British Columbia Early Richmond Cherry Tree Seeds - High Yieldin

British Columbia Early Richmond Cherry Tree Seeds - High Yieldin

British Columbia Early Richmond Cherry Tree

- 5 Seeds-


Early Richmond Cherry Tree is a heavy-yielding fruit tree with ornamental qualities.  Use one as a specimen tree for your yard, fruit tree for your garden or even as a pretty shade tree to relax under during those hot summer afternoons.

There’s nothing like having your very own cherry tree.  A profuse bloom of abundant white flowers in the spring will welcome summer like no other tree in your yard.  The glossy dark-green foliage will fill out your tree, and soon a sumptuous feast of succulent, sun-warmed cherries will be within your reach.  Again, there is simply nothing like it!

Your Early Richmond Cherry Tree ripens a week earlier than other cherries, so you won’t have to wait to partake of its delicious bounty.  In fact, it’s the first sour cherry available in late spring.

The round, bright red cherry has a delicious tart flavor that is perfect for pies, cobblers, dessert sauces, preserves, and jams.  If you choose to leave the fruit on the tree, your songbirds will be sure to thank you for the special treat.

Early Richmond Cherry is a hardy, rounded tree that will produces prolifically for many years. It grows only 15' tall with a span of 10'-20', so won’t take up much space in your yard.  In fact, it can be held to almost any height with summer pruning.

* Delicious, early maturity fruit
* Spring flowers
* Wildlife interest
* Hardy

Hardiness Zones

The Early Richmond cherry can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 4–8.

Tree Type

This is a fruit tree, grown primarily for the edible fruit it produces.

Mature Size

The standard early Richmond cherry typically grows to a height of about 18' and a spread about 30' at maturity. The dwarf variety grows to a height of about 8' with a spread of about 12–15'.

Growth Rate

This tree grows at a medium rate, with height increases of 13–24" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun is the ideal condition for this tree, meaning it should get at least six hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The early Richmond cherry prefers well-drained, sandy and loamy soil. It has some drought tolerance.


This tree: 

  • Should be staked to ensure its ability to bear the weight of the fruit and protect against leaning.
  • Produces bright red, medium-sized, juicy fruit with a thin light red skin and tart flavor--ideal for pies and preserves.
  • Requires more pruning than sweet cherry trees.
  • Ripens in June, a week earlier than other pie cherries.
  • Is hardier in cold climates and more tolerant of drought, humidity and rainy conditions than sweet cherries.
  • Grows in a rounded shape.
  • Begins to bear fruit 3–5 years (standard tree).
  • Blooms in late spring, with clusters of white flowers.
  • Is available in standard.
  • Is self-fertile, but planting 2 or more varieties is recommended for a better crop.
  • Has a chill hours (CU) requirement of 700. (Chill hours are the average hours of air temperature between 32° and 45° F in a typical winter season.)
  • Features leathery, elliptic leaves with acute tips that are smooth and dark green on top, measure 3" long and are double-toothed on the margin.

Wildlife Value

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 auction is for 5 seeds of British Columbia Early Richmond Cherry Tree. 

These seeds were freshly harvested in last fall on Vancouver Island and tested viable for planting.

A Planting instruction is included

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