Cherry Bing

Cherry Bing


Description: The Cherry 'Bing' produces large, heart-shaped cherries with deep red to almost black skin when fully ripe. The flesh is firm, juicy, and sweet with a rich flavor, making it one of the most popular sweet cherry varieties for fresh eating. 'Bing' cherries are typically harvested in late spring to early summer, depending on the climate and location. The tree itself has an attractive growth habit with glossy green leaves and clusters of white blossoms in spring.

Size: 'Bing' cherry trees are typically medium to large-sized trees, reaching heights of about 15 to 30 feet (4.5 to 9 meters) at maturity, with a similar spread. However, the size of individual trees can vary depending on factors such as growing conditions, rootstock, and pruning practices. 'Bing' cherry trees have an upright growth habit with a rounded canopy, and they may require some pruning to maintain their shape and size.

Growing Zones: The Cherry 'Bing' is hardy in USDA plant hardiness zones 5 through 8. These zones encompass regions with temperate climates, including areas with cold winters and warm, sunny summers. 'Bing' cherries perform best in areas with well-drained soil and full sun exposure. They are particularly well-suited to regions with a Mediterranean climate, where they can experience hot, dry summers and cool, moist winters.

Soil and Sun Requirements: 'Bing' cherries prefer well-drained, loamy soil with good fertility and a pH level between 6.0 and 7.5. They require full sun exposure to ensure optimal growth and fruit production. Adequate air circulation around the tree is important for minimizing the risk of fungal diseases such as cherry leaf spot and brown rot. 'Bing' cherries can tolerate a range of soil types, including loamy, sandy, or clay soils, as long as they are well-drained.

Pollination: 'Bing' cherry trees are partially self-fertile, meaning they can set fruit with their own pollen but may benefit from cross-pollination with another compatible sweet cherry variety to increase fruit set and yield. Planting another sweet cherry variety nearby can help ensure successful pollination and maximize fruit production.

Pruning and Maintenance: Proper pruning is essential for maintaining the health, shape, and productivity of 'Bing' cherry trees. Pruning should be done in late winter or early spring while the tree is still dormant. This helps remove old, diseased, or crossing branches and encourages the growth of new, fruit-bearing shoots. Regular irrigation, especially during dry periods and when fruit is developing, is also important for optimal tree health and fruit quality.

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