This section of the book is from the Guide To Hardy Fruits And Ornamentals book, by Thomas Joseph Dwyer, published in 1903.
Most any kind of land is suitable for the Cherry, excepting ground that is excessively moist or where water remains on the surface any great length of time after a rain storm. It should be remembered, however, that the cherry grows better and gives better results on dry land; this seems to be its natural and favored home, and when grown and fruited on soil of this character it will be a pleasant surprise to all with its magnificent growth and immense productiveness of luscious fruit. We know of no other species of fruit trees that can be so successfully grown on dry situations as the Cherry. There is not in our enlarged collection of fruit trees any other family that we can recommend that will be as desirable, beneficial and profitable to serve the double purpose of furnishing. us with fruit and shade. Were we restricted to one tree, we would unhesitatingly select the Cherry on account of its all around valuable services. The Cherry is one of our best fruits for home consumption and profitable for market purposes It is a common occurrence to have a tree of the sweet sort produce twenty dollars worth of fruit. We have picked from the sour kinds sixty pounds of fruit when the trees had been planted only four years. Cherry trees are divided into two classes, namely, Heart and Bigarreau, and Duke and Morrello.