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Make your own maraschino cherries! This is one of the best sweet cherries you’ll find anywhere. Tree is consistently productive. Fruit is perfect for canning jellies and jams or making homemade maraschinos. Best when picked fresh and popped into your mouth like candy. Resists cracking. Introduced to the U.S. circa early 1900s. Ripens in late June. Best pollinators: Stark® Gold™, Whitegold®, or any other sweet cherry variety, except Bing.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium
Pollination Pollinator Needed
Ripens/Harvest Late June
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Average Moistness
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Outstanding
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 4 - 7
Zone Range 5 - 7

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 7
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Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 15 - 18' tall x 15 - 18' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 15 - 18' 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.

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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.

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Pollinator for my Rainier cherry.
Wesley C on Apr 11, 2016
Pollinator for my Rainier cherry.
Wesley C on Apr 11, 2016
Trying to get something comparable to rainier cherries. Which are my wife's favorite cherries.
David B on Feb 18, 2016
Trying to get something comparable to rainier cherries. Which are my wife's favorite cherries.
David B on Feb 18, 2016

Customer Reviews

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emperor francis sweet cherry
Nice trees when they arrive. They start out great, Unfortunately, deer have destroyed them. We tried a 2nd year and deer got at them again so we give up. Were glad the had a meal and we live in town.
May 4, 2016
over 2 years ago
looks nice
2nd leaf and tree looks healthy. Should be fruiting next year hopefully.
May 29, 2016
over 2 years ago
Tree is growing great, Even with the moderate drought conditions this year and the heavy rain from last year. Still no fruit yet. But its only on its 2nd year. So we don't expect anything until possible next year anyways.
August 6, 2016
over 2 years ago
Tree shipped too late in the season
The tree arrived with the buds leaved out----all white from being in the dark. It never recovered or grew properly and died a few weeks later.
August 12, 2016
1 year ago
Emperor Francis Sweet Cherry
So far I like the Emperor Francis trees just fine. They are growing great. I bought them to be pollinators of Rainier trees so in 4 or 5 years we shall see how they do at that job. I've never tasted this variety but I'm guessing they taste like the Rainiers. Again, we shall see.
May 11, 2016
1 year ago
Emperor Sweet Cherry
It did not do well after planting and during the last spring summer growth time. I don't think it likes our NE Oklahoma weather. I think it prefers cooler and less sunny weather. It has blossomed some and is really taking off in the growth department this spring so far. It has real potential for the future. I would like to add that fruit tree spikes were used for all my trees.
May 10, 2016
over 2 years ago
Great Dwarf Cherry Tree
My tree is growing just great, hoping that I will be getting great cherry crops in the future. Only problem is I have a lot of ants around the tree, can you suggest a remedy to help get rid of these ants. Thank you, Charlie
May 12, 2016
1 year ago
Response from Stark Bro's
Thank you for your feedback. I'm sorry to hear about the ants. I might recommend the Bonide Insecticidal Soap. We have this product available for purchase. Please follow all the directions on the label for when and how to use.
May 16, 2016
Brenda HStaff
My tree is limping along
I followed the instructions and have 2 other cherry trees that seem to be doing fine, but this one keeps limping along. It's not dead, but grows poorly and minimally.
August 7, 2016
1 year ago
has not produced fruit
it is two maybe 3 years old and has grown very little compared to my other fruit trees. it flowered this year but they look all dryed up now with no visible fruit. my other cherry trees are doing well. i have a dark sweet variety and another mixed one as well as a bing.
May 4, 2016
over 2 years ago
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