'Carnation' Cherry

Prunus cerasus cv. 'Carnation'

[prunus_cerasus_carn]

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: 4 - 7 Location at Monticello: South Orchard Planting Conditions: Full Sun

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Blooming Dates 2002: Apr 8 – Apr 232003: Mar 31 – Apr 302004: Apr 8 – May 12005: Apr 5 – May 22006: Apr 6 – Apr 282007: Apr 6 – Apr 252008: Apr 10 – Apr 252009: Apr 17 – May 62010: Apr 6 – Apr 232011: Apr 6 – Apr 262012: Mar 26 – Apr 92013: Apr 24 – May 3