Napoleon Royal Ann Sweet Cherry

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Also called Napoleon Royal Ann, Royal Anne, Queen Anne

A vigorous, well-shaped tree. Heavy bearer of gold cherries with a bright red cheek, firm flesh, and sweet flavor. Excellent for fresh eating and canning – even making your own Maraschino cherries! Originated as Napoleon Bigarreau from Iowa in 1847. Ripens in late June. Best pollinators: another sweet cherry variety like Royalton™, Stella, or Van.

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Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Mid
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium
Ripens/Harvest Late June
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Delicious, Sweet
Texture Fine, Firm
Years to Bear 4 - 7
Zone Range 5 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 8
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Size & Spacing

Mature Size

The mature size of this variety depends on the version you choose to plant:
Standard 18 - 25' tall x 18 - 25' wide
Semi-Dwarf 15 - 18' tall x 15 - 18' wide

Recommended Spacing

The space needed for this variety to grow depends on the size you plant:
Standard 18 - 25'
Semi-Dwarf 15 - 18'


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

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Because my mom wanted it...
Karen S on Mar 23, 2021
I like the color and taste that I had when I lived on the left coast.
William S on Mar 1, 2021
Because my mom wanted it...
Karen S on Mar 23, 2021
It is a good polinator for the Bing and it matures a bit sooner to lengthen my fresh eating season.
Gary G on Mar 1, 2021
I like the color and taste that I had when I lived on the left coast.
William S on Mar 1, 2021
John C on Feb 6, 2021
Love sweet cherries and will pollinate my other sweet cherry tree
Karen H. on Feb 5, 2021
firm flesh, sweet flavor, tastes delicious and sweet. Heavy bearer. Five star review. Forgot to order a pollinator, though.
Margo S on Jan 19, 2021
I'm trying this as a pollinator for the Rainiers. I already have a Governor Francis, just adding a little insurance.
ronald f on Nov 17, 2020
David E on Jun 21, 2020
They grow very prolifically in the mountains where I live, so I know they have a high chance of success here in Montana, even with our cooler climate.
Makaylaki O on Jun 20, 2020
Its heirloom and tasty.
Faina F on Jun 18, 2020
need a pollinator for an existing cherry tree
Bruce B on Mar 26, 2020
Stark's reputation for excellence. A variety I particularly like & can be pollinated by the Stella previously ordered.
Anne H on Feb 27, 2020
My favorite kind of cherries
KINGA H on Jan 17, 2020
dwarf feature.
Michael H on Nov 13, 2019
Husband's favorite in the produce aisle.
BERYL D on Oct 29, 2019
This cherry tree got really good reviews!
John B on Jun 5, 2019
Need 1 more sweet cherry for my garden, its a semi dwarf was and the color of the fruit, wanted 1 that was different.
Judith S on May 5, 2019
Can???t find these in the store when I need them. Decided to can my own
Suzanne T on Mar 11, 2019
The wife wanted cherry trees close to the house, this and the other pollinator will hopefully give her some cherries to eat during the summer.
Nate P on Feb 19, 2019
Looking for yellow cherry (less attractive to birds than red).
Yaroslava C on Dec 29, 2018
needed a pollinator that was good for my zone
GWEN L on Nov 9, 2018
I have Tartarian cherry tree which is burgundy dark color, I would like to have this one for pollination and color contrast .
Irina P on Apr 11, 2017
It is a good polinator for the Bing and it matures a bit sooner to lengthen my fresh eating season.
Gary G on Mar 1, 2021
John C on Feb 6, 2021
is this a bare root?
ann ball on May 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it is.
Will this cross pollinate with the Ebony Pearl Sweet Cherry?
Amy B on Mar 18, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I got an answer from another website: New sweet cherry from the Research and Extension Center in Prosser, WA. ... The tree is upright and vigorous. ... BlackPearl?? is one of the best cherries in it's season, ripening 10 days before Bing. ... varieties in the U.S. Will not pollinate Ulster, Royal Ann, Emperor Francis, or Lambert. ... Your best bet for pollination of any sweet cherry is to use a sour pie cherry!
Do you ship to hawaii?
Jessica H on Feb 27, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately, at this time we cannot ship products outside the United States, or to Hawaii.
Can a pie cherry Be a polinator for sweet cherry?
PATRICIA W on Dec 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Montmorency will polinate most sweet cherries. I think most sour cherries are self polinating and sweet cherries need a polinator.
Will a Bing, Black Tartarian or Rainier pollenate the Napoleon Royal Ann Sweet Cherry?
Anthony K on May 21, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Black Tartarian, Stella, Rainier and Montmorency are all good pollinators for Napoleon, but not Bing.
Would this pollinate with a Benton? I see it pollinates with Stella, but I wasn't sure if Benton still works since it seems to have a later harvesting time.
Michael U on Feb 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Benton blooms 7-10 days later than Napoleon/Royal Ann, and while there may be a little overlap (especially if the weather stays relatively cool), if would be an iffy proposition.

Customer Reviews

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I got this cherry variety a couple of months ago in perfect conditions. (Like always). Did my research, followed instructions and my cherry tree is leafing currently. I have a Stella cherry tree and Montmorency to pollinate. Can’t wait to see the progress this year.
March 23, 2021
Cherry tree
Thank this tree is doing great. I will definitely be getting another next year. A pie cherry.
May 6, 2019
over 3 years ago
It didn’t take
It didn’t grow and stayed as a stick in the ground... only the Apple took... I’m sad
February 16, 2021