The Late Duke cherries were one of the most popular cherries which thrive in cold and warm climates. Thought to be the "true English Cherry" in 1797. The Late Duke is often used for both cooking and fresh eating. The fruit hangs long on the tree and will often be picked first for cooking and later for fresh eating. The fruit is large light colored early and deep rich red when fully ripe. Yellow flesh, tender and juicy. If you desire late cherries plant this variety on a northern slope, against a northern wall or where in any way shaded or in a cool soil, these delicious cherries can be harvested into August in colder climates. The tree is hardy and its blossoming-time is late so that the variety is well adapted to northern latitudes. Spreading tree around 10 to 12 ft.when mature. Disease resistant and easier to grow than sweet cherries. Self-fruitful. Please see below for further information on our Late Duke sour cherry trees for sale.
Water Requirements:12-15 gallons per week May through Sept.
Shape when Shipped:Feathered and whips (few side branching)
Size supplied when shipped:Our trees range in height from 4-8 ft. in our field and trimmed to 4 to 5 ft. when shipped. Our young two year trees are most often feathered (side limbs). The trees diameter (caliper) is often 1/2 to 3/4 inch;
*As noted by University of California Scientists and other qualified professionals the most successful trees often have caliper from 1/2" to 5/8" and usually establish faster than smaller and larger planting stock.
Basic idea for Pruning:Most fruit trees should be pruned in frost-free periods mid to late winter. (apricots best after bud break) Remove most vertical branches and shorten side branches. Fruiting wood is best on horizontal to 45 degree limbs. Learn more...
Shipping Note:Our fruit trees and berries are delivered to you bareroot during their winter dormancy from January through May depending on USDA zone. Trees are shipped with your invoice and helpful planting directions. There is no minimum quantity required but shipping rate for an individual tree is expensive since UPS/Fed Ex charge a dimensional weight and an additional handling fee to ship a tree. You'll find it's cost effective to consider a handful of trees,vines or our helpful Tree Starter Kits.