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Black Tartarian Cherry

The heart shaped thick skinned fruit is juicy sweet with rich full bodied flavor and preferred by many over the Bing. Pollinized by most all sweet cherries and one of the best pollinizers for all sweet cherries. Possibly a parent of the intense flavored Black Republican Cherry and the perfect compliment for the yellow Rainier cherry. Great for fresh eating, cherry juice and cherry preserves.

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USDA ZONES: 5-9 Outdoors
 
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Black Tartarian Cherry requires a pollenizer. You must plant one of these trees nearby (within about 50') for the tree to produce a crop of fruit.

Description

Prunus avium 'black tartarian'

The Black Tartarian Cherry is a popular cherry variety once known as the primary pollinator for the Bing Cherry. Originating from the Circassia region of what is now Russia, it was introduced to the U.S. in the late 1700s. Large and deep red to purplish-black. The heart shaped thick skinned fruit is juicy sweet with rich full bodied flavor and preferred by many over the Bing. Once was the #1 commercial variety grown. Vigorous grower and bears at an early age. Pollinized by most all sweet cherries and one of the best pollinizers for all sweet cherries. Possibly a parent of the intense flavored Black Republican Cherry and the perfect compliment for the yellow Rainier cherry. Great for fresh eating, cherry juice and cherry preserves.

Characteristics
Fruit Color:
Nearly Black
Ripens:
May - June
Sun/Shade:
Full Sun
Water Needs:
regular water
Soil Type:
well-draining
Soil pH Level:
pH of 6.5
Tree Size:

20' to 30' height with 20' spread

Cherries can be held to below 10 feet with summer pruning
Years to Bear:
3
Pollination:
Requires Pollenizer
Bloom Color:
Cold Hardy:
to 28° F
Primary USDA Zone Range:
5 - 9
Secondary USDA Zone Range:
N/A
Chill Hours:
800 - 900
Size & Spacing

20' to 30' height with 20' spread

Cherries can be held to below 10 feet with summer pruning

8 to 10 Feet on Center, can be held to any size with summer pruning

Planting & Care

Cherries grow best in full sun in a location with at least 8 hours of direct sunlight. Select a location with a morning sun exposure to help with disease control. Cherries need perfect drainage, if poor drainage is suspected choose another location or plant in mound 18 to 24 inches high and 3 to 4 feet wide. Maintain the mound to control washing out until tree’s roots are established. A raised bed of 2 x 12’s 3-foot square is also a good way to deal with poor drainage. Plant directly into the raised bed, no need to dig a hole. Use native soil for either mounds or raised beds. Water regularly, at least weekly, during the first year. Keep the soil evenly moist but not wet. Mulching is important to keeping cherry roots cool in the hot summer, cutting down on surface moisture evaporation and lessening the overall water needs. Paint the trunk with interior white latex paint dilute with 50% water in hot dry interior climates to avoid sunburn to the trunk. Control the size of all cherry trees to below 10 feet tall with summer pruning. Making it easier to provide for care and harvesting. When harvesting cherries, pick them with the stems attached, and avoid tearing off the fruit spur that will produce fruit year after year. An added bonus with cherry trees is the beautiful blossoms each spring.

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