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Stark® Montmorency Pie Cherry Tree

(159 customer reviews)


Begins shipping mid-April.


Begins shipping
early September


America’s favorite cherry!

This early-season tree will give you pound after pound of bright-red, tart fruits—use them to make utterly delicious pies and cobblers, or freeze them for later use. The yellow flesh makes clear juice. A naturally dwarf tree, ideal for small spaces. Originates from Montmorency Valley, France in the 13th century, introduced to the U.S. in 1852. Cold-hardy. Ripens in June. Self-pollinating.


Bloom ColorWhite
Bloom PeriodMid-Late
Fruit ColorRed
Fruit SizeMedium
Soil CompositionLoamy
Soil pH Level6-7
Soil MoistureWell Drained-Average Moistness
Shade LevelFull Sun
Years to Bear3-5
Hardiness Zone Range4-7

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

Standard  3. 4.5 – 5.5 m tall x 4.5 – 5.5 m wide (15 – 18′ tall x 15 – 18′ wide)
Semi-Dwarf  3.5 – 4.5 m tall x 3.5 – 4.5 m wide (12 – 15′ tall x 12 – 15′ wide)

Recommended Spacing

Standard 4.5 – 5.5 m (15 – 18′)
Semi-Dwarf 3.5 – 4.5 m (12 – 15′)

Ship Height

Standard Supreme, Bare-root Ships 1 – 1.5 m tall (4 – 5′ tall) and/or with a 15.5 mm (5/8″) trunk.
Semi-Dwarf Supreme, Bare-root Ships 1 – 1.5 m tall (4 – 5′ tall) and/or with a 15.5 mm (5/8″) trunk.
Supreme XL Semi-Dwarf EZ Start® Ships 1 – 1.5 m tall (4 – 5′ tall) with advanced root system in a 23x23x30.5 cm (9x9x12″) EZ Start® Pot.


This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You’ll get fruit with only one plant!

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159 reviews for Stark® Montmorency Pie Cherry Tree

  1. RJ Green

    Ordered this tree twice and it died both times even with regular watering and good care. Have not had any issues with other fruit trees from Starkbros, they have done well.

  2. Dan Dixon

    Great cherry – the pie cherry standard. I have a dozen of these. We have loamy alkaline soil that is often wet. Except for the places where they stood in standing water, these have all survived and thrived. I love them because they require no spraying. They produce fruit very early in the year before the bugs and fungus have a lot of time to damage them.We have hot summers and lots of rain. Without fungicide, these all get yellow leaf spot and lose their leaves late in the summer. Depending on timing they sometimes relief or sometimes hold off until the next spring. I suspect it may limit their growth but they are still growing fine and bearing extremely well. We lost The whole crop to a late freeze last year, but this year had a bumper crop. The birds did not eat any of the cherries this year, but they were busy chasing cicadas which are tastier, I hear.

  3. elena saporta

    A prolific bearer of delicious fruit. Tree has lovely bark so is a handsome year-round addition to my garden.


    This cherry tree is a great performer in my cental Virginia fruit garden. It also appears to be very disease resistant, having to only treat it one year for rust. It is important to cover it with netting, if you want to get more cherries than the birds. I have had my tree for 10-12 years and just ordered 2 more from Stark this spring.

  5. Michael Martin

    Tree arrived and never really did anything. By fall it was dead. May have had a late start to the season or just a weak tree. With the guarantee, I’ll order another type and try again.

  6. Danielle Esposito

    It did not grow at all… bought miracle grow in ground dirt to assist but didn’t happen… it’s still in the ground.. I am not sure if it is possible it could grow next year

  7. Heather EdDahmouni

    Well established tree. A bit allow growing but overwintering well. Hoping for some decent growth in year three.

  8. Creg Johnson

    I planted 2 of these trees in mid april 2020 (bareroot). The trees are really thriving. Both of the trees are leafing out very well. One of the tree has 9 blooms on it after 2 weeks after planting. I am very impressed with the health and quality of the trees. I have ordered all kind of things from stark brothers and these seem (so far at least) to be the best quality item I have bought from stark. highly recommend.

  9. Rick Rick

    Incredibly fast growing. Looks like well established tree after just three years. It has grown so fast and so full, I needed to prune some mid season to ensure primary desired branches got enough light inside, until I did the more extensive correct pruning in the winter. The only complaint is there hasn’t been much fruit yet. The information provided about the tree says it begins bearing in 3-5 years, but typically from my experience with similarly developed trees, the fruiting can start earlier. I suspect that the small amount of fruit so far and the amazingly lush/fast growth might be because the spot planted was heavy with nutrients, I will be paying lots of attention this year to see, probably the fruit production will ramp up a lot because of the age of the tree and depletion of nutrients from all the past growth, but regardless, this is a very robust, healthy tree, so much so that it could stand as a nice ornamental tree even if it didn’t produce fruit.

  10. Glenn Marsch

    I purchased a Montmorency pie cherry tree last year. We had a wet year here in western PA, and alas it did not make it. And I know that gardening companies have to deal with customers who really don’t know how to garden or where to plant the tree that had just been purchased. I get that; I really do. But the last two times I have purchased stock from Stark Brothers I have been disappointed. This cherry tree was a bare stick with a highly unimpressive root system, and I was dismayed the second I unpacked it from the carton. It didn’t appear pruned; it was too tiny to be pruned. Perhaps the terminal six inches or so had been cut off; it was hard to tell. (Many of the grape vines I ordered (Itasca and Marquette) were not impressive but at least most of those survived.)When I first moved to Western PA 15 years ago, I bought two apple trees and two peach trees that did spectacularly well, not a surprise because the plants were clearly robust out of the package. I bought some grape vines then that did well too. I think I remembered that Stark Brothers used to throw in a few seeds or other plants gratis. This was highly appreciated; but it is no longer done. I am at the point now that I won’t recommend Stark Brothers anymore or buy anything more from your company, and that would be a shame. My family has been buying from Stark Brothers for over 50 years, and I have always been a fan, but to my mind, I think the quality of the stock has diminished.

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