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Prunus cerasus

 
Prunus cerasus
sour cherry

Common name sour cherry
Family rosaceae
Life cycle tree
Flowers white
Size 10'
Light sun-part shade

One of the fruit trees planted in our orchard area, this one has been around for long enough that I'm confident it's truly a smaller variety, unlike some other 'dwarf' trees we've purchased, which have grown to giants. In this case, it may be the tree's natural habit rather than a bred characteristic. It's the only stone fruit that gives us a crop; it must be fairly resistant to brown rot: although (as the photo here shows) a small fraction of the fruit succumbs to the fungal disease, it's much better than the nectarine trees growing in its vicinity, whose entire crop is blighted every year. It could also be that the crop losses are limited by the earlier harvest: the cherries ripen by mid-late June, when the nectarines and apricots are still quite unripe (and largely untouched by the blight).
Sour cherries are self-fruitful: we have just one tree, but even without a pollinating companion it sets plenty of fruit. Most years the birds pick off all of the cherries before we have a chance to partake, but once in a while we get lucky. That's when cherry pies come to be.

Prunus cerasus
brown rot

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: orchard

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