UACES Facebook Cherry


(July 2008)

QuestionI live at Pendleton, Ar. (10 miles from Dumas). I was wondering if we can raise cherry trees here.


AnswerCherry trees do grow in Arkansas, but they are a bit difficult to grow in our climate, and often birds get more of the fruit than the grower.  Tart cherries are a bit easier to grow in Arkansas, (especially south Arkansas) than the sweet cherries.  The sweet cherries are more prone to diseases and cracking, plus are less tolerant of heat and humidity.  The new cultivars of tart cherries are all self-fruitful, so you only need one tree to have a crop.  Choose a variety that is small enough to allow for protective bird netting to keep birds at bay.

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