Prunus cerasus ‘Montmorency’
Drought, Loamy, Sandy, Well Drained
The fruit is eaten by many birds and mammals. The foliage is browsed. Flocks of birds are the greatest threat to the trees. They will eat the cherries at the first sign of ripeness. Nylon or cheesecloth netting draped over the trees as the fruits begin to ripen is an effective deterrent. This technique can be very practical if the trees are kept to a reasonable height by pruning.
This cherry takes its name from the Montmorency Valley in France, where it was developed sometime before the 17th century. Its fame quickly spread to England. It has been cultivated under various names in the United States from at least the early 19th century. It accounts for 95% of all production of sour cherries.