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Surefire Pie Cherry

Original price $59.99 - Original price $59.99
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$59.99 - $59.99
Current price $59.99

Prunus cerasus ‘Surefire’

A surefire, easy-picking choice for the backyard grower and U-Pick marketers. Because it is very late flowering, it evades and tolerates frosts and annually produces large, crack-resistant crops. Skin, juice, and flesh are fire engine red. Its high sugar content make it excellent for eating fresh, and the vivid red makes the dried fruit look extra tasty! It ripens a week after Montmorency. So highly regarded, it is the first sour cherry introduced by the N.Y. Geneva Experiment station in 107 years. On Dwarf Gisela 5 rootstock.

Gisela 5 is a dwarfing rootstock, 50% of standard size, that induces heavy early fruit production. Trees can be maintained at 10 to 12 feet tall. Gisela 5 is more forgiving of shallow soils and a better choice than the even more dwarfing Gisela 3 for people with enough room for this somewhat larger tree.

USDA Zone: 4-9

Grow Height: 12' (Dwarf)

Sun: Full Sun

Ripening Time: August

Pollination: Self-Fertile

Rootstock: Gisela 5

Read our Cherry Growing Guide

Size: Dwarf (4'-5')


Ask a Question
  • Will the Surefire cherry pollinate other cherry trees? Thank you

    It will pollinate other sour cherry trees, yes.

  • How many chill hours does the surefire pie cherry tree require?

    Currently undetermined. As a NY state cultivar it is likely to need 800-1200 chilling hours.

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews

Very pleased

So far, so good

I received my Surefire Cherry via UPS last week but needed to wait a couple of days to plant since it was very hot and sunny. I followed the detailed guidelines from the Raintree website about preparing the planting site and watering and planted the tree about 1 week ago. It is very healthy, has already started sending out leaves, and I was surprised to see several clusters of cherry blossoms. I'm very eager to see how it does in the coming year.

Ordered 2 apple trees last year received them this spring.

The trees I received are the nicest looking trees I have ever gotten in the mail. They are alive and doing ok .
I my experience spring planted trees never don’t really do much the first year . The trees I planted last fall from another company that looked like just a stick when I planted them have all grown and passed the trees I bought from you . I know it’s the spring planting that stunted them . It’s unfortunate that you don’t do fall shipping your trees are amazing. You lack of fall shipping sucks . I have planted a good amount of tree this happens every time I plant in the spring it’s a loss of a year of growth.

First 3+ Months

3 months in and it is leafed out, looks healthy and happy, and has great promise. Excellent roots upon arrival. I will update after winter and into the first true spring. *6b, very hot dry summer, very windy in all seasons

Amy F.
Surefire is accurate!

Starting its second year, this little tree has produced a crop of cherries without fail. Arctic freeze in November kills 85% of the orchard? Cherries in the spring from the Surefire tree! It s 10F with over a foot of snow in late April while the tree is in full bloom? No worries, mate! Cherries galore come June. The cherries themselves are bright red and firm, with good sour cherry flavor.

We are in Colorado where our soil is terrible, our weather (see above) is terrible, but this little tree just keeps going! It s been in the ground six years now and is about 6 tall.