Brambleberry Farm
Brambleberry Permaculture Farm LLC

Cherries

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Sour Cherries

Grafted trees are $16 in Gallon* pots. We occasionally have quarts available for $10 or 2-gallon* pots for $26.

I find sour cherries simply delightful to eat fresh off the tree, despite any reputation otherwise. If too tart for your taste buds, don’t fret; they can be put to a hundred other delicious uses in cooking, baking, drying, preserving, etc. Sour cherries are large and can be easily pitted with any version of standard cherry pitters. Sour cherries share the spotlight with pears as the easiest to produce of the traditional tree fruits in the Midwest without any sprays (though birds can be a problem, eating the crop as soon as it ripens). Sour cherries will even tolerate little to no pruning if that sounds like a daunting task to you. A sour cherry in bloom is a stunning sight, and has a nice natural growth form. Grafted onto Mazzard seedling rootstock, which does better in heavy wet soils than Mahaleb. gallon pot* $16 +tax

 

Balaton Cherry, Sour : Late-June.  Morello-type.  Sweeter, larger fruit, with extended ripening period.  

Full Size on Mazzard, space 12'-16' apart, large fruit, self fertile.  Full Sun to Part Shade. 

 

Sumadinka Cherry, Sour : mid-July.  Morello-type.  Very early bloomer.  Another natural dwarf, staying more compact than Montmorency but slightly larger than Northstar.  Supposedly more productive than North Star, with darker colored fruit especially good for eating fresh.  Space 8’-12’ apart. Self fertile  

Semi-Dwarf on Mazzard, space 8'-12' apart, self fertile.  Full Sun to Part Shade. 

 

Montmorency Cherry, Sour : mid-July.  Amarelle-type (yellow flesh, clear juice).  A well-known and time-tested variety which is still grown commercially.  Very similar to ‘Northstar’, but tree grows larger (16’) and is more vigorous.  Space 12-16’ apart. Self fertile  

Full Size on Mazzard, space 12'-16' apart, self fertile.  Full Sun to Part Shade. 

 

Northstar Cherry, Sour : July. Morello-type (red flesh, red juice).  A natural dwarf, reaching only 8-10’ at maturity.  Cherries are large and bright red.  ‘Northstar’ is a perfect edible landscaping plant due to it’s small size, low care and beautiful blooms and fruit.  Space 8-10’ apart. Self fertile  

Dwarf on Mazzard, space 6'-10' apart, self fertile.  Full Sun to Part Shade. 

 

Carmine Jewel Cherry, Sour : August.  (dark red flesh and juice)  We are VERY excited about this newer offering.  It is a natural (non-GMO) hybrid cross between sour cherries and bush cherries, which gives it a very manageable size (6-8' tall) and great disease and insect resistance. AND it is SWEET - great for fresh eating.  Very productive.  Fruit keeps well on the bush, provided you protect it from birds and neighborhood kids :).  Best flavor is reached a few weeks after the fruits turn red - they're not really ripe until they are dark red-black.  Self fertile  

Bush form 6-8' tall, space 5'-7' apart, self fertile.  Full Sun to Part Shade. 

 

Nanking Bush Cherry seedling Cherry, Sour (Prunus tomentosa): We hesitated to offer these bush cherries for years, assuming that no-one would want to bother with a hard-seeded fruit too small to pit. However, after interacting with our plants the last few years, we now see their value as a delightful out-of-hand snack and a plant that will thrive under utter neglect. It is one also one of the first things to bloom in the spring, only preceded by our apricot tree.  The glossy, slightly peeling, reddish-brown bark provides interest even in the winter.  The bushes reach 8’ high if unpruned and about 6’ wide. Can grow and even fruit in shade, though more fruit is produced in full sun.  Somewhat self-fertile, but really best with a second plant as a pollinator (these are seedlings so any two plants should work).  Our seedlings have some white- and pink-fruiting individuals in the mix but will be mostly red.  

8' high x 6' wide, self fertile but pollinates better with two, low maintainance.  Full Sun to Part Shade.  Non-grafted tree pricing: 2'' plugs $3, quart pots $6, gallon* pots $12

 

 

Sweet Cherries

Grafted trees are $16 in Gallon* pots.  We occasionally have quarts available for $10 or 2-gallon* pots for $26. *Limited Availability 2017*

 

While sweet cherries are savored by everyone for their meaty, rich and juicy flesh, they are more difficult to grow without synthetic sprays than sour cherries.   The fruit is prone to brown rot, often starting on split fruits.   Insect pests (and birds) are also drawn to the fruitlets.  Sweet cherries in southern IN sometimes miss a crop from blooming too early and having the blossoms killed by heavy frost.  Still, they are somewhat easier than apples and plums, similar in ease of growing to peaches.  We have sought varieties and rootstocks that will give you the best chance of success in our region.  Grafted on Krymsk 5 which is a vigorous, early bearing, semi-dwarfing rootstock for cherries.   It performs incredibly well in poor, heavy clay soils and can be kept at 12-15’ for easier picking!   Space sweet cherries 15’ apart.  gallon pot* $16 +tax

 

Sam Cherry, Sweet : Early season (early July).  Very dark, almost black fruit with a deeper flavor than other sweet cherries.  Blooms late.  Resistant to cracking and bacterial canker.  Zone 5-9  

Semi-Dwarf on Krymsk 5, space 12'-16' apart, needs pollinator.  Full Sun to Part Shade. 

 

Gold Cherry, Sweet : Mid season (mid July).  It is believed that birds will not bother sweet cherries that are fully yellow when ripe, and 'Gold' is just that!  Apparently even the blushed varieties like Emperor Francis can be prone to bird predation.  This is an easy to grow large gold cherry that is cold hardy and a good pollinator for other varieties.  Supposedly resistant to brown rot and fruit cracking.  Zone 5-8  

Semi-Dwarf on Krymsk 5, space 12'-16' apart, needs pollinator.  Full Sun to Part Shade. 

 

Lapins Cherry, Sweet : Late season (late July).  Self-fertile sweet cherry with dark red, crack-resistant fruit.  Good pollinator for other varieties. Precocious fruiter.  Zone 5-8  

Semi-Dwarf on Krymsk 5, space 12'-16' apart, self fertile.  Full Sun to Part Shade. 



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*size designations are nominal. We use “trade gallons” (which are slightly less than a gallon) as well as recycled pots that may vary in exact size.  Every plant may not be available in every size listed.  Gallons are common for grafted trees and quarts are most common for everything else.  There are usually a very limited number of two gallon plants available – first come first serve.