Van Cherry Tree

>The Van cherry is very tasty cherry variety and a favorite of many a home gardener. This beautiful, deep red cherry originated from Summerland Research Station in British Columbia around 1942. Great for all cherry usages, Cooked, canned, frozen and of course fresh eating. Resistant to splitting, ripening late season. The short-stemmed fruit is similar to Bing and grows in a cylinder around the branches. A great pollinator for most other sweet cherries. The white blossoms are very showy in Spring.
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USDA ZONES: 4-9 Outdoors
 
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Van Cherry Tree 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

The Van cherry is very tasty cherry variety and a favorite of many a home gardener. This beautiful, deep red cherry originated from Summerland Research Station in British Columbia around 1942. Never really a commercial success because it proved to be a poor shipper, its intense sweet flavor was its driving force from its early introduction. A heavy producer and adapted to a wide range of climate zones including marginal colder climates with great air circulation found in zone 4 and 5. Placing high in many fruit tastings often out scoring Bing. Great for all cherry usages, Cooked, canned, frozen and of course fresh eating. Resistant to splitting, ripening late season. The short-stemmed fruit is similar to Bing and grows in a cylinder around the branches. A great pollinator for most other sweet cherries. The white blossoms are very showy in Spring.

Characteristics
Fruit Color:
Nearly Black
Ripens:
June - July
Sun/Shade:
Full Sun
Water Needs:
regular water
Soil Type:
well-draining
Soil pH Level:
pH of 7
Tree Size:

20' to 30 feet tall with 20' spread

Cherries can be held to under 10 feet with summer pruning
Years to Bear:
3
Pollination:
Requires Pollenizer
Bloom Color:
Cold Hardy:
N/A
Primary USDA Zone Range:
4 - 9
Secondary USDA Zone Range:
N/A
Chill Hours:
400 - 600
Size & Spacing

20' to 30 feet tall with 20' spread

Cherries can be held to under 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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