Critical Spring Temperatures for Cherry Bud Development Stages

The critical control temperatures for tart cherries and sweet cherries are given in the tables below.

  • Old standard temperatures is the lowest temperature that can be endured for 30 minutes without damage.
  • These tables also shows the temperature that will kill 10% and 90% of normal fruit buds.

Tart cherries

Critical spring temperatures for tart cherry bud development stages

Cherry Stages

Critical Control Temperatures

Swollen bud
Swollen bud

  • 10% kill: 15
  • 90% kill: 0
Side green
Side green

  • 10% kill: 24
  • 90% kill: 10
Green tip
Green tip

  • 10% kill: 26
  • 90% kill: 22
Tight cluster
Tight cluster

  • 10% kill: 26
  • 90% kill: 24

Open cluster
Open cluster

  • 10% kill: 28
  • 90% kill: 24
First white
First white

  • 10% kill: 28
  • 90% kill: 24
First bloom
First bloom

  • 10% kill: 28
  • 90% kill: 24
Full bloom
Full bloom

  • 10% kill: 28
  • 90% kill: 24

Sweet cherries

Critical spring temperatures for sweer cherry bud development stages

Cherry Stages

Critical Control Temperatures

Swollen bud
'Swollen bud

  • Old temp: 23
  • 10% kill: 17
  • 90% kill: 5
Side green
Side Green
  • Old temp: 23
  • 10% kill: 22
  • 90% kill: 9
Green tip
  • Old temp: 25
  • 10% kill: 25
  • 90% kill: 14
Tight cluster
'Tight cluster
  • Old temp: 28
  • 10% kill: 26
  • 90% kill: 17
Open cluster
  • Old temp: 28
  • 10% kill: 27
  • 90% kill: 21
First white
First white
  • Old temp: 29
  • 10% kill: 27
  • 90% kill: 24
First bloom
First bloom
  • Old temp: 29
  • 10% kill: 28
  • 90% kill: 25
Full bloom
Full bloom
  • Old temp: 29
  • 10% kill: 28
  • 90% kill: 25
Post bloom
Post bloom
  • Old temp: 30
  • 10% kill: 28
  • 90% kill: 25

These numbers were taken from WSU and MSU Extension Bulletins. Sweet cherries - WSU EB 1128, Tart cherries - MSU Research. Rpt. 220. Portions of these bulletins are posted at Greg Lang’s Fruit Bud Hardiness page at the MSU Horticulture Department.