Sour Cherry Varieties

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Sour cherriesSour cherries are great for cooking. They are richly flavored and firm of flesh so that they don’t go mushy during cooking. Use sour cherries for pies, cobblers, clafoutis, dessert sauces, preserves, and jams.

There are two types of sour cherries: amarelle-type cherries are yellow-fleshed with clear juice; morello-type cherries are red-fleshed with red juice.

Fresh sour cherries—there are more than 300 varieties–come to market from mid-June through mid-August.

Here are a few sour cherry varieties to consider:

Early Richmond: a small, round, bright red cherry with a tart-acidy flavor. This is an amarelle-type cherry used for making jams, pies, jellies, and preserves. Early harvest.

English Morello: a deep red-black skinned cherry that is large, tender, and juicy. This morello-type cherry is slightly tart. It freezes well and is an excellent choice for pie. Late harvest.

Meteor: a large, pale red skinned cherry with yellow flesh that is mildly acidic; amarelle type. Late harvest.

Montmorency: considered the best pie cherry, this is a medium to large, round, bright red-skinned cherry with a soft, yellow flesh and a mildly acidic, tart flavor. Montmorency (named after a valley in the Ile-de-France) can be canned. It is an amarelle-type cherry. Early harvest.

North Star: similar to Montmorency with bright red to mahogany skin, tart-juicy red flesh. Morello-type cherry. Late harvest.

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Written by Stephen Albert

Stephen Albert is a horticulturist, master gardener, and certified nurseryman who has taught at the University of California for more than 25 years. He holds graduate degrees from the University of California and the University of Iowa. His books include Vegetable Garden Grower’s Guide, Vegetable Garden Almanac & Planner, Tomato Grower’s Answer Book, and Kitchen Garden Grower’s Guide. His Vegetable Garden Grower’s Masterclass is available online. has more than 10 million visitors each year.


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  1. We have a few trees in our yard in Watertown, Ma. Little trees are always popping up all over and we just don’t have the room to grow them. I was wondering when and if I could transplant them to our land in Bangor Maine. We grow lots of apple trees up there. Would the climate and soil be OK to do this. As I stated our apple trees grow great and bare lots of fruit .

    • If you can lift the seedlings keeping as much root intact as possible, you should be able to transport them to their new home. The best time to transplant is spring. You can transplant in midsummer but cold weather may come before the plants have time to root well in their new spot. You can protect them by placing a frame or cage around each plant and wrapping the frame with clear plastic; this will create a mini-greenhouse to get them through the first winter. The cherries growing in your yard are likely hardy enough to survive further north. If you know the name of the variety, you can check with the Cooperative Extension Service in Bangor to see if that variety will grow there. In all likelihood, it will.

  2. I need to purchase some sour cherries this summer. Where can I find your orchard? I need to examine different types of sour cherries before purchasing them.

    • does not sell plants; we simply grow them. Check at a nearby nursery or garden center for cherry varieties suited to your region. If you want to purchase cherry trees online see this link: davewilson

    • I am not aware of a Dixon of Dickson sour cherry. However, sour cherries are grown in orchards near Dixon, California. Some of those cherries may be marketed as Dixon sour cherries.

    • Yes, you can find dwarf tart cherry trees that are self-fertile. Check at a nearby nursery or garden center; be sure to specify that you want a dwarf is self-fertile. Tart or sour cherries that are self-fertile include Montmorency, Stella, and Lapins.

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