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.
U.S., 'Montmorency' production is
concentrated in those areas where the
mean summer temperature (June, July,
August) is near 15°C (5), the minimum
winter temperature is -35°C (G. S.
Howell, personal communication), and
spring freeze damage is limited.
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
The skin of the fruit is bright
red, the juice clear, the pit relatively
round, and the flesh fairly firm.
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