(Photo courtesy of Bachman's Wholesale)
Height: 12 feet
Spread: 10 feet
Hardiness Zone: 4
Other Names: Sour Cherry
A compact fruit tree, the ideal size for backyard orchards; showy white flowers in spring followed by loads of bright red sour cherries in mid summer; needs full sun and well-drained soil, self-pollinating and hardy
Mesabi Cherry is covered in stunning clusters of fragrant white flowers along the branches in mid spring before the leaves. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves turn an outstanding orange in the fall. The fruits are showy cherry red drupes carried in abundance in mid summer, which are excellent for cooking and baking, making jams and jellies and wine-making but which can be messy if allowed to drop on the lawn or walkways. This is a self-pollinating variety, so it doesn't require a second plant nearby to set fruit. The smooth dark red bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.
Mesabi Cherry is a deciduous tree with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.
This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Mesabi Cherry is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Orchard/Edible Landscaping
Mesabi Cherry will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.
This tree 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 particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.