Cherry of the Rio Grande Tips

  • Cherry of the Rio Grande will take hard cutbacks. Ours was cut back by more than half to about 2.5m. It has now bushed out and shot up about 1m. It has also light flowered and set some fruit. In our yard it’s a moderately vigorous small tree. Fruit are excellent, up to 45mm, pear shaped, like a very soft tasty black cherry with smaller seed. Unfortunately they don’t handle very well and need to be eaten straight from the tree, just like the birds do. A very useful attractive plant that in the US they say will take down to 20 F (-6.67 C). Daley’s say its frost tolerance is low.  Ref:  George Allen