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PlantFiles: Sour Cherry, Pie Cherry
Prunus cerasus 'Early Richmond'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Prunus (PROO-nus) (Info)
Species: cerasus (KER-uh-sus) (Info)
Cultivar: Early Richmond

Edible Fruits and Nuts

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring


Other details:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By grafting
By budding

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive mcd0019 On May 21, 2008, mcd0019 from Oak Forest, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

Our family planted this tree on Arbor Day 2007. We purchased it from Home Depot in a gallon container. Late April/early May 2008 we finally saw our first blooms. There weren't many, but the small white clusters smelled absolutely wonderful and were worth the wait. The tree has steadily grown in the past year (It's about 4 feet tall now) but I do not think we will see any fruit until next year.

Positive Farmerdill On Jan 2, 2006, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This was my favorite pie cherry in Virginia. Earlier and more tasty than Montmorency.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Oak Forest, Illinois
Troy, Virginia

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