Height: 10 feet
Spread: 5 feet
Sunlight: full sun
Hardiness Zone: 2a
An early bloomer with large dark red to black tart cherries; fruit matures in late summer; excellent for fresh eating and processing; Self-pollinating, but production is increased when planted with a pollinator. Also available in shrub form.
Cupid Cherry is a small tree that is typically grown for its edible qualities. It produces dark red round fruit (technically 'drupes') with black overtones which are usually ready for picking in late summer. Note that the fruits have hard inedible pits inside which must be removed before eating or processing. The fruits have a sweet taste and a juicy texture.
The fruit are most often used in the following ways:
Features & Attributes
Cupid Cherry features showy clusters of fragrant white flowers along the branches in mid spring. It has green foliage throughout the season. The glossy oval leaves turn yellow in fall. The fruits are showy dark red drupes with black overtones, which are carried in abundance in mid summer.
This is a deciduous tree with a shapely oval form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition. This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Aside from its primary use as an edible, Cupid Cherry is sutiable for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Cupid Cherry will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 5 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more. This is a self-pollinating variety, so it doesn't require a second plant nearby to set fruit.
This tree is typically grown in a designated area of the yard because of its mature size and spread. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.