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.

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Typical Blooming Dates: April
Growth Type: Deciduous Tree
Blossom Color(s): White
Hardiness Zones: 4-7
Location at Monticello: South Orchard
Planting Conditions: Full Sun