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Danube™ Cherry on Mahaleb (Spring 2024)


A sweet-tart Morello-type cherry from Hungary. Also known as Erdi Bötermö.

Danube™ is a Hungarian sweet-tart cherry that grows on a large, spreading tree. It blooms early and is slightly less cold hardy than fully tart cherries like Montmorency. Although Danube™ is partially self-fertile, early research suggests that sweet-tart cherries may have improved yields when partnered with a sweet cherry pollenizer. We recommend Sweetheart™, an early-blooming "universal pollenizer."

In her 1982 cookbook, Jane Grigson wrote, "The precious unkeepable cherry was the fruit of paradise, the glimpse and symbol of perfection." However that may be, the Danube™ cherry actually has exceptionally good keepability, and it can sit at room temperature for several days without losing quality. Its Hungarian name, Erdi Bötermö, translates as "abundant of Erd," with reference to the town of its origin, and this tree was brought to America by Amy Iezzoni during her travels in the 80s and 90s, along with Balaton™ and Jubileum™. The large, glossy fruits ripen about a week before Montmorency. They are very sweet and do not bleed when the stem is removed. This is a great cherry for fresh eating, pies, and maybe even a little cherry wine.

Photos by Amy Iezzoni.

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Danube™ is a Hungarian sweet-tart cherry that grows on a large, spreading tree. It blooms early and is slightly less cold hardy than fully tart cherries like Montmorency. Although Danube™ is partially self-fertile, early research suggests that sweet-tart cherries may have improved yields when partnered with a sweet cherry pollenizer. We recommend Sweetheart™, an early-blooming "universal pollenizer."

In her 1982 cookbook, Jane Grigson wrote, "The precious unkeepable cherry was the fruit of paradise, the glimpse and symbol of perfection." However that may be, the Danube™ cherry actually has exceptionally good keepability, and it can sit at room temperature for several days without losing quality. Its Hungarian name, Erdi Bötermö, translates as "abundant of Erd," with reference to the town of its origin, and this tree was brought to America by Amy Iezzoni during her travels in the 80s and 90s, along with Balaton™ and Jubileum™. The large, glossy fruits ripen about a week before Montmorency. They are very sweet and do not bleed when the stem is removed. This is a great cherry for fresh eating, pies, and maybe even a little cherry wine.

Photos by Amy Iezzoni.


The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Cherry
Subcategory: Tart/Pie, Self-Fertile

Fruit Uses & Storage

Uses: fresh eating, jam, baking, canning, jelly
Storage duration: less than one month (approximate, depending on storage conditions)

Fruit Appearance

Skin color: red
Flesh color: red

Fruit Origins

Parentage: unknown
Origin: Erd, Hungary
Introduced in: 1980s
Introduced by:

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 5 - 8
Chill hours: Not yet determined
Ripening date: Jun 28 (approximate, in New York State) 7 days before Montmorency

Tree Height & Spacing

Rootstock: Mahaleb Rootstock
Rootstock size class: Half-Standard (60% of Standard)
Tree spacing: See details
Good for wildlife planting? N

Diseases & Pests

Danube™ Cherry on Mahaleb does not have any diseases or pests associated with it at this time.

Pollination

Pollination Factors

Bloom group:
Is it self-fertile? Partial
Is it fertile?
Ploidy: Diploid
Rootstock size class: Half-Standard (60% of Standard)

Pollination Partners

This table shows the first few results from a full search for pollenizers of Danube™ Cherry on Mahaleb. Please see our Pollenizer Search to run other queries and read how the application uses various factors. Also read more about fruit tree pollination.

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