It’s a great ornamental tree that besides being covered in white flowers in the spring has the added benefit of beautiful red fruit.
We cover the tree with netting when the fruit starts to ripen. It’s a fairly difficult job now that the tree has grown so large, but it’s necessary, or the birds will take all the fruit. There are too many catbirds, grackles, waxwings, and robins in my neighborhood! I don’t spray, so I will find worms in the cherries occasionally. Even so, there’s such a great quantity of fruit that I have more than enough cherries for all the fresh pies I can bake plus lots to freeze for winter. The cherries start to ripen around July 4, and the harvest continues for about two weeks. I picked this basketful tonight before supper.
I like to make cherry pie with a topping like a fruit crisp, using oats, brown sugar, butter, and flour plus slivered almonds. This weekend I baked two pies and brought them to work for everyone to enjoy. I sweetened the pies with some of the honey the beekeeper gave me when he took the bee swarm out of the cherry tree in June. With vanilla ice cream it was divine!