The Seattle gardening season never ceases to amaze me. Here it is the beginning of February, and I was able to buy and install the newest addition to my garden: a four-way cherry tree! It was available bare-root, so getting it home was a snap.
To clarify, my cherry tree has four separate varieties of cherries all grafted into one trunk. The four varieties are Bing, Stella, Sam, and Rainier.
The friendly lady at the garden center showed me how the main tree variety is the strongest, and without careful pruning could easily “take over” or “steal” all the energy from the other branches.
I’m very excited because I have a very small backyard, and I try to maximize the amount of food I can get out of the lot. Also, the fact that I won’t have to worry about cross-pollination is a great bonus, as you usually need two different varieties of cherries to pollinate each other to get fruit.