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North Star Pie Cherry

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Description

A heavy producer. The number of deliciously tart cherries from one of these trees will amaze you. The fruit is perfect for juice or any number of dessert recipes. The sturdy, vase-shaped tree is a beauty in the landscape. Bears just a few years after planting. Disease-resistant to brown rot and leaf spot. Developed by the University of Minnesota, introduced in 1950. Cold-hardy. Ripens in mid-June. Self-pollinating.

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Mid June
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Tart
Texture Medium Firm
Years to Bear 3 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
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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.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

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.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
I have had great luck getting cherries from this tree in Wyoming both at Torrington and Sheridan.
Joseph G on May 16, 2016
Have tried several other cherry varieties for my zone 5B and they have all died within three years, due to harsh weather conditions. This far out on the plains I think we have more of a zone 4 than 5B. This cherry is rated zone 4.
barbara b on Apr 25, 2016
I have had great luck getting cherries from this tree in Wyoming both at Torrington and Sheridan.
Joseph G on May 16, 2016
This does great in the NC mountains at 3500 ft above sea level
Anthony M on Apr 30, 2016
Have tried several other cherry varieties for my zone 5B and they have all died within three years, due to harsh weather conditions. This far out on the plains I think we have more of a zone 4 than 5B. This cherry is rated zone 4.
barbara b on Apr 25, 2016
Heavy producing pie cherry
Aaron B on Apr 10, 2016
Small size. Self fertile.
Teresa D on Mar 25, 2016
I have one now that is getting older and is is a very heavy producer.
LARRY W on Mar 6, 2016
best pie cherry of all
david z on Feb 29, 2016
I have grown this one before and my current tree is getting quite old and I want to be sure to always have my own pie cherries. So much better that pies with canned ones!
GLENDA D on Feb 27, 2016
This does great in the NC mountains at 3500 ft above sea level
Anthony M on Apr 30, 2016
Heavy producing pie cherry
Aaron B on Apr 10, 2016
What color are the spring blooms?
Tuufulhundin on Mar 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The blossoms are white. The fruit is excellent.
We need a good cherry pie recipe any ideas?
Lewis W on Jun 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Fresh Cherry Pie
Ingredients

4 cups fresh tart cherries
1 to 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
4 tablespoons cornstarch
1/8 tablespoon almond extract (optional)
Your favorite pie crust or pie dough recipe for 2 crust pie
1 1/2 tablespoons butter, to dot
1 tablespoon granulated sugar, to sprinkle

Directions

Place cherries in medium saucepan and place over heat. Cover. After the cherries lose considerable juice, which may take a few minutes, remove from heat. In a small bowl, mix the sugar and cornstarch together. Pour this mixture into the hot cherries and mix well. Add the almond extract, if desired, and mix. Return the mixture to the stove and cook over low heat until thickened, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and let cool. If the filling is too thick, add a little water, too thin, add a little more cornstarch.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Use your favorite pie dough recipe. Prepare your crust. Divide in half. Roll out each piece large enough to fit into an 8 to 9-inch pan. Pour cooled cherry mixture into the crust. Dot with butter. Moisten edge of bottom crust. Place top crust on and flute the edge of the pie. Make a slit in the middle of the crust for steam to escape. Sprinkle with sugar.

Bake for about 50 minutes. Remove from the oven and place on a rack to cool.
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Customer Reviews

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Great Customer Service
I ordered a cherry tree and planted it according to directions but the next Spring it showed no signs of life. After awhile, I called customer service and they volunteered to replace it but also advised me of how to see if it was still alive. In fact it was and eventually sprouted leaves. I decided that I did not like where I had planted it, so transplanted it the next Fall and it has leafed out vigorously this Spring. I have been very pleased with the product and especially the knowledgeable and helpful customer service.
May 16, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
I don't know yet.
This is my third North Star cherry. My first lasted many years and produced abundantly. My second bore a few fruits after 4 or 5 years and then died. I hope my third one does as well as the first, but will not know for a few more years.
February 28, 2016
Purchased
10 months ago
Early and persistent producer
My North Star pie cherry is one of my favorite trees. It is just ahead of my larger pie cherry trees. It makes a beautiful dark red cherry pie. I no longer like climbing a ladder so the North Star tree is a perfect size. I plan to buy more of them from Stark Brothers.
May 16, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Healthy Cherry tree
I planted my cherry tree in a pot in November 2014. It did great last summer, and is getting new leaves now but too soon to have cherries.
May 17, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Excellent pie cherry!!
We have had Stark Brothers pie cherry trees for many years. We've even replaced them as the ravages of time require. This is an excellent pie cherry and we pick and freeze the cherries we don't use during the season. They freeze well and let us have cherry pies all year round.
May 28, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Awesome cherry tree
This is my third year and my tree was loaded thank you StarkBrros
May 29, 2016
North Starr dwarf cherry tree and other purchases!
I bought a Northstr cherry tree last spring and it's grown at least a foot and a half! I'm going to actually have a handful of cherries this year so I'll give feedback this fall and a picture! I'm thrilled with my purchase and would highly recommend starkness. Com for any plants. I love their shipping practices as everything I ordered arrived healthy and no damage. Thank you!
May 24, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Top drawer cherry tree
We moved last year and wanted to plant once again the North Star dwarf cherry tree(s) that we had at the last location. These trees produce abundantly (over 25 year!) with the kind of tart cherry that makes an exceptionally good tasting pie which you cannot buy! Highly recommend this tree.
May 29, 2016
Purchased
11 months ago
North Star cherry
We received a North Star bare root cherry in the late spring 2015. It took off with bright green leaves in about a week.
May 25, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
North Star Pie Cherry
Reliable crops, bare root stock took right off. Fruit quality is good and freezes well for future use.
May 11, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago