Montmorency cherry trees

  • Picking season: Early
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Fruit color: Red

Montmorency is the definitive American cherry pie variety. It is easy to grow and makes a good first cherry tree for a cook's garden or orchard.

Montmorency is an acid or sour cherry, grown for culinary use rather than eating fresh. It has yellow flesh and the juice is clear, and is known as an "Amarelle" type, in contrast with the "Morello" type which has darker-red skin.

Most tart cherries contain melatonin, a natural anti-oxidant substance which is also involved in regulating sleeping and wakefullness - but Montmorency is thought to have particularly high levels.

Montmorency cherry trees for sale

Mature height*
1-year Montmorency cherry trees bare-root
Mahaleb rootstock
Full-size (16ft-24ft) mature height

*Find out more about the rootstocks we use to control the mature height.

How to grow

Montmorency is self-fertile, no pollination partner is required. It is an early-season cherry, ripening at the start of July.

The tree is easy to grow, very cold-hardy, and productive.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Historical details

The origins of Montmorency are not clear, but it is thought to come from 17th century France. It has long been the staple acid cherry variety used by commercial orchards in North America, particularly in Michigan.

Montmorency characteristics


  • Picking season: Early
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-3 days
  • Flavor style (apples): Sharper
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening


  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 5
  • Pollinating others: Good
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly large
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Organic culture: Suitable

Disease resistance

  • General resistance: Good


  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (4) -30F / -34C
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F)


  • Country of origin: France
  • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
  • Fruit color: Red
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