A modern pear cultivar selected for flavor and fireblight resistance.
Meteor Cherry on Mahaleb (Spring 2023)
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.
Fruit Uses & Storage
Uses: jam, baking, canning, freezing, jelly, sauce
Storage duration: less than one month (approximate, depending on storage conditions)
Skin color: red
Flesh color: yellow
Parentage: Montmorency x (Vladimr x Shubianka)
Introduced in: 1952
Introduced by: University of Minnesota Fruit Breeding Program
Calendar & Geography
Tree Height & Spacing
Diseases & Pests
Is it self-fertile? Y
Is it fertile?
Rootstock size class: Half-Standard (60% of Standard)
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