie cherry
Randall H on May 11, 2020
Research and reviews seemed positive. Also delivery date was important vs. waiting until fall.
Dru B on May 11, 2020
to add different cherries to the yard and cross pollinate with Nanking bush cherries
Elizabeth Y on May 10, 2020
IT WAS ALL YOU HAD LEFT! AND IT WAS SUITABLE FOR MY ZONE 4
ROBERT J on May 7, 2020
Great for homemade beer & pies
Jeanne B on Apr 25, 2020
Wanted a good pie cherry
Tim B on Apr 22, 2020
flood killed first one, Japanese beetles got number two, third times the charm I hope.
WILLIAM S on Apr 20, 2020
I???ve grown these for many years and enjoyed them very much.
Joanne O on Apr 20, 2020
Grew up with a cherry tree in my back yard. Loved it.
Basgall R on Apr 20, 2020
Heirloom
Rebecca M on Apr 19, 2020
seemed like a good price for a cherry tree so why not?
Daniel P on Apr 13, 2020
Had one lived many years a good producer
LORENE F on Apr 13, 2020
already have one - love the fruit
Robert Y on Apr 13, 2020
My existing trees are old and dying and we love tart cheeries
Robert B on Apr 7, 2020
my mom and grandmother both grew this variety and it produced fantastic pie cherries!
Jacalyn T on Apr 7, 2020
prior success and satisfaction
bobbie r on Apr 5, 2020
We want cherry pie!!
Jennifer H on Apr 4, 2020
Had one for twenty years. Lost it in a storm last year.
Jeff D on Apr 3, 2020
Appeared to be the best choice available for self-pollinating dwarf fruit tree. Good reviews.
LAWRENCE F on Apr 3, 2020
It is the greatest pie cherry ever!!!
Ronald G on Mar 31, 2020
Have ordered before is a great cherry
Rebecca O on Mar 29, 2020
Like cherries
Ice Rhvonda L on Mar 22, 2020
Super for making pies and impossible to get in the store as canned for frozen
Gay F on Mar 21, 2020
comes in semi dwarf size and good in northern climate
Margaret B on Mar 21, 2020
I want to try it in 8b, south Mississippi
Charles C on Oct 31, 2020
Preferred size for available space. Preferred species of tart cherry tree.
Betty G on Oct 29, 2020
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.
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).
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:

http://www.starkbros.com/products/fruit-trees/cherry-trees/whitegold-sweet-cherry
http://www.starkbros.com/products/fruit-trees/cherry-trees/stella-sweet-cherry

We even have a self-pollinating tree that has TWO sweet cherries on the same tree:
http://www.starkbros.com/products/fruit-trees/cherry-trees/stark-custom-graft-2-n-1-cherry

