Black Tartarian

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Black Tartarian cherry
Pomological Watercolor POM00004652.jpg
Image of Black Tartarian cherries, from the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection
SpeciesPrunus avium
Cultivar'Black Tartarian'
OriginCircassia, pre-1700s

Black Tartarian (originally Ronald's Large Black Heart) is an heirloom cultivar of cherry. It was brought from Circassia to England in the 1700s by a man named Hugh Ronalds, and from England it was brought to the United States in the 1800s.[1]

The fruit of the Black Tartarian is about one inch in diameter, with a unique taste and texture, but too soft for commercial shipping.[2] It is primarily grown as a pollinator for other cherry varieties.[3]

Plant facts[edit]

The Black Tartarian cultivar is best suited for USDA Zones 5-7. It is a very vigorous, heavy-bearing variety, but is primarily used as a pollinator for other dark, sweet varieties of cherry.[1]