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Meteor Cherry on Mahaleb (Spring 2021)


An extremely cold-hardy Amarelle-style tart cherry.

Meteor is an excellent tree in almost every respect. Naturally dwarfing, it is vigorous yet grows only to 10-12 feet. It has an upright-spreading habit with a rounded crown and dense foliage that seems to help keep the birds out. It is also resistant to leaf spot and brown rot, and it has a late bloom that will avoid frost damage. Incredibly cold hardy, Meteor will tolerate temperatures as low as -50°F when dormant. Finally, this tree is fully self-fertile, needing no pollenizer, and it puts out a profuse, showy bloom in late spring, making it an attractive landscape addition.

The fruit is an Amarelle cherry. That is, like Montmorency, the skin is bright red and the flesh is pale. It produces a clear juice. Meteor ripens about a week later than Montmorency, and it makes great pies and sauce. The variety is a cross of Montmorency and two Russian cherries, Vladimr and Shubianka, which are the source of Meteor's remarkable cold hardiness. This tree is just about perfect for the home garden or small orchard.

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Meteor is an excellent tree in almost every respect. Naturally dwarfing, it is vigorous yet grows only to 10-12 feet. It has an upright-spreading habit with a rounded crown and dense foliage that seems to help keep the birds out. It is also resistant to leaf spot and brown rot, and it has a late bloom that will avoid frost damage. Incredibly cold hardy, Meteor will tolerate temperatures as low as -50°F when dormant. Finally, this tree is fully self-fertile, needing no pollenizer, and it puts out a profuse, showy bloom in late spring, making it an attractive landscape addition.

The fruit is an Amarelle cherry. That is, like Montmorency, the skin is bright red and the flesh is pale. It produces a clear juice. Meteor ripens about a week later than Montmorency, and it makes great pies and sauce. The variety is a cross of Montmorency and two Russian cherries, Vladimr and Shubianka, which are the source of Meteor's remarkable cold hardiness. This tree is just about perfect for the home garden or small orchard.


The Fruit

Fruit Type

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

Fruit Uses & Storage

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

Fruit Appearance

Skin color: red
Flesh color: yellow

Fruit Origins

Parentage: Montmorency x (Vladimr x Shubianka)
Origin: Minnesota
Introduced in: 1952
Introduced by: University of Minnesota Fruit Breeding Program

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 3 - 8
Chill hours: 800
Ripening date: Jul 12 (approximate, in New York State) + 7 days after Montmorency

Tree Height & Spacing

Rootstock: Mahaleb Rootstock
Rootstock size class: Semi-Standard (80% of Standard)
Tree spacing (natural spread of tree): 24'
Good for wildlife planting? N

Diseases & Pests

Cherry Leaf Spot : Resistant
Brown Rot, Blossom Blight, Fruit Rot: Resistant

Pollination

Pollination Factors

Bloom group:
Is it self-fertile? Y
Is it fertile?
Ploidy: Diploid
Rootstock size class: Semi-Standard (80% of Standard)

Pollination Partners

This table shows the first few results from a full search for pollenizers of Meteor 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.

Sweet cherries are not part of the search tool given various complexities. Learn more about Cherry pollination





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