The wild, or sweet, cherry is native to Western Turkey, Europe, Northwestern Africa, and Western Asia. That's a lot of places! While there are many cherry varieties, most cherry plants fall into two categories: the sweet cherry, usually called Wild Cherry, with the binomial name Prunus avium, and the sour cherry, widely known as Tart Cherry, with the binomial name Prunus cerasus.
Cherry trees grow well in almost any kind of soil. The kind of soil to steer clear of, though, is soil that doesn't drain well. Also, if you spread a layer of mulch around your cherry tree, it will help your tree grow better, and protect it from lawn mowers! Cherries like lots of direct sunlight, so make sure to plant it in a really sunny spot.
Cherries are used for a lot of different things. Personally, I absolutely love cherry pie! Cherries are also used in fruit salad, to make yogurt, and delicious jams. They're good to eat by themselves, too. Careful, though, if you eat too many cherries it could give you diarrhea!
Cherries, like raspberries, are part of the rose family. A fun fact about cherry trees is that when the bark is damaged, the tree makes a gum to seal up the injury. You can take that gum and use it as a substitute for chewing gum! The binomial name of the wild, or sweet cherry, is Prunus avium and the binomial name of the sour, or tart cherry is Prunus cerasus.
It may be possible to find any cherry farms near your location. We have built a map that will show all of the berry farms in our directory!