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Black Tartarian Cherry

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An heirloom variety featuring showy white flowers in spring followed by sweet, deep red-black cherries; vigorous with a pyramidal habit; needs full sun, well drained soil; one of the best pollinators for other sweet cherries

Characteristics

Species:
avium
Other Species Names:
Sweet Cherry, Mazzard Cherry
Average Landscape Height:
30 feet
Average Landscape Width:
30 feet
Genus:
Prunus
Cultivar:
Black Tartarian
Branching:
decurrent
Plant Form:
pyramidal
Canopy:
high
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Flower Color:
white
Flower Fragrance:
high
Flower Period:
in mid spring
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Fall Color:
yellow
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
high

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Planting & Growing

Black Tartarian Cherry will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 5 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more. This variety requires a different selection of the same species growing nearby in order to set fruit.

This tree is typically grown in a designated area of the yard because of its mature size and spread. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

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