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Types of Cherry Trees

Updated on August 29, 2012

Types of Cherry Trees

While there are many types of cherry trees, they are all grouped into three categories being flowering, sweet or sour. The flowering varieties are planted for their display of gorgeous and fragrant blooms they provide in the spring. Sour cherry trees are mainly grown and harvested for canning, preserves and making delicious pies while the sweet types of cherry trees are grown for their bountiful fruit that can be plucked and enjoyed fresh.

If you are considering planting a cherry tree, you need to choose between flowering or fruit. Do you want a gorgeous display in your landscaping or are you going to use the fruit? If you choose fruit types of cherry trees, you also need to be aware that you may need another species for cross-pollination so make sure you have room for two trees and not just one!

Cherry Tree in Bloom

Popular Types of Cherry Trees

  • Montmorency Cherry Tree - These are popular sour types of cherry trees. They are ideal for preserves and baking pies and as a bonus, they are self-pollinating and bare a lot of fruit. The montmorency cherry tree matures at a height of around 30 feet tall.
  • Sunburst Cherry Tree - The fruit from these trees are dark skinned and irresistibly sweet. They are ready to be harvested in midsummer.
  • Early Richmond Cherry Tree - Very bright and incredibly sour fruit appears on these types of cherry trees in the late spring. If you do a lot of baking, this is the perfect tree for you. This variety is self-pollinating and very small, maturing at only about 15 to 18 feet tall.
  • Bing Cherry Tree - These are the most popular types of cherry trees. In late spring and early summer, you will enjoy super sweet fruit you can eat right of the tree. They grow to be 30 feet tall and are an ideal choice for cross-pollination.
  • Yoshino Cherry Tree - This Japanese cherry tree produces the most amazing smelling white blossoms come springtime. these are the types of cherry trees that you plant outside your bedroom window so they are the first thing that smell in the morning to start your day off right. Not only do they have stunning flowers, the leaves are dark and glossy the bark offers a wet look that is aesthetically pleasing, even when not in bloom. these will mature at 50 feet tall so take their size into consideration when choosing their location.
  • Weeping Cherry Tree - Here is a variety that produces breathtaking pink or white blossoms on limbs that weep toward the ground. They are a preferred choice near pools, ponds, water and large fountains so their beauty can be reflected.

There are many types of cherry trees all with their own special qualities and needs. Be sure to educate yourself on your tree choice to make sure that it is the right one for you!

Keep in mind that as beautiful as all cherry trees are, an outdoor water fountain will certainly take your d├ęcor to a whole new level!

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