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Mazzard Cherry

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Planted commercial rootstock sucker in NE Orchard 2018



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 It is believed that wild sweet mazzard cherries are the oldest known sweet cherry rootstock dating back to the early Greeks and Romans. Still the most widely used rootstock for sweet (and tart) cherries, also grown as an ornamental. It is native to Europe and Asia and has been cultivated in the U.S. since colonial times, and used in breeding of sweet cherries. The fruit is red to black, small, also called "Bird Cherry".

2022 - Decided to prune top off down in April to a good bud at about 3 feet. It made good new healthy growth.

2021 - Still sad looking thanks to previous deer damage but it is doing its best to recover and grow.

2020 - This past winter a deer had apparently taken a liking to the seedling, reaching over the fence surround to pull out and eat all the laterals, pulling chunks of the trunk out as well. It was a sad sight! I was going to just cut it down but didn't get around to it and it has survived and continued growing. I'm hoping a bud will grow below the worst of the damage that I can train to be the new leader. 

2019 - Grew surprisingly well, tall, vigorous and healthy.

2018 - Mazzard rootstock sucker from original Meteor Cherry (near windmill) from Fedco. Dug and transplanted to NorthEast Orchard to let grow as it wants. Be interesting to see what the Mazzard fruit is like. All trees in this "rough" orchard where we had cleared (cut down) many white pines and wild black cherries will be allowed to grow their natural height, protected with fence cages until above deer height.

Copyright Susan Robishaw

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