The Q&A Archives: Planting Cherry Tree

Question: Home Depo is selling black cherry trees these days. Is it the right time to plant it? And, does it need a pollinator? Generally, what should be the distance between two trees (Any kind) for pollination purposes or it would vary?

Answer: Sweet cherries require cross pollination so you'll need at least two different varieties in order to have fruit on both. Your trees should be planted within 50' of one another. As for which ones pollinate which ones, choose cherries that flower at the same time and they should provide pollination for one another.

In order of flowering/ripening, here's the list from earliest to latest: Hartland,
Summit, Emperor Francis, Kristin, Ulster, Black Gold; Schmidt's Bigarreau, Lapins,
Hedelfingen, Royalton; Gold, Sweetheart, Hudson, Regina.

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