Let us know how it turns out!
What rootstock are your Montmorency semi-dwarf cherry trees grown on?
Daniel K on Jan 1, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We use several different rootstocks, depending upon the desired result and what is available. For that reason, we're unable to guarantee a specific rootstock.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
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.
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.
Will deer eat this tree?
AP Kid on May 29, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us.The short answer is yes, they will eat anything they can reach. Some will put a protective fence around their tree and others will use a deer repellent to keep them away.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
How do you know when they are ripe?
MOLLY C. on Jun 28, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Cherries picked before they are fully mature will not ripen off the tree. Sweet cherries become firm when ripe (the stems usually stay attached when you pick a sweet cherry), and sour cherries part easily from the stem. Look for heavy, firm cherries with a shiny skin and fresh stem.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Would a Montmorency Cherry do best with another Montmorency or a different variety?
Greg B on Apr 25, 2020
BEST ANSWER: My Montmorency Cherry didn't make it. I had a northstar for 25 yrs that was terrific and produced a lot of wonderful sour cherry's that made incredible pies and looked beautiful in bloom. I only had one tree all those years and it was great. The only reason I would want 2 would be to have more cherry's and with the Northstar that is not a bad thing.
Jack
Hi, I'm zone 8 and they sell this tree at our home depot. I planted one in a cold part of our yard and want another one. Are y'all sure it won't grow here?
Mrs. K on Apr 1, 2020
BEST ANSWER: It will grow but more than likely the heat may prevent it from fruiting. Also, too much (or too little) heat can kill a tree over time. Just an aside, I once bought 7 fruit trees from a big box store, planted them, and only 1 lived, the other 6 were sold to me as dead trees.
When to plant for my zone for best results?
Ethan S on Mar 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. 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.
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.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Are the semi dwarf trees own root?
Susan T on Mar 2, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Hi Susan. I cannot speak directly for Stark Brothers but Mahaleb rootstock is used for semi-dward trees as it only grows to 85% of standard size trees like Mazzard. Hope this helps.
How fast does this tree grow?
Lori K on Mar 11, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Lori, I have a few of these trees in my orchard. I would tell you that the Montmorency cherry tres start off small and grow at a normal pace for a pie cherry tree. They appear to reach maturity in about 5 years and start bearing fruit in apprx. 3 years.
Nice Trees. I really like mine. good luck.
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.
Does this tree spread by roots?
Bob B on Jun 10, 2019
BEST ANSWER: No
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.
Do cherry trees like dry or wet ground?
Tim R on Oct 3, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Cherry trees prefer dry roots with well drained soil.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
When will the Montmorency cherry b shipped to 64068?
Pat S on Sep 7, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We do not have a guaranteed ETA on when more will become available. We are very sorry for this inconvenience and completely understand your disappointment. Rest assured, that if you sign up for a notification, you'll be one of the first to be notified when it becomes available again.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us, remember that we're here for you. Have a great day!

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Why do I get email saying the fruit tree I wanted is now available and you can purchase but when I go to the site to purchase its not available and does not
allow me to buy it ?
Andre on Sep 7, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for reaching out to us. We are very sorry to learn that the item you are interested in purchasing is no longer available to ship to your location in time for fall planting. We may have the item available to ship in December into Spring of 2021. In order to place an order, please give our customer support team a call at 800.325.4180.
Do you ship Stark Montmorency cherry trees to 59901 in fall?
Betty S on Jul 12, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Typically fall shipping is closed for 5b as October and November is usually not a time you can receive and plant successfully in your zone. I would wait for spring planting.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
when while these trees ba available for shipping?
arlene m on Jul 12, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We do not have a guaranteed ETA on when more will become available. We are very sorry for this inconvenience and completely understand your disappointment. Rest assured, that if you sign up for a notification, you'll be one of the first to be notified when it becomes available again.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us, remember that we're here for you. Have a great day!

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I have a three year old tree but it keep losing leaves and the one's on there are tiny. We have sprayed it but there is no change. Do you have any ideas what is going on and what we could do? Thanks.
Kelly S on Jun 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We use fruit tree stakes at the root line in fall and early spring. That keeps the tree healthy and the fruit abundant.
will Bing pollinate with montmorency?
James B on May 22, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Cherry pollination as a rule of thumb has always been Sweet will pollinate Sweet and Tart will pollinate Tart.
If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
is this same as sour cherry?
amir f on May 13, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Yes a pie cherry is a sour /tart cherry.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Can the semi-dwarf tree be trimmed to maintain the size of a dwarf?
Charley's Roost on May 11, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. You may prune the tree, however you do not want to prune more than 25 % off its height as this can effect fruit production.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Can I graft sweet cherry on to Stark?? Montmorency Pie Cherry? Thanks
Junin IL on Apr 26, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I would think so if you look up a grafting video on YouTube. You should be able to figure it out.

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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
Purchased
over 6 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
Purchased
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
Purchased
over 6 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
Purchased
over 5 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
Purchased
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
Purchased
over 6 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
Purchased
over 6 years ago
Montmorency Pie Cherry
I would recommend this product. The tree arrived in good shape and is thriving.
June 3, 2016
Purchased
over 6 years ago