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Cherry Trees for Sale from Gurney's
Choosing the Right Cherry Tree
Cherry trees are easy to grow and add a pop of color to your garden. Grow sweet cherry trees for fruits you can eat fresh or opt for tart cherry trees to bake a delicious pie or pastry once the tree blooms.
Where Do Cherry Trees Grow Best?
When selecting a cherry tree, first consider your site. Cherry trees require well-drained soil and full sun (at least six hours of direct sunlight daily). Cherry trees, especially standard varieties, require space. Standard varieties may need up to 25 feet while dwarf or bush varieties may need 8-10 ft.
Sweet Cherry Trees vs. Sour Cherry Trees
Because sweet cherry trees bloom earlier in the spring than sour cherry trees, sweet cherry trees can't be grown in many northern climates. Check the variety's hardiness zone to make sure it is suitable for your grow zone. Gurney's offers a selection of dwarf cherry trees for sale, including Carmine Jewel, Romeo, Juliet and Wowza, that are very cold hardy and produce fruits with a wonderfully complex, sweet-tart flavor.
Some cherry trees require another cherry tree for pollination. In general, sweet cherry trees require another tree for pollination; sour cherry and Gurney's dwarf cherry trees are self-pollinating. Again, check this information on the individual varieties before buying cherry trees.
Standard vs. Dwarf Cherry Trees
Standard cherry trees can grow up to 25 ft. tall with a similar spread. Bush and dwarf cherry trees usually grow up to 12 ft. tall, but some may be shorter. For many homeowners, bush and dwarf cherry trees are favored because they require less space. Also, they are also easier to prune and to net.
Cherry Trees: Getting the Most out of Your Purchase
Cherry trees, like other fruit trees, require some annual maintenance, including pruning. However, with some planning, including choosing the right varieties, selecting a proper site and planting the tree correctly, it's fairly easy to grow cherry trees
Getting Started with Cherry Trees
Before buying a cherry tree, make sure that it will grow in your hardiness zone, as well as have well-drained soil and direct sunlight. Also, make sure you have enough space for the tree you select.
When is Cherry Season?
Because their blossoms are so ornamental, some gardeners say cherry trees have two seasons: when they bloom and when they produce fruit. Cherry trees bloom in the spring, with sweet cherry trees blooming before sour cherry trees. Depending on the variety and location, trees generally bear fruits in early to midsummer
How to Plant Cherry Seeds
While cherry trees can be grown from seeds, many people opt to buy trees because it shortens the time it takes for the tree to grow and produce fruits. If growing a cherry tree from seed, make sure the variety can be grown in your grow zone. Save seeds, or pits, from varieties that you are growing or that come from a local farmers' market. Cherry pits must go through a drying and chilling process before planting.
How Long Does it Take a Cherry Tree to Grow
Planting a cherry tree is the faster way to produce fruit. Depending on the age of the tree, some can begin producing fruit within just a few years, and some sooner.
How to Grow a Cherry Tree
When planting a cherry tree, whether it's bareroot or potted, make sure that it's in well-drained soil. Then, dig a hole that is large enough to accommodate all of the roots. Consider placing some protection around the trunk to protect the bark from nibbling animals, lawn mowers and weed whackers. Once trees reaching fruit-bearing stage, some people place netting around the tree so that birds don't eat the fruits. We recommend our Premium Bird Netting.
How to Prune a Cherry Tree
Most cherry trees will need light annual pruning once they start fruiting. Pruning should be done in early spring, before the tree breaks dormancy. Prune damaged, diseased or dead limbs as well as limbs that grow inward toward the center of the tree.