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Cherry, Sweet

Rosaceae Prunus avium L.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

The sweet cherry tree is an upright grower, medium in size, up to 40 or more feet, but usually held to 20 feet or less by pruning. The deciduous leaves are oblong-ovate. Fruits have smooth, thin skins which adhere to the fleshy pulp. They are globose to heart shaped, depressed at the stem, 0.75 to an inch in diameter. They are borne on 1 to 3 inch stems, in groups of 1 to 5. Color varies in different varieties from light red to near black, a few yellow.

Season, bloom to harvest: 80 to 100 days.

Production in U.S.: About 90,000 tons.

Use: Fresh eating, canned, maraschino.

Part consumed: All except pit.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch