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Van Cherry

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A popular commercial fruit tree smothered in showy white flowers in spring followed by sweet dark red cherries, tall and upright, best for larger landscapes; needs full sun, well drained soil and a pollinator, be prepared to fight the birds for fruit

Characteristics

Species:
avium
Other Species Names:
Sweet Cherry, Mazzard Cherry
Average Landscape Height:
40 feet
Average Landscape Width:
40 feet
Genus:
Prunus
Cultivar:
Van
Branching:
decurrent
Plant Form:
oval
Canopy:
high
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Flower Color:
white
Flower Fragrance:
high
Flower Period:
in early 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

Ornamental Features

Nothing to display

Landscape Attributes

Nothing to display

Planting & Growing

Van Cherry will grow to be about 40 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 40 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 6 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. 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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