The Q&A Archives: Planting dwarf cherry

Question: I live in zone 8 near San Antonio Texas and am planting a dwarf cherry tree. What is the best way to keep it safe in our 90-100 degree summers? Will it fruit?

Answer: Cherry trees survive the desert southwest summer heat so they should be just fine in San Antonio. The key is to plant now so the roots have a chance to become established before the summer heat arrives. Water your tree well once or twice a week during the hottest months of the year. Ornamental cherry trees are most popular in your region. Sour cherry trees will produce fruit but sweet cherries will not. Hope you have the right variety in your yard!

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