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.

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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
Self pollinating
Jerome H on Apr 26, 2021
Pies
Dennis A on Apr 17, 2021
Self pollinating
Jerome H on Apr 26, 2021
We have had one for years and it split and died so we need another one
Ronald Y on Apr 21, 2021
Pies
Dennis A on Apr 17, 2021
have one already
Frank F on Apr 14, 2021
In stock.self pollinating.
Lynnea E on Apr 13, 2021
I have the best luck, in my area, with this cherry tree. A great performer!
SUSAN G on Apr 13, 2021
I love dried Montmorency Cherries, it will be fun to grow my own!
Rowland S on Apr 12, 2021
I want a tart cherry.
Theresa S on Apr 9, 2021
Best cherries for pies
Jerome on Apr 5, 2021
only one to choose from I wanted a pie cherry
JULANE W on Apr 5, 2021
The gorgeous fruit it produces. Cannot wait for it to arrive. Will look great in my front yard.
Ashley M on Apr 4, 2021
In my zone (8A) my neighbors montmorency is the only pie cherry that survives hurricanes, southern coastal heat and chill hours, and gives the gift of fruit even with very late season hard frosts after 8 weeks of 80 degree weather!
Regina W on Apr 4, 2021
Reviews and description
Nance E on Apr 3, 2021
To replace a tree I lost this week to a tornado. :(
The other tree was given to me by my late grandmother.
Melissa C on Apr 2, 2021
Living Traditions Homestead are trying it in their new orchard so I am trying it with them.
Julie P on Apr 2, 2021
I like them.
Rainer B on Apr 2, 2021
It is self-pollinating and is one of the most highly recommended pie cherry trees.
KAREN W on Apr 1, 2021
You tube video. You have great looking trees.
JOYCE D on Apr 1, 2021
There is a live tree of this specific strain near me
Devon F on Apr 1, 2021
We had 2 of these trees 25 years ago and they produced great tasting cherries.
Barbara B on Mar 31, 2021
I've had wonderful results with Montmorency cherries in the past. My first planting--28 years ago, has started to decline in productivity, so I am planting new trees for future growth.
JerryA on Mar 30, 2021
Makes great cherry pies!
Patricia M on Mar 30, 2021
Love the taste of these cherries in pie and jam!
Jena T on Mar 29, 2021
I wanted a good cherry pie cherry.
Lisa B on Mar 27, 2021
Replace/ add to cherry trees
James B on Mar 27, 2021
My husband loves the tartness of this cherry. We also dry a lot of them for cookies and snacks. Seems to be disease and worm resistant.
Cindy W on Mar 26, 2021
It was the only one left that is hardy to my zone 4b
Michele I on Mar 26, 2021
Space
Donna B on Mar 26, 2021
I was looking for a Cherry tree to add to our yard and this one had great reviews and recommendations. Plus you were out of the Black Cherry
TERRI H on Mar 24, 2021
Wanted a tart pie cherry, had really good reviews and was a self pollenator
Steve P on Mar 24, 2021
I needed a pollinator for a Rainier that I already have, and I wanted a tart cherry. It is the only tart cherry that is listed by several sites as being a good pollinator for Rainier cherries.
Rhonda L on Mar 23, 2021
This sounds like a good cherry tree to have
WILLIAM B on Mar 22, 2021
Love this for canning for pies and desserts and I recently moved and wanted to grow in my new location.
Sharon S on Mar 20, 2021
good with ice cream
Jackie S on Mar 20, 2021
Grew up with a sour cherry tree in back yard. We picked cherries and mom showed us how to make cherry pie. Love cherries but must protect from the dear. Can???t wait to plant.
Cecilia D on Mar 20, 2021
North Star was unavailable and my wife wanted a pie cherry.
Bruce J on Mar 20, 2021
Pies!
shelley h on Mar 17, 2021
These are exactly what I was looking for and can grow,even thrive, in my zone
Liam W on Mar 16, 2021
I like the flavor.
Mary W on Mar 14, 2021
I wanted a cold hardy and self pollinating cherry tree.
RHONDA O on Mar 11, 2021
Adding this to my existing cherry orchard. A great pie cherry.
Chaz on Mar 7, 2021
Previous planted cherry tree
James K on Mar 1, 2021
Good cherry cobbler .
Ernestine T on Mar 1, 2021
I would like to have fruit trees, my chldren like cherries
Maria Teresa M on Feb 24, 2021
Whooh! The taste! The sweet tartness!! Their taste in a pie!!!
I can't wait.
marion j on Feb 22, 2021
Badly want to have my own cherry pie cherries.
Deborah C on Feb 21, 2021
Seemed the most recommended sour cherry
Alexis T on Feb 19, 2021
This is a replacement from a prior order that didn't make it.
Christine C on Feb 16, 2021
Excellent pie cherry and healthy in smoothies. Preserves well in freezer
Mary M on Feb 15, 2021
To replace a pie cherry lost in a bad storm
doodlbug on Feb 15, 2021
We have had one for years and it split and died so we need another one
Ronald Y on Apr 21, 2021
have one already
Frank F on Apr 14, 2021
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:

https://www.starkbros.com/products/fruit-trees/cherry-trees/whitegold-sweet-cherry
https://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:
https://www.starkbros.com/products/fruit-trees/cherry-trees/stark-custom-graft-2-n-1-cherry

Let us know how it turns out!
How long will this tree bear fruit after it first starts? I???ve heard 10 years for dwarf. How does this compare to full size trees?
G G on Apr 15, 2021
BEST ANSWER: As listed in the characteristics, under the product description, this tree will take 4-7 years to bear fruit after planting. Dwarf size will usually bear a little sooner than a full size tree but there is no guarantee.
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.
if ground is frozen when tree arrives how long can the tree be held? and how do you hold it?
Mark S on Mar 21, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Mother Nature can be so unpredictable. :-) Here is a guide that tells you exactly what to do if you can't plant right away: //www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/how-to-delay-planting
Fast growing fruit trees zone 6?
Heather R on Mar 20, 2021
BEST ANSWER: All of our trees are young only 2 years old at shipping. Years to bear will depend on the variety. however cherries take the longest. Tart cherries will not begin to bear for 4-5 years after planting and the sweet cherries can take up to 7 years.
Can I Espalier the variety?
Coach on Mar 16, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Short answer is: yes. You can espalier practically any fruit tree, including this tree. The dwarf size is the easiest to espalier. Our detailed article can be found here: //www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/espalier-fruit-treesOur detailed article can be found here: //www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/espalier-fruit-trees
Do you accept food stamps for payment?
Pam S on Mar 2, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Currently we do not participate in the food stamp program and only except all major credit cards, check or money order.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Can I grow Montmorency cherry tree in Fremont , Ca (Mild Temp Zone 10)?
Martha K on Feb 14, 2021
BEST ANSWER: If you enter your ZIP code at the following link and we'll be able to display the popular products that are available and rated for your location: //www.starkbros.com/zone-finder Also look for check marked varieties as you shop to ensure compatibility with your zone. If you have more questions regarding zone compatibility, please call Customer Support at 800.325.4180 and they would be glad to help.
Will Montmorency Pie Cherry and Surecrop Pie Cherry pollinate each other?
Marilyn M on Jan 9, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. These pie cherries are self pollinating and do not require another variety to bear fruit. However planting a second variety will increase your crop yield.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
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.

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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
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 7 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
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 6 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 6 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 7 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