I would like to purchase a cherry tree for my garden. Where can I buy one and what should I look for?
The large garden centres in Toronto sell cherry trees. Look for a healthy, sturdy tree that is not root bound. But your first decision is which kind of cherry you want to grow.
There are two categories of fruiting cherry trees: sour and sweet.
All sour cherries are self-fruitful which means they will set fruit with their own pollen. Montmorency is a variety recommended for Ontario home gardens. It is a very old standard variety. The fruit is red with a yellow flesh. The tree reaches 4.5 m at maturity with a spreading habit. The fruit ripens mid to late June.
Only some sweet cherries are self-fruitful. Others must be cross-pollinated with pollen from another pollinator. Self-fruitful sweet cherry varieties includea: Stella, Vandalay and Tehranivee. The Stella variety has large dark red fruit on vigorous, large trees (to 9 m). The fruit ripens gate June-early July. The Vandalay and Tehranovee varieties are both hybrids developed at the University of Guelph with Stella as one of the parents. Sweetheart is a smaller sweet cherry tree that is also self-fruitful. General information on growing fruit trees in home gardens can be found on the web site of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food at the link below:
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