Big Cherry Trees

Big Cherry Trees

Cherries are created on shrubs, small trees and large trees of the Prunus genus, which also contains plums, peaches, nectarines, apricots and almonds. The trees can be grown for lumber, fruit and ornamental purposes. Most cherry trees cannot tolerate exceptionally cold winters or incredibly hot summers. They grow best in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 to 8. Some varieties are somewhat more cold tolerant and will grow in zone 4, while some are more heat tolerant and will grow in zone 9.


Fruiting and cosmetic cherries tend to be grafted onto rootstock. The rootstocks used for cherries might be a different sort of cherry or possibly a plum. These rootstocks can boost disease resistance and tolerance to environmental conditions and management dimension, productivity and growth speed. Grafted trees are categorized as dwarf, semi-dwarf and standard. For a large tree choose a standard, as these rootstocks don’t restrict the growth of trees.

Fruiting Cherry

Cherries are sweet (Prunus avens) or sour (Prunus cerasus or hybrids.) Sweet cherries on standard rootstock grow bigger than sour cherries. Bing, one of the very popular sweet cherries, can develop 35 feet tall and 25 feet wide. Standard sour cherries develop 15 to 18 feet tall and spread 10 to 20 feet. Sweet cherry trees should be pruned with a central leader, or erect central trunk, to create the greatest possible tree.

Ornamental Cherry

Among the biggest ornamental cherry trees is Sargent cherry (Prunus sargentii), that can grow 40 to 50 feet tall with equal spread. Higan and Kwanzan cherries can develop 30 feet tall and wide. Apart from Japanese flowering cherries — the cherry of Washington D.C.’s tidal basins — grow to about 25 feet wide and tall. They grow at a reasonable speed and will take a long time to reach mature size.

Lumber Species

The most significant cherry tree is that the American. It can grow up to 125 feet tall as a forest tree in the eastern United States. As a landscape tree it’s much shorter with an open, irregular canopy. It has lots of white flowers and small, dark fruit that is very important to wildlife. This makes it a popular landscape tree in the eastern United States. Alkaline soil limits its usage in the West, but it can be implanted in which dirt is neutral to acid and slopes aren’t too hot.

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