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Balaton Sweet Cherry deep red cherries hanging off of branch
Balaton Sweet Cherry deep red cherries ripe on the tree
Balaton Sweet Cherry deep red cherries hanging off of branch
Balaton Sweet Cherry deep red cherries ripe on the tree



  • Clusters of fragrant white flowers bloom in spring
  • Large, dark-red sour cherries ripen in mid summer, perfect for fresh eating and baking
  • Dark-green leaves change a vibrant orange for fall color
  • Self-pollinating, though will produce a larger harvest grown with another sour cherry tree to cross-pollinate with
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships in a plant-safe designed box

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-9
  • Mature Height: 10-12' tall
  • Mature Width: 10-12' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Spacing: 12-18' apart

Balaton™ Sour Cherry Bare Root

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Prunus cerasus 'Balaton'

Regular price $89.00
Delivery Date Determined By Size
Shipping included
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Why plant Balaton™ Sour Cherry Bare Root?

Sour cherries are often referred to as 'pie cherries' for their excellence in baking, and Balaton is considered a leader of the pack with its deliciously plump tart cherries. Though, Balaton Cherry Trees will win you over with more than just your tastebuds, as this dwarf cherry tree offers seasons of color to your landscape. Celebrating spring with its own cherry blossom festival as soft ivory flowers bloom in abundance, filling your garden with a decadent fragrance and inviting a space of tranquility to your landscape. The elegant spring flowers don't make you wait long for those mouthwatering cherries to begin ripening. By mid-summer, dark burgundy-red cherries begin to dot the tree with firm sweet-tart fruits ready to excel in the kitchen! So many cherries that you'll be able to pick a few, and eat a few, then pick a few, and eat some more! Get ready for summer pies, jams, sauces, and even wine making! The fruit is so vibrant in color that it will add that extra splash of red to your baked goods. As you're busy filling up on tasty treats, you'll find the lush dark-green foliage transitioning to a glowing warm orange as the cool fall months arrive. Balaton Sour Cherry Trees will quickly become the joy of each season in your garden and bring years of new family baking traditions to your home!

It was named after Lake Balaton, a beloved lake in Hungary, the country of origin for this tart Cherry Tree. First grown in the small Hungarian village of Ujfeherto, and grew in popularity post World War II when the Communist government sought after the finest sour cherries from the nation's collective farmlands. Balaton quickly won as the favorite, and in 1970 began being commercially grown throughout Hungary. Then in 1984, it was introduced to the United States by Dr. Amy Lezzoni, a horticulturist and cherry breeder from Michigan State University. Her Hungarian colleagues wanted to honor this tree's heritage with a name reflecting its country of origin - which they said was "about the only thing an American can pronounce (on a map of Hungary) is Lake Balaton." Much gratitude to be given to the country of Hungary for the beautifully delicious Balaton Sour Cherry Trees!

How to use Balaton™ Sour Cherry Bare Root in the landscape?

Balaton Sour Cherry Trees are self-pollinating, though will produce a much larger harvest planted with a pollinating counterpart like North Star or Montmorency to cross-pollinate with. Plant in multiples creating a grove of vibrant spring flowers and enough flavorful cherries to share!

Why Bower & Branch?

We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower

How To Plant Balaton™ Sour Cherry Bare Root

Cold-hardy, fast-growing, self-fertile, early bearing, and reliably producing heavy crops, the Balaton Sour Cherry Tree makes a terrific choice for the first-time fruit tree grower. It will do best in areas that don’t experience extremely hot and humid summers but is otherwise adaptable. Plant this tree in a sunny, open space away from low spots where late frosts could settle and zap the spring blossoms. The soil should be well-drained, as Cherries don’t like “wet feet”; however, regular water is important during the establishment period and during times of drought. You may have to cover your tree with bird netting when the fruits begin to ripen if you don’t want to share your bounty with wildlife.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 4-9


How Does Shipping Work?

Size AA & AAA (our Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a common carrier. Ships in a plant-safe designed box within 5-7 business days.

How Does Sizing Work?

The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)

Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.

All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!

See the size guides below.

How Trees are Shipped
Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

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