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'Carnation' Cherry

Prunus cerasus ‘cv. 'Carnation'’

From a young age, Jefferson was interested in the culture of fruit and the earliest entry in his Garden Book described the budding of cherry trees for his orchard. By 1773 he was sending slips of the 'Carnation' Cherry to Monticello. In a letter to James Barbour dated March 5, 1816 Jefferson deemed the "Carnation Cherry so superior to all others that no other deserves the name of cherry." It was grown not only in his orchard, but also along the outer walk of the vegetable garden terrace.

Growth Type: 
Deciduous Tree
Color(s): 
White
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7
Location at Monticello: 
South Orchard
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
2002 Apr 8 to 2002 Apr 232003 Mar 31 to 2003 Apr 302004 Apr 8 to 2004 May 12005 Apr 5 to 2005 May 22006 Apr 6 to 2006 Apr 282007 Apr 6 to 2007 Apr 252008 Apr 10 to 2008 Apr 252009 Apr 17 to 2009 May 62010 Apr 6 to 2010 Apr 232011 Apr 6 to 2011 Apr 262012 Mar 26 to 2012 Apr 92013 Apr 24 to 2013 May 32015 Apr 15 to 2015 Apr 27
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