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All of the varieties of pie cherries listed in the chart below are self-fruitful, i.e. they do not require a second tree to bear fruit.

E—Extremely hardy, to -50oF or colder.
V—Very hardy, to -50o F with occasional winter injury.
M—Moderately hardy, to -40o F with occasional injury.

Approximate age of bearing
Pie cherries will begin to bear fruit in 2-4 years if given good care and planted in a favorable location. They should be screened to prevent rabbit and rodent damage.

Although there are no varieties of dark or light sweet cherries (like Bing, Black Tartarian, Royal Anne) hardy this far north, pie or "sour" cherries are much hardier and with care will flourish and fruit here. Not truly "sour", these are the bright red cherries used for pies, cheesecake topping, etc., and also quite delightful eaten fresh, as our nursery crew will attest. (They like to blame it on the birds.) Late Spring frosts can occasionally kill the blossoms on these early-blooming pie cherries, a problem which can be partially prevented by planting in a protected spot near a house or barn. Cold air flows downhill, so if possible plant cherry trees on or near the top of hillsides. They grow best in rich, well-drained soils.

Use the table below to choose  pie cherry varieties.

Price — 2 to 4 ft. trees $24.00 each (Bali trees are 1 to 2 ft)

Variety Hardiness Parentage Description
(size of Bali trees--1 to 2 feet)
"No Subs" is not an option on this item. We are short on Bali cherries this year. We will fill your orders for Bali as long as our stock lasts. When we run out of Bali, if you do not list a preferred substitute, we will stubstitute a Carmine Jewel dwarf bush cherry with its own brass tag.
E-V Unknown Discovered growing near Edmonton, Alberta, by Dr. Ieuan Evans, Bali has fruited after withstanding  minus 43 degrees F.  A vigorous grower and precocious producer, yielding large (up to1 inch) fruit excellent for pies, sauces, jams and even fresh eating. Five year old trees (about 7 ft tall) have produced up to 10 gallons of fruit. Trees are from tissue culture, which means there is no graft or rootstock to worry about. Natural dwarf. Great for U-pick operations.
Balaton M-P Unknown,
morello type
New to the U.S.; not as hardy as Montmorency. Originated in Hungary, brought to the U.S. in 1984 by Dr. Amy Iezzoni. Fruit deep red in color at maturity, with red flesh and juice. Fruit firm, a bit sweeter than most tart cherries. Vigorous grower. Space 25-35 feet apart.
Meteor V Montmorency X 
Russian variety
We find this variety excellent and more vigorous than Northstar. The fruit is delicious and while not as deep red as Northstar, is fine for pies, compotes, etc. Introduced by Univ. of Minnesota in 1952. Natural dwarf. Space 10-15 feet apart. 
Montmorency V-M Sweet Cherry X
Prunus tomentosa
The standard for comparison in sour cherries and known since the 1600's. Montmorency has been known to grow and fruit in Morden, Manitoba, although late frosts often take the crop. The tree is long-lived (50-60 years) and a vigorous grower, becoming very large. Space 25-35 feet apart.
Northstar M English morello X
Serbian Piel
Introduced by the Univ. of Minnesota in 1950. Fruit has red flesh and juice. Tree a natural dwarf. Space 10 to 15 feet apart.