The Early Ruby Cherry trees were hybridized in California and are commercially important for their high productivity, and the heavy leaf covering that protects the ripening fruit from the birds, unlike most other cherries. 700 chill hours are required for fruit production that normally matures in June. The Early Ruby cherry skin is dark red, and the sweet taste along with the long shelf life makes them a popular grocery store fruit. The delicious flavor is distinctively pleasing and ultra juicy for fresh eating. This cherry tree is an excellent pollinator for other cherry tree cultivars and requires pollinating itself by another cherry tree.