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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: 
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8
Location at Monticello: 
South Orchard
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
2002 Apr 8 to 2002 Apr 232006 Apr 13 to 2006 Apr 282007 Apr 13 to 2007 Apr 252008 Apr 10 to 2008 Apr 252009 Apr 6 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 Apr 302015 Apr 13 to 2015 Apr 272016 Apr 1 to 2016 May 92017 Apr 13 to 2017 Apr 26
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