Warm Climate Cherry Trees

sultry_jasmine_nights (Florida 9a)August 12, 2010

I found this Tulare cherry tree today when looking at fruiting trees. This one says it is a newer variety and needs only 400 chill hours and will fruit in zn 6 to 9b. Does anyone have any experience with the Tulare, Brooks, or Coral varieties or getting any other true cherry trees to fruit in North florida? I'm in NE FL and my dd wants a cherry tree badly lol.


Here is a link that might be useful: Tulare Cherry Tree

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There are actually two other varieties of sweet cherry with lower reported chill hours (Minnie Royal 200-300hours and Royal Lee 200-300hrs).

I am about 30 miles north of Tampa and do plan on testing these two cv's in my area this year.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2010 at 9:57PM
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tropicalfreak(z10b Ft Lauderdale)

Jamaican Cherries are delicious. Lisa turned me on to those... they taste like coconut.


    Bookmark   August 13, 2010 at 11:17PM
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sultry_jasmine_nights (Florida 9a)

jb_fla thank you I will check out those two varieties.

Tropicalfreak: Is the Jamaican cherry similar to the Barbados cherry? I had heard about the Barbados but not the Jamaican. Cool!

    Bookmark   August 14, 2010 at 10:05AM
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I have a hedge of the Surinam (?) cherry, both red and black... and they are delish... but the birds and bugs get them first.....sally

    Bookmark   August 14, 2010 at 12:26PM
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littlewomen(Zone 9)

Hmm, I will have to look into these. We are planning on planting fruit trees on our property and would love to do some cherries.

    Bookmark   August 14, 2010 at 7:21PM
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IMO barbados cherries are not great. Surinam cherries, particuarly the black ones are good, but probably an aquired taste. Other 'tropical cherries' that are quite good are Grumichama, Pitomba and Cherry of the Rio Grande (COTRG).

Of all of these I like Grums the most, pitomba's taste more apricot-ish. But COTRG are very good and can handle all the cold zone 9 gets (mine got 18deg this year with no damage).

    Bookmark   August 15, 2010 at 8:27PM
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