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Kristin Sweet Cherry

Item #135668, Standard. Ships 3 - 4' tall with a 3/8" trunk, bare-root. Professionally pruned for FREE!
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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® or Stella.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large
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.


This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant one of these varieties within 50' for best 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.

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Because it is supposed to grow in my zone.
LYNDA B on Jan 18, 2020
There aren't many sweet cherries that grow this far north (Southern Minnesota), and my family LOVES cherries. Hope this will be a good compliment to the Rainer cherry trees I found this spring!
Laura K on May 29, 2016
Because it is supposed to grow in my zone.
LYNDA B on Jan 18, 2020
I needed a standard sweet variety.
Gary B on Mar 11, 2017
There aren't many sweet cherries that grow this far north (Southern Minnesota), and my family LOVES cherries. Hope this will be a good compliment to the Rainer cherry trees I found this spring!
Laura K on May 29, 2016
Cold temp resisitant
kevin m on Apr 20, 2016
Variety we can't find here locally.
Amy R on Apr 11, 2016
I needed a standard sweet variety.
Gary B on Mar 11, 2017
Cold temp resisitant
kevin m on Apr 20, 2016
I live in zone 4b what pollinator would I use for a Kristin cherry?
Jack S on Feb 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I live in Minnesota, Zone 4b, and had the same question. Stark Bros recommended in response to a similar question to contact your local extension service. Well I did that and just got their response. The U of MN Extension recommends WhitegoldT as a pollinator for Kristin in our zone. Here's the article they referred me to:
If you do not have a pollinator for this cherry that will grow in zone 4, what do you suggest?
Lynn B on Mar 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Because we do not currently carry a variety that will cross-pollinate the Kristin cherry in your zone, I would suggest contacting your local cooperative extension for advice on sweet cherry varieties recommended to grow and fruit there.
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.
I live in zone 4b SW Mn. Will Montmorency Pie Cherry pollinate Kristin Sweet Cherry ?
Ralph P on Jan 11, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. A tart pie cherry tree will not cross pollinate a sweet cherry tree.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
I just bought a Kristin Sweet Cherry because I live in zone 4B. It got planted in the ground. Can I grow an incompatible zone (zone 5+) pollinator in a container, shelter it during the winter months, move the container-grown pollinator near my Kirstin in the spring, and achieve adequate cross-pollination that way?
Teresa S on May 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: That is an excellent idea. Just be sure to store the potted tree in a cool, dark place (like an unheated garage, cellar, shed, etc.) so that the less-hardy variety is protected but still goes dormant through the winter.
Will a black wild cherry pollinate Kristin?
Ernie on Feb 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It should, if it's close by enough - within 50' or so and you have a good bird/bee population in the area.
Is Blackgold a reasonable pollinator for Kristin?
Northofthewall on Aug 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the Blackgold?? Sweet Cherry tree will cross-pollinate with a Kristin Sweet Cherry tree.
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.

Customer Reviews

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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
over 5 years ago
Very satisfied
I received two Kristen this spring expertly packaged. I planted them within a couple days. They took right away. There were several healthy bud nodes on both. They were fine specimens. After 3 months, they've grown vigorously in my zone 4 backyard. I look forward to finding the appropriate pollinator. I counting on Stella to brave our MN winters. Cheers Kristen & Stella!
August 3, 2016
over 3 years ago
Great "little"'tree
We added one last year, and one this year... The tree we got last year was abit slow to start but made it threw our 4b winter in WI! Happy little tree, didn't grow crazy much but leafed out and looks sturdy this year, already starting to leaf out nicely this year. Sweet cherrys can be hard to find if not impossible for our zone... Kristin needs a pollinator... this tree has survived as have all our stark tress from last year (approx 14 total iir) My onky negative... NO pollinator offered for this tree for our zone, and it needs one... This has been the driving force behind other nursy visits since Starks does not offer one :( Please offer one! We love our plants from you guys and will keep purchasing great trees. But Even a lesser fruit quality yet strong pollinator for this tree would be on my next order!
May 10, 2017
over 3 years ago
I have planted several semi-dwarf Kristin Sweet Cherry trees in the last few years.
They are a little hard to get started. I have had some trouble getting them to branch out fully after a harsh winter although I do have one that is doing very well now that it is several years old. I would recommend them if you have a place that is somewhat protected from the weather.
Darrel L in NW Iowa
May 3, 2017
over 3 years ago
great kristin sweet cherry
The bare root trees were very good looking, with an impressive diamètre. Since planting them last year they have produced a lot of new frowth despite repeated japanese beetle attacks.
May 11, 2017
over 3 years ago
Still doing well
This Cherry is tough and resilient, it has been through a couple oif late freezes this year and still going.
May 28, 2017
over 3 years ago
bloomed this year
I was so excited to see it bloom the 2nd year I had it!
May 22, 2017
over 3 years 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
over 4 years ago
I bought two of these trees as they died right off. We also bought 6 others at the same time that are all thriving. Stark bros replaced them and sent us 2 new ones. They lasted until fall when they also died. I'm pretty disappointed in this tree. I really wanted cherries and might try again, but I'm currently pretty discouraged.
May 2, 2018
over 2 years ago
It died
Did good when I planted it, sprouted small limbs and leaves. Prepared it for winter and covered it. It is now dead.
May 23, 2017
over 3 years ago