What type of cherry tree do I have?

Asked July 5, 2014, 2:47 AM EDT

We have a tree that has produced a ton of cherries this year. The cherries aren't really large and are kind of pale red on the outside and yellowish on the inside. They really aren't sour but not overly sweet. The tree was there when we bought the house and it was originally a short, ornamental, weeping kind of tree, but at the spot where the weeping branches had been grafted a shoot was growing. We decided to cut off the grafted part and let the trunk of the tree continue to grow as it was naturally inclined to do. In just the 5 years we've lived here it has grown a ton ( about 20 feet) but this is the first year it has grown any kind of pick able fruit. Oh and the leaves have jagged teeth around the edges and at the base of the leaf on the stem are 2 reddish dots. Just wondering if you can help identify this variety and if the fruit is okay to eat?

Utah County Utah

1 Response

One of the most common rootstocks that is used in the nursery business is called Mazzard. In reality Mazzard is simply a seedling of the native sweet cherry tree, Prunus avium. From your description this sounds like what you have. These trees take 5 or more years to come into production and grow very rapidly. Since it is a seedling it is not possible to determine the quality of the fruit until it begins to produce. Fruit on seedling trees can be very small to relatively large, sweet to sour or even bitter in taste and dark red to yellow or something in between for color. Fruit of P. avium is edible.