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Fruit Varieties Journal
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American Pomological Society

Volume 42 Number 3 Article 1 Pages: 74-75
Year 1988 Month 7
Title: 'Montmorency' Sour Cherry
Author: A.F. Iezzoni
'Montmorency' reigns supreme as the only sour cherry cultivar recom mended for commercial planting in the United States; it currently repre sents approximately 99 percent of the sour cherry production. Within the U.S., 'Montmorency' production is concentrated in those areas where the mean summer temperature (June, July, August) is near 15C (5), the minimum winter temperature is -35C (G. S. Howell, personal communication), and spring freeze damage is limited. As a result, approximately 75 percent of the U.S crop is produced in Michigan. Next in order of importance are New York, Utah, Wisconsin, and Pennsyl vania, with increasing acreages in Washington and Oregon. 'Montmor ency Y success is its productivity de spite low crop years due to occasional spring freezes, and its fruit quality which has become the industry standard. The skin of the fruit is bright red, the juice clear, the pit relatively round, and the flesh fairly firm.

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