cherry tree selection
I'm in need of replacing a cherry tree with one that is more manageable. I currently have a full sized Van that is over 40 feet tall and 35 feet wide. it is loaded with fruit but I never get any due to the birds. I can scare out of the tree over 200 birds every few minutes. They clean the tree of fruit in about 5 days well before the cherries reach the ripe stage! I'm left with an occasional cherry that is well out of reach for my tallest ladder.
I need a tree that can be netted to keep out the birds.
I also live in a small depression where the cold air can settle causing my night time temperatures to dip well below those in the area surrounding us, often giving me very late frosts for this area. Therefore I loose a lot of fruit on the early blooming trees due to late frosts.
I'm looking for a small tree, probably a full dwarf , one that blooms as late as possible , but mostly important one that is very sweet and very tasty. A tree that I don't enjoy will be of little value.
A couple of tree I have looked into are the Stella for its self pollinating properties, the Rainier for its flavor and sweetness, the Lipen for its late fruit and self pollinating and the Van I currently have is a good cherry. Very firm and quite sweet. but I need something much smaller.
I could easily plant two small trees in the area of this beast sized tree we now have!
I welcome anyone that has experience along this line.