Montmorency Cherry

Prunus cerasus 'Montmorency'


The 'Montmorency' Cherry is a form of the old European Kentish cherry commonly grown in nineteenth-century American gardens. At Monticello, cherries were the third most common fruit tree following apples and peaches, and in 1811 Jefferson's South Orchard contained forty-eight cherry trees. One of the most remarkable archaeological finds at Monticello occurred in 1981 when four wine bottles filled with preserved cherries were uncovered in a kitchen yard dry well. 'Montmorency' shows snow-white flowers in spring and produces large, juicy, tart, bright red fruits in late spring through early summer. Its acidic flavor makes it an excellent cooking cherry.

Growth Type: Deciduous Tree Color(s): White Hardiness Zones: 4 - 8 Location at Monticello: South Orchard Planting Conditions: Full Sun Map it: 38.008713,-78.452914

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Blooming Dates 2002: Apr 8 – Apr 232006: Apr 13 – Apr 282007: Apr 13 – Apr 252008: Apr 10 – Apr 252009: Apr 6 – May 62010: Apr 6 – Apr 232011: Apr 6 – Apr 262012: Mar 26 – Apr 92013: Apr 24 – Apr 30