If you are contemplating putting in a cherry tree keep in mind that it will require regular pruning. A cherry tree that does not get regular tree lopping on the Sunshine Coast will die. They need constant maintenance to stay healthy and fruit bearing. Cherry trees need to be pruned into a scaffold shape to allow sun to reach the lower branches and flowers. A cherry tree is a central leader tree. This means that the tree grows from a central trunk and all other branches will grow off the centre. The scaffold shape means that the branches should be pruned so that they all grow perpendicular from the centre and they have about two feet of space between each layer of branches.
If your goal is increased fruit production then your cherry tree needs to have the horizontal branches lightly tied or weighted. This will cause the branches to grow outward rather than upward. Outward growing branches bear more fruit. The bottom level of horizontal branches should start at approximately two to three feet from the ground. Then when the tree reaches the maximum height that you wish to allow then prune the tree in the summer time. Cherry tree lopping on the Sunshine Coast should always be done in the summer. Pruning in the winter time can leave the tree at greater risk for developing a bacterial infection. A cherry tree can be a lovely addition to any landscape providing wonderfully flavourful fruit and beautify blossoms, but make sure that you are prepared for all the maintenance that goes with owning a fruit bearing cherry tree.