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North Star Pie Cherry

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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 June. Self-pollinating.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest 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
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 12 - 15' tall x 12 - 15' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 12 - 15' apart to ensure room for growth.


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.

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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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Dwarf, self pollinating, compatible with my zone, good reviews.
Ludmila Y on May 12, 2019
i wanted to a tree that can handle our growing zone
Brad V on May 3, 2019
Dwarf, self pollinating, compatible with my zone, good reviews.
Ludmila Y on May 12, 2019
My Montmorency Pie Cherry died after a sever infection of brown rot on the fruit. I am told North Star is somewhat disease resistant. Stark has always shipped me strong healthy trees. I want a big one, 'cause I'm not young anymore. Stark has a good sized tree, on sale, with a sale on shipping. I mean, that's a triple crown, right?
MONT S on May 5, 2019
i wanted to a tree that can handle our growing zone
Brad V on May 3, 2019
Grew this before. Makes great pies if mixed with Montmorency.
Dennis J on May 3, 2019
Best pie cherry ever used.
Susan T on May 1, 2019
I want to use a North Star to cross pollinate with my Montmorency and perhaps contribute to some future cherry pies. Ymmm Yummm!!!
Paul T on Apr 30, 2019
Have ordered this item from Stark at past home and impressed with the quality of the tree, growth & taste
Marilyn L on Apr 25, 2019
Love cherries for pie baking and that it doesn???t need a pollinator
KAREN G on Apr 13, 2019
university of idaho suggested this variety for our area
Brenda S on Apr 2, 2019
Needed a pollinator. Should be a good one.
Bernadean B on Apr 2, 2019
Good reviews from other gardeners
Tweedie D on Mar 25, 2019
To go with my other sour cherry.
STEPHEN B on Mar 22, 2019
Good reviews
GENE F on Mar 10, 2019
Cold Hardy, and for birds.
Al B on Mar 4, 2019
We've had this variety in our orchard since the 1980s. We've retired and moved to a new location. We bought this tree for our own use at our new home.
Michael G F on Feb 22, 2019
I???ve had a North Star for 25 years and it is impressive in both flavor and yield. It???s in my front yard and people are always stopping to ask what kind it is. I???m buying another one because I can???t imagine life without one on my property and our current one is looking a little long in the tooth
Dale D on Feb 9, 2019
I already have one planted and like it a lot. Wanted more!
Barbara C on Feb 8, 2019
This cherry tree variety produces not just cherries, but pies, turnovers, cherry juice ect. We have one tree that has lasted for over 34 years and is still producing heavily. We never let them go to waste.
Audree N on Feb 4, 2019
Love tart cherries
Jim H on Jan 27, 2019
Pollinator for Montmorency, and it has a good track record.
Marvin Y on Nov 30, 2018
Needed a sour cherry tree
DAVID S on Oct 29, 2018
have a tree already and want another one. They are so good and the tree is vigorous and hardy.
Susanne H on Apr 24, 2018
prior success with this tree
ROBERT H on Mar 15, 2018
I have had a North Star Cherry tree for years, but it finally gave up the ghost last year, probably from drought stress, combined with old age. I can't imagine a more productive little tree, and it's self-pollinating, so I wanted to get another of the same variety to replace the old one.
FRANK F on Feb 28, 2018
We live in a cold climate (Wisconsin). This has been a really good tree for us.
MARGARET C on Sep 8, 2017
Had one in PA, hardy tree with bountiful fruit. Made the best pies
Macil E on May 14, 2017
My Dad loves making cherry pies for the family and this is his favorite cherry!
Kristy V on Apr 13, 2017
Incredibly reliable
Andrew B on Apr 5, 2017
Tart cherries are hard to find in St. Louis and when you can get them, they're expensive. I chose this variety because there should be a good yield once it starts producing. I also wanted a less common variety.
Lisa C on Apr 3, 2017
disease resistant, self pollinating. I have tried to grow a cherry tree twice and failed. I have many other fruit trees. I bought everything to feed and protect it. I will try this one in a different location.
Barbara P on Mar 24, 2017
Sour cherries are recommended for our area. The size and beauty of this tree was ideal for the space we have.
Jacob S on Mar 19, 2017
Like the local origin. We live in Iowa, and this comes from just north of us in Minnesota. Also, because we get cold winters, we wanted something hardy. So far, they're doing great after just a couple of years. Can't wait till they start bearing fruit.
Jeremy H on Mar 15, 2017
Tart cherry and size and disease resistant
Gayle C on Mar 14, 2017
Best producing in our area.
JANET J on Mar 10, 2017
This pie cherry has done well at other houses. Every year, lots of tart red gems.
Rolf G on Mar 6, 2017
SHERRIE L on Feb 28, 2017
I love this cherry. It ripens before the summer gets too buggy so I don't have to deal with pests. Delicious flavor for eating right from the tree. I don't know if the kids are more excited or I am!
HILARY N on Feb 14, 2017
Description stated what I wanted and reviews were excellent.
Phillis S on Jan 30, 2017
Bought the dwarf so I can easily pick cherries for a homemade pie!
Thomas H on Jan 29, 2017
We love tart cherries and this one was recommended for our growing zone.
