'May Duke' Cherry

Prunus cerasus x avium 'May Duke'


Jefferson first planted this desirable cherry in 1778. In 1782 he sent May Dukes along with Carnations, Black Hearts, White Hearts, and Kentish Cherries to his Bedford County estate, Poplar Forest. In 1845, A.J. Downing said the "invaluable May Duke is one of the most popular sorts in all countries." This sour cherry is good for cooking in pies, jams, and preserves.

Growth Type: Deciduous Tree Color(s): White Hardiness Zones: 4 - 7 Location at Monticello: South Orchard Planting Conditions: Full Sun Map it: 38.008680,-78.453203

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Blooming Dates 2002: Apr 1 – Apr 232004: Apr 7 – May 12006: Mar 31 – Apr 282007: Mar 28 – Apr 252008: Apr 10 – Apr 252013: Apr 24 – May 3