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Planted at Mount Vernon

Planted at Mount Vernon Fruit Garden & Nursery Upper Garden

  • Fruit Garden & Nursery
  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    4 4 5 5b 6 6b 7 7b 8 8b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

    map legend 4 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b 8a 8b

    These cherries perform better than sweet cherries in the humid climate of Virginia's coastal region.

    Latin Name

    Prunus cerasus



    Type of Plant

    Fruits Fruits
    Trees Trees

    Bloom Season



    Spring Spring


    Max height Max Height: 30'
    Max spread Max Spread: 30'


  • Edible
  • Flowering Tree

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun

    Attracted Wildlife

    Birds Birds


    Native Range

    Europe, southwest Asia


    While legend has it that a young George cut down a cherry tree, this is a myth which originated in a biography written by Mason Locke Weems just after Washington's death.

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator
    Grown by Washington Grown by Washington

    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

    Bring Washington's Garden Home

    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

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