When it comes to cherries, the Bing variety tops the list in terms of popularity and production. This hallmark of cherry trees is known as the standard for cherry flavor and can be a major producer once mature. In fact, a standard Bing cherry tree can provide as much as 50–100 lbs. of cherries per year!
- Produces large, heart-shaped fruit with a firm, meaty, purplish-red flesh and a semi-free stone — ideal for fresh eating and preserves
- Yields uniformly ripe fruit sometime in mid-June or mid-summer
- Blooms in early spring, with clusters of white flowers that have a delightful fragrance
- Begins to bear fruit in 5–6 years (standard tree)
- Requires cross-pollination — we suggest black Tartarian
- Will be delivered at a height of 3’–4′
- The Bing Cherry grows in zones 5-8
- Mature Height: 12’–35′
- Mature Spread: 12’–25′
- Growth Rate: Medium
- Shape: Rounded
- Sun Preference: Full Sun
- Soil Preference: Sandy, Well-drained
- Wildlife Value: A variety of birds and mammals relish the cherries. The foliage is browsed.
The exact details of the Bing cherry’s origin are not clear, but it was named in honor of a Chinese man named Ah Bing. He was a co-worker and nursery foreman for Seth Lewelling, the man who developed the Bing variety into America’s #1 cherry. Some believe that it was Bing who developed the new cultivar and should receive more credit. The first tree came from the seed of another new variety, Republican, in 1875. Today there are over 1000 varieties of sweet cherries, and Bing still tops the list both in popularity and production. It is the cherry against which all others are compared.