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Hudson cherry trees

Prunus avium 'Hudson'

Hudson is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Late
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Fruit color: Red / Black

Hudson is a late season sweet cherry, ripening slightly later than Sweetheart, and about a week later than Hedelfingen.

The cherries are slightly above average size, with a dark red skin. The flesh is firm and sweet.

Hudson sweet cherry trees for sale

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  • Full-size 1-year bare-root tree $38.95
    Mature height: 16ft-24ft after 10 years
    Vigorous rootstock

How to grow

Hudson appears to have good resistance to fruit cracking, and is therefore a good choice in areas where summer rainfall is an issue.

Another useful quality is it flowers late, thereby avoiding early spring frosts.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.


Hudson was developed at the New York State Agriculture Experiment Station in the 1930s, but not released until the 1960s. Its parents are Oswego and Giant.

Hudson was an early (and successful) attempt to help growers extend the sweet cherry season into late July and early August.

Hudson characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group5
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Picking seasonLate
  • UsesEating fresh
  • Keeping (of fruit)1 week
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)Zone 5 (-29C)
  • Summer maximum temperaturesWarm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originUnited States
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Fruit colorRed / Black