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A must-have for sweet cherry lovers in the North! Tested in Norway and across Montana, this tree still managed to reliably bear crops of large, glossy-skinned purplish-black cherries. Fruit is firm and meaty, marvelous for fresh-eating. Originates from Geneva, New York, developed in 1938, introduced in 1982. Cold hardy. Ripens in mid-July. Best pollinator: Starkrimson®.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Pollinator Needed
Ripens/Harvest Mid-july
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 4 - 7
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 18 - 25' tall x 18 - 25' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 18 - 25' apart to ensure room for growth.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Our experts recommend planting one of the following within 50' for optimum pollination.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow cherry trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

Shipping Information

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Cold temp resisitant
kevin m on Apr 20, 2016
Cold temp resisitant
kevin m on Apr 20, 2016
Variety we can't find here locally.
Amy R on Apr 11, 2016
Variety we can't find here locally.
Amy R on Apr 11, 2016
I live in zone 4b what pollinator would I use for a Kristin cherry?
Jack S on Feb 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: At this time Stark Bro's does not offer a compatible pollinator for Kristin Sweet Cherry that is hardy enough for zone 4.
Is this on it's own root, not graphed?
Terrell J on Feb 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It is grafted. Grafted trees are usually more superior because the root stock is
More adaptable to different soil conditions. Almost any fruit tree you buy
Will be grafted. There are other advantages also to grafted trees.
We, like some other question-ers, live in 4B. Is there a zone 5 tree that, when espaliered, would benefit enough from the resultant microclimate that it stands a chance of blossoming and being able to pollenate this? I know that you don't offer a cross-pollinator for zone 4, but I'm wondering if a zone 5 could be coaxed to blossom with the added protection and heat from being espaliered?
Danita L on Apr 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: While I like to experiment in my own garden, I can't in good faith say that this tree will perform well outside of its recommended hardiness zone. In a colder climate, the cherry tree may survive, but it may never fruit.
If I plant two of these in Zone 4b, will they pollinate each other, or will the trees produce, even if in diminished capacity?
Amy T on Feb 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No. Since it's not a seedling/seed-grown tree, two (or more) Kristin Sweet Cherry trees are exactly the same variety. If it can't pollinate itself in the first place, then it won't cross-pollinate with more of itself either.

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Blossomed after the first year!
I planted this in 2015, and it grew well. I was really surprised this spring when I saw blossoms on it, and they smelled like sweet cherries, yum!! It's too early to tell how the tree will do overall, but so far so good!
May 14, 2016
1 year ago
Slow grower
My tree seems to have survived the winter, I don't really have much else to say, it is a small tree, no chance of it fruiting for a few years
May 27, 2016
1 year ago
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