Early Richmond Cherry (Prunus cerasus)
Category: Fruit & Nut Trees
The Early Richmond cherry tree was first established in England as early as the 1500.it is believed to have been brought by the settlers to US. The tree has been valued for its hardiness condition in addition to its ability to bear delicious edible cherries. It is considered to be a hardy cherry tree which does well in USDA zones of four to eight.
The tree has a medium growth rate. It grows into a round shape and can live for several years. Under good conditions, it can grow to a height of fifteen feet with a spread of ten to twenty inches. Its dwarf variety can grow to a height of eight feet with a span of twelve to fifteen inches. It usually doesn’t take too much space in the yard or area of establishment. Moreover, it can be held to almost any height, depending on the gardener, with summer pruning.
The Early Richmond cherry produces foliage with dark green smooth leaves. It also develops medium sized, dark-red, juicy cherries. Theses cherries have a tasteful tart flavor that is great for pies, jams, cobblers, and dessert sauces. These fruits are usually delicious to the songbirds and small animals. If the fruits are left on the tree, the songbirds can feed on them. To prevent this, a nylon or cheese cloth is usually used to drape the tree over.
The tree can well establish in moist to well-drained soil conditions. It is important to note that adequate drainage is recommended in order for this tree to produce adequate cherries.
The Early Richmond Cherry is considered a heavy-yielding cherry tree with an ornamental quality. It is suitable for yards or home gardens due to its profuse blooms of several white flowers produced during spring and which prevails into summer. In addition, are the glossy dark-green leaves with large sun warmed cherries that fills out the tree.
The Early Richmond Cherry tree has cherries that ripen earlier, approximately a week, than other cherries. It is considered to be the first sour cherry that is available in late springs. This tree is not only valued for its blooms or fruits but it can also be used as a shade to relax under during the hot summer afternoons.