The Van Cherry is a sweet cherry that often bears heavy crops of dark red cherries. The fruit is large, firm, and similar to Bing, with slightly tarter notes. It works well for eating fresh, cooking, or preserving. The full-grown tree will be round in shape and, on a dwarfing rootstock, will grow 15 feet tall and 12 to 15 feet wide.
They have elongated green leaves with slight serrations and reddish bark. They bloom white in early spring, and the cherries are ready to harvest in June.
The fruit resists cracking, and the tree often bears when young. Van cherries are not disease-resistant and should be monitored and sprayed. While not self-pollinating, this tree is an excellent pollinator for other sweet cherries. It can be pollinated by the Bing, Rainier, Van, Black Tartarian, and Stella.