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Also known as the Mazzard cherry, this deciduous tree is native to Europe and Asia. Blossoms are white and the bark is a red mahogany. It has been cultivated since ancient times and is the source from which our present-day eating cherries are derived.
Mazzard cherry grows 60 feet tall and spreads 30 to 40 feet. The tree tolerates any garden soil but likes a sunny, protected site. The growth rate is rapid and transplanting should be easy. The white flowers appear in April or May. The fall color is bronze and red.
Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Warm stratify for 30 days, cold stratify for 120 days
Sow seed 1/4 inch deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed
Other: Natural fall sowing in mulched beds for spring germination