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Emperor Francis Sweet Cherry yellow and red cherries with green leaves hanging off branch

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-8
  • Mature Height: 12-18' tall
  • Mature Width: 10-15' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Spacing: 10-15' apart



  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships in a plant-safe designed box

Emperor Francis Sweet Cherry Bare Root

Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

Prunus avium 'Emperor Francis'

Regular price Sale price $75.20 Regular Price
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Why the Emperor Francis Sweet Cherry Bare Root?

Super sweet Emperor Francis Sweet Cherry is a hallmark within the sweet cherry varieties. This is THE choice sweet cherry for making maraschino cherries - a sweet treat for you and a fresh treat to sate your sweet tooth! One of the sweetest cherries on the market, Emperor Francis makes healthy snacking on fresh fruit as delicious as eating candy. You will need to plant a pollinator cherry to ensure that you produce cherries. Some great pollinator choices would be Stella Sweet Cherry or Black Tartarian Sweet Cherry.

A long-standing variety, Emperor Francis Sweet Cherry has not only been around for a long time, but has also made considerable contributions to the development of new sweet cherry varieties. Originating in the United Kingdom around the 1900's, Emperor Francis has since travelled the world and is popular everywhere it's planted. Emperor Francis became extremely important in the 1990's when developing a self-fertile sweet cherry was in the process. Although not a self-fertile tree, Emperor Francis has lent a branch in siring new sweet cherry varieties that are self-fertile. Still popular today, Emperor Francis is a great history-rich tree to add to the landscape while also providing a snack for long history studies.

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

Growth Facts

    Hardiness Zone: 5-8

    Mature Height: 12-18' tall

    Mature Width: 10-15' wide

    Exposure: Full Sun

    Spacing: 10-15' apart

How To Plant

Cherries are fast-growing trees, but keeping them in prime condition can be a bit of a challenge, as they are subject to a fair number of pests and diseases that find Cherries as appealing as we do. Smart cultural practices will go a long way towards keeping your Emperor Francis Sweet Cherry Tree healthy and productive. Plant it in an open, sunny site in soil that's fertile and well drained. Provide regular irrigation during establishment and in periods of drought and mulch around the tree annually with shredded bark or wood chips to maintain even moisture and to moderate temperatures in the root zone. Be on the lookout for any potential problems and remove and destroy diseased fruits, leaves, or branches. You will need another variety of Sweet Cherry Tree in the vicinity to pollinate Bing's flowers. Our knowledgeable support team will be happy to answer any specific questions you may have at, so don't be afraid to give fruit-growing a try!

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 5-8


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.

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