This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Several years ago when enquiring at a nursery for a couple of Early Richmond or pie cherry trees to plant, I was asked by the foreman why I did not plant the English Morello in preference to the other. He gave as a reason for his choice that in neighborhoods like ours, abounding in birds, it was an important matter to have a cherry, the fruit of which would be unmolested by them, and the English Morello, ripening when the Maz-zard cherry did, was rarely touched by them. I took his advice, set out two of the trees, and have had no cause to regret it. It has been said that the tree is more apt to get the black knot than the Early Richmond is, but there have been no diseases of any kind on my trees, nor on the hundreds of trees in the nursery referred to. In addition to the advantage claimed for it, there is another, which is, that it forms a round, shapely head, and by a little pruning, as it grows, it may be made into a very ornamental tree. The color of the fruit is dark red or black, that of the Early Richmond is light red. My experience leads me to say it would not be classed as a "prodigious bearer," but there is always an abundant crop of fruit to use, which can hardly be said of any early cherry in the locality in which I live.
There is another cherry that I have in my mind to plant the next vacancy I have. It is the Late Duke. The Dukes in quality are between the sweet and the sour kinds. The Late Duke ripens about the time the Morellos do, so that all that has been said in favor of late sorts applies to this one. The fruit is red, and of somewhat larger size than the English Morello. Those who think the latter sort too sour, would probably find in the Late Duke something to suit their taste. It is a very desirable sort and both are profitable to grow for market.