Prunus aviumSummer. OP cross between Black Republican and Royal Ann. Lewelling intro, OR, 1875.
Large, firm, meaty, with deep crimson skin and purple-red flesh that bursts with flavor. Excellent fresh or preserved. Semi-freestone.
Named for Ah Bing, who came to the U.S. in 1855 and for 35 years was foreman in the fruit orchards owned by the Lewellings, an abolitionist Quaker family in Milwaukie, Ore. Bing returned to China for a visit and was denied re-entry into this country by the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. Sadly, he faded into history, but his cherry became timeless.
Requires a second variety for pollination. Z5. (2½-6' grafted bare-root trees)
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Pollination varies among sweet cherries; see individual description for pollination requirements. Plant 15–20' apart.