Susan R on Jan 27, 2017
love sour cherries- just you must beat the birds or they will eat em all !
Kerritt I on Jan 12, 2017
These cherries make the best tart cherry pies
Victoria L on Nov 12, 2016
We have had one before and it had the most delicious tart cherries, makes the best cherry pie. Although we live in a cool area of zone 9, we had luck getting cherries most years. We planted on the north side of a tall structure that shaded the tree from the low sun in the winter, giving it the chilling hours it needed. We did get cherries in July instead of June using this strategy. Worth the experiment if you love cherries.
Sally W on Nov 6, 2016
I chose this because I wanted a self pollinating, disease resistant cherry tree that I could use the fruit to bake pies with.
Sarah A on Oct 10, 2016
We have had two of this variety for about 20 years. They produce a lot of fruit and we don't need a ladder to pick the cherries. They are just the right amount of tartness for the best pies ever.
Chris W on Sep 14, 2016
Because we have had this variety since 1977
Larry D on Aug 26, 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
My Montmorency Pie Cherry died after a sever infection of brown rot on the fruit. I am told North Star is somewhat disease resistant. Stark has always shipped me strong healthy trees. I want a big one, 'cause I'm not young anymore. Stark has a good sized tree, on sale, with a sale on shipping. I mean, that's a triple crown, right?
MONT S on May 5, 2019
Grew this before. Makes great pies if mixed with Montmorency.
Dennis J on May 3, 2019
We need a good cherry pie recipe any ideas?
Lewis W on Jun 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Here's a recipe that gets rave reviews for me. Cherry Pie Ingredients: 4 cups pitted, fresh or frozen sour cherries (I prefer Balaton), 3/4 cup sugar, 4 Tbs cornstarch, your favorite double pie crust, 1 1/2 Tbs butter, to dot, 1 Tbs sugar, to sprinkle. Heat cherries in pan on stove until most of the juice is released. Combine 3/4 c sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl. Pour into cherries in pan, stir and cook over low heat until thickened. If filling is too thick add water, too thin add more cornstarch, or too tart add more sugar, stirring to combine. Remove from heat and cool. When cooled, pour into bottom crust, dot with butter and cover with top crust. Brush top crust with water and sprinkle with sugar. Pierce crust so steam can escape. Bake at 375F for about 50 min or till done. This recipe also works well as a cobbler or crumble.
How early in fall can i prune. Temps are in low 70s now, can i prune prior to frost without damaging the tree?
Patricia H on Sep 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, prune now! Late-summer pruning reduces the tree???s energy for fruit production as well as its growth, so this should be minimal, using only thinning cuts. Thinning cuts remove an entire shoot, branch or limb up to the point of its origin and do an excellent job of opening up the canopy.
How far do I need to plant the tart cherry trees from my sweet cherry trees? Or will they be fine next to each other.
PAT on Oct 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You need not worry about planting next to each other, they will not cross-pollinate.
how hardy is this tree in hot, humid weather?
Wendy S R on Sep 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: This depends on where you live. In Minnesota where we have live our
summers can be hot and humid. Temps in the 90's and at times dew points
in the upper 60s to low 70s and these trees do well here. Average number of days
like described above in Minnesota a year are 12 to 15.The remainder of the summer temps in the 80s and due point, mid to upper 50s.
What color are the spring blooms?
Tuufulhundin on Mar 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The blossoms are white. The fruit is excellent.
Will planting two of the same kind be as good as planting two that are both tart but not the same kind?
Yvette D on Apr 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: North Star is a tart cherry, which means it's self-pollinating and doesn't need another tree to produce fruit; however, if you plant a different tart cherry nearby, you'll have larger/more fruit on both trees. The varieties must be different. The same variety cannot pollinate itself, and sweet cherry trees cannot pollinate tart cherry trees (or vice-versa), despite what you may read on the Internet.
Will it pollinate a Kansas Sweet?
James B on Mar 19, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Despite what you may read on the Internet, tart cherries will not successfully pollinate sweet cherries, and vice versa.
How tall is the tree you send?
Klaas on Apr 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It will be anywhere between 2' and 5' tall, depending upon the option you choose. Please see the "Choose an option" dropdown menu above to see what's available.
How many chill hours does this tree require to bear fruit?
Gabriel M on Feb 24, 2018
BEST ANSWER: North Stark Pie Cherry has a chill hours requirement of 800-1000 hours.
I live in zone 9b. Will this tree survive as a patio tree in this zone?
Sally on Apr 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It might survive, but it will be heat-stressed and is unlikely to produce much fruit, if any. There just aren't enough chill hours in your growing zone.
Can I plant this now in Northern star cherry in nebraska?
DEANA G on Nov 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can. This tree is suited for zones 4-8. You are in zone 4.

