Of all of the different types of cherry trees that are available, you can usually find them grouped into three categories.
Cherry trees are either:
The flowering types of cherry trees are generally planted for their display of floral beauty in the springtime.
Sweet cherry trees are planted for the pleasure of eating the fruit.
Sour cherry trees are grown for making pies, preserves and canning.
Choosing A Cherry Tree To Plant
If you’re thinking about planting a cherry tree, you need to decide if you want one with fruits or flowers.
Are you looking to be able to pick the cherries and use the tree for practical reasons, or do you really just want to add a gorgeous piece of floral decoration to your landscaping?
If you decide on a fruit tree, you have to consider another species possibly for cross-pollination, and if you have room for the two.
Below are a few favorite picks of different types of cherry trees:
Weeping Cherry Tree – This cherry tree is also commonly known as the Higan Cherry tree.
This breathtaking tree produces white or pink floral blossoms on limbs that have a “weeping” quality to them. These trees are often planted by water, including ponds, pools and large fountains so the water can reflect their beauty.
Yoshino Cherry Tree – This species is a Japanese Cherry tree, also flowering, that will produce white blossoms in the spring that smell amazing.
This is the kind of tree you plant where you’ll be able to enjoy the aroma waking you up through your bedroom window in the spring reminding you it’s a wonderful season.
In addition to its charming flowers, it has glossy dark leaves and a wet looking bark that make it quite unique to look at even when it’s not in bloom.
At full maturity, this tree can grow up to 50 feet tall. It is important when deciding what types of cherry trees that you want to plant that you take into consideration how much room you are willing to allow it to grow.
Bing Cherry Tree – Of all the types of cherry trees available, the Bing is the most popular.
The tree produces very sweet cherries that are ready to eat right off of the tree in the very late spring or early summer.
This species grows up to 30 feet tall and requires another type of cherry tree for cross-pollination.
Early Richmond Cherry Tree – In the late spring, the Early Richmond Cherry tree produces a very bright red but very sour fruit. If you plan on baking a lot of pies or making preserves that this is the tree for you. This tree is self-pollinating and when it is fully grown is generally smaller than a lot of other cherry trees and grow to a maximum of 15 to 18 feet tall.
Sunburst Cherry Tree – This self-pollinating cherry tree finds itself being a cross between the Van and the Stella Cherry trees. Its fruit is skinned, dark and irresistibly sweet, and it is ready to harvest in mid-summer.
Montmorency Cherry Tree – This is a popular tree in the family of sour cherry trees. Like the Early Richmond, it is ideal for producing fruit for preserves and pies. It grows to 30 feet tall and it is self-pollinating. This tree bears a lot of fruit.
Planting any type of tree is always a smart decision, but one that should be well thought out. Cherry trees come in an array of sizes and with different purposes, so you want to be sure that you have the proper growing room for certain species.
Take the time, go through the information on different types of cherry trees and choose one that is right for you.