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  Fruit Trees: Cherries                                          

With a few exceptions, cherry trees need a second variety for cross-pollination in order to bear fruit. We list a few, but not all of the acceptable pollinators for each variety. If a certain variety will NOT work as a pollinator, we mention that, too.

For more information about planting, growing and pollination,
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  Semi-Dwarf Cherries  
Transcendent Fruit up to 2" wide with a red blush. Excellent for jelly and pickling. A good pollinator. Self-fruitful. Ripens in August. Easily kept to 10.
Black, sweet, firm, juicy fruit on a heavily producing tree. Ripens in early July. Rainier, Sam and Stella are good pollinators. (Royal Ann & Lambert are not) 15-20.
Bing Cherry 
Glacier Cherry Glacier
Large, very flavorful, dark red cherry that is crack resistant. Many say this has a better flavor than Bing! Self fertile 15-20.
Very large, black firm fruit with a tangier flavor than Bing. Ripens in late July. Lapins, Rainier and Sam are good pollinators. (Royal Ann & Bing are not)15-20.
Lambert Cherry
Lapins Cherry Lapins
Black, split-resistant fruit with very good flavor. Ripens in July. Self-fertile and a good pollinator for other cherries. 15-20.
Standard pie cherry, medium to large red fruit. Very productive. Ripens mid-to-late July. Deciduous. Full sun. Self-fertile but will NOT pollinate sweet cherries. 12-15.
Montmorency Cherry
Ranier Cherry  Rainier
Yellow skin with a pink blush. Delicious, sweet flesh is best fresh. Ripens in early July. Bing, Lapins and Sam are good pollinators. 15-20.
Royal Ann
Very large yellow, red-blushed fruit with sweet flesh. Great for fresh eating; good for canning. The heavy crops ripen in July. Lapins, Rainier and Sam are good pollinators. (Bing & Lambert are not) 15-20.
Royal Ann Cherry
Sam Cherry Sam
Large, jet black, firm, good quality fruit that is also split resistant.
Ripens in early July. Bing, Lambert, Lapins and Royal Ann are good pollinators. 15-20.
Black, firm, sweet, juicy excellent quality fruit. Ripens in July.
Self-fertile. 15-20.
Stella Cherry
Combo Semi-Dwarf 4-Way Cherry
Red Cherry Includes the following varieties on one tree: Bing, Lapins, Rainier, and Sweetheart.  
Gisela Dwarf Cherries
Bing, Glacier, Kristen, Montmorency, Rainier, Royal Ann, Sam, Stella , Sweetheart & Van are on Gisela rootstock. 8-10 height. Use same description for the fruit as semi-dwarf.

Gisela Cherry rootstock creates shorter cherry trees that are easier to net, and produces more fruit at a younger age.
Red Cherry
Kristin Cherry Kristin
Black-red, sweet and firm, this exceptional variety rates high in taste tests. Fruit is crack resistant and is good for our climate.
New variety that has performed well at WSU and Mr. Vernon. Large bright red cherry with excellent flavor. Vigorous, productive and crack resistant. 8-10.
Sweetheart Cherry
Van Cherry Van This older variety is still popular. Black-red fruit is shiny, firm and sweet. A good pollinator for other cherries.
Cherry Blossom Chart

Cherries bloom more or less at the same time so usually two different
varieties will work well together. The exception to this rule is pie cherries
do not pollinate sweet cherries.  Also no combination of Bing, Lambert &
Royal Ann will produce cherries.

Early Bloomers
Royal Ann
Early to Mid Bloomers
Mid Bloomers
Late Bloomers

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