Balaton® Cherry Tree


The Balaton tart cherry originated in the small Hungarian village of Újfehértó after the Second World War. Released commercially in the United States 1998. To make a link to Hungary it is named Balaton after  Lake Balaton. The fruit has dark burgundy skin and flesh. It is high-quality. Balaton cherry is good for fresh market, processing and for your home garden. The fruit is resistant to rain-cracking. The tree is self-fertile. It grows in hardiness zones 5-8.

General Tree Height/Caliper: Most of our fruit trees (apple, peach, apricot, plum, pear, nectarine, quince, and cherry) are grafted/budded and are 4-6' tall with a caliper/diameter of about 1/4-3/4". Most have more than 5' height and 1/2" diameter. The other trees are seedlings, such as pawpaw, mulberry, persimmon, shade, berry, and flowering trees which range from 18-36" tall.

A rootstock primarily controls a tree's size and how early it bears fruit. Learn more about our specific rootstocks.