This section of the book is from the Guide To Hardy Fruits And Ornamentals book, by Thomas Joseph Dwyer, published in 1903.
One of the things that we have reason to be grateful for in horticulture is the rather limited list of varieties of cherries as compared with other fruits. The disseminators of new fruits have not been as studious and interested in the production of new varieties of the cherries as with other fruits. We have, however, a choice list fully large enough for all practical purposes, and no one will make a mistake in planting the varieties that are here selected and named:
* Black Eagle
-- Moderate growth. Large, black; tender, rich and juicy; best. Ripening first of July. Tree a good, fair grower and moderately productive.
* Black Tartarian
-- Very large, purplish black, half tender, flavor mild and pleasant. Ripe last of June and beginning of July. One of the most popular varieties in all parts of the country. Trees are remarkably strong growers, regular and productive bearers; grown largely for market purposes, for which it has no superior.
* Coe's Transparent
-- Medium size, pale amber, red and mottled next the sun; tender, sweet and fine; one of the best. Ripens last of June and first of July.
* Gov. Wood
-- The finest of Dr. Kirtland's seedlings, of Ohio; clear, light red, tender, delicious. An old reliable sort; strong grower and productive. Ripens end of June.
* Knight's Early Black
-- Large, black, tender, juicy, rich and excellent; good grower and productive. Valuable on account of its earliness. The trees are good average growers. Season from middle to last of June.
-- Tree a good grower, very hardy. Fruit dark, red, larger than Black Tartarian, and equally as fine in flavor. Ripens: the end of June.
-- A magnificent cherry of the largest size, pale yellow, with a bright red cheek, flesh very firm, juicy and sweet. An old reliable standard variety, grown extensively for market; trees are vigorous growers and exceedingly productive. Season first part of July.
-- Large, pale amber in the shade, light red in the sun; half tender, sweet and good. Trees strong, erect growers and productive. Ripens early in July.
* Schmidt's Bigarreau
-- Fruit of the largest size; in color a rich, glossy black. Tree a good grower and bears abundant crops. Ripens early in July.
-- The cherries are obtuse, heart shaped, dark purple or nearly black; fine in texture and of the best flavor. Tree hardy and exceedingly productive. A very valuable late variety for market and family use. Within the last few years the Windsor has been planted extensively. We hear good reports from it from all sections. The trees bear young and regularly with us. Fruit ripens the last of July.
* Yellow Spanish
-- Large, pale yellow, with a bright red cheek in the sun, flesh firm, juicy and delicious. Valuable on account of its early ripening; trees productive and strong growers. Ripens about middle of June.