In the production of cherries, as with all fruit plants, growers are dealing with clonal varieties which are individuals, and as such differ from each other in their characteristics. Since these characteristics vitally affect the value of each variety and returns from its culture, the importance of complete information on these characteristics for a given region is evident.
All varieties now grown, unfortunately, have faults or fail to reach the ideal in one or more important characters. They may lack size, productivity, hardiness, or quality. They may lack vigor or be susceptible to diseases and insects. They may ripen at an undesirable time, have the wrong color of skin or flesh, or be soft and bruise badly in handling. They may be intersterile, as is the case with the leading commercial varieties of cherries, and require special pollinizers.
Some of these faults can be remedied by cultural methods, such as pruning, fertilization, spraying, etc., but many of them cannot be changed by the husbandman, and even those varieties having remedial faults are objectionable because of the increased costs of production entailed.
Coe, Fancis M., "Bulletin No. 253 - Cherries of Utah" (1935). UAES Bulletins. Paper 214.