CHERRY - Cerise de l'Ile
The name Cerise de L'Ile translates to "Cherry of the Island". This bright-red skinned cherry was growing wild along a fence line when we bought our farm 45 yrs ago. The 50 yr old mother tree is still producing fruit and we now have offspring planted all over our farm. From our experience, Cerise de l'Ile seems to be the only prunus species( of cherry, plum, etc) that is highly resistant to mouse damage...they do not like the taste of the bark which save us the need to protect the trunks with tree guards over the winter. The very juicy, sweet-tart fruit is delicious fresh but is also excellent for pies and jam. The small tree( 7-9 ft) is self-fertile and very hardy( Zone 2-3). Fruit is mature early August.
We sell self-rooted Cerise de L'Ile trees so as to maintain their winter resistance to COLD and MICE.