Customer Reviews

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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
over 4 years ago
Nice little cherry tree
Great little fruit tree - about 5 years old now, has been bearing quite a bit of fruit for 3 or 4 years, this year I should get my best crop ever off it - if my neighbor lady doesn't "snitch 'em" - she figures 'just a handful won't hurt!', then repeats that a few times daily. Oh well, good cherries can do that to a personb. I eat 'em out of hand (good for some of my ailments), and if I can get some picked before they're 'handfulled' away I'd like to make a pie or 2 this year. I may have to set a trap and gimp her up for a few days.

Mine is in the front yard, about 7 foot tall by that big around, I see that you're sold out of 'em this year - I'll try and pick up a few more next year. That neighbor lady has a hardcore cherry jones now, I need to keep ahead of her.
May 25, 2016
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
over 4 years 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
over 5 years ago
Carefree Northstar
First planted a north star cherry tree at our old house around 25 years ago. It was compact in size, disease and bug free. Very prolific producer of sour cherries. Birds did not eat the cherries, but we did. They were very good in pies and by themselves. No spray ing needed. I liked it so much just planted one last year at our new house. A super little tree!
June 4, 2017
over 3 years ago
Awesome cherry tree
This is my third year and my tree was loaded thank you StarkBrros
May 29, 2016
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
over 5 years ago
Tree Doing Well
Bought a bare root seedling in 2016 to replace two trees that winter killed. We had Indian Summer into early November and then 20 below zero. The shock killed lots of trees in central Wyoming. The new tree has broke dormancy and is doing well. I have grown this variety in two locations in Wyoming, Torrington and Sheridan. It does well producing fruit and being a dwarf, its easy to cover with bird netting to protect the fruit from Robins. The fruit makes excellent pies and jam. Highly recommended.
May 23, 2017
over 3 years 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
over 4 years 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
over 4 years ago