New season - spring 2025You can pre-order now for shpiping in spring 2025. No need to pay at this stage.
Orange Pippin Trees USA logoSpecialist fruit trees for your orchard or back-yard

Danube cherry trees

Prunus cerasus 'Danube'

  • Picking season: Mid
  • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Fruit color: Red

Danube is a tart cherry, intended for use in the kitchen, and ideal for cherry pies. However unlike most tart cherries it has a good level of sweetness and can be eaten fresh as well.

The cherries are bright red, with a juicy dark red flesh.

Danube tart cherry trees for sale

You can pre-order now for spring 2025

  • Full-size 1-year bare-root tree $39.20
    Mature height: 16ft-24ft after 10 years
    Vigorous rootstock

How to grow

Danube is easy to grow, and ripens about a week ahead of Montmorency.

It grows with a spreading habit, and on older trees the branches become semi-weeping.

Danube is reasonably self-fertile but cropping will be improved if there is another compatible cherry tree nearby - which may be a sweet or sour cherry.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.


Danube was developed in Hungary, and is also known as Erdi Botermo. It is a major commercial sour cherry cultivar in Europe, and accounts for about a third of total production in Hungary.

Danube characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
  • Pollination group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • Picking seasonMid
  • UsesEating freshCulinary
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-3 days
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)Zone 5 (-29C)
  • Summer maximum temperaturesWarm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originHungary
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colorRed