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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 June. Self-pollinating.

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Mid - Late
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

The mature size of this variety depends on the version you choose to plant:
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15' tall x 12 - 15' wide
Dwarf 8 - 10' tall x 8 - 10' wide

Recommended Spacing

The space needed for this variety to grow depends on the size you plant:
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15'
Dwarf 8 - 10'

Pollination

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.

Shipping Information

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Our Promise of Satisfaction

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Wonderful pie cherry. Yum!!
Luka P on Nov 27, 2020
I want to try it in 8b, south Mississippi
Charles C on Oct 31, 2020
Wonderful pie cherry. Yum!!
Luka P on Nov 27, 2020
pollinator for Montmorency
Deborah S on Nov 4, 2020
I want to try it in 8b, south Mississippi
Charles C on Oct 31, 2020
Self pollinating, tart
DAWN K on Oct 19, 2020
Because I had ordered one a couple of years ago and it died
Sherry H on Oct 18, 2020
Have grown it in Virginia
MARIA G on Jun 17, 2020
All the positive comments that accompanied this description.
Annie M on Apr 27, 2020
We had one in the back yard when I was a child. These tart cherries make the best pies and crisps!
Elizabeth H on Mar 24, 2020
pie
sue k on Mar 18, 2020
Excellent for pies and previous experience with this variety
Gary K on Mar 17, 2020
Because I want to grow pie cherries, and dwarf tress are the best possible way for a home owner to grow fruit trees.
Douglas B on Mar 14, 2020
More resistant to mold
Gary K on Mar 11, 2020
I wanted a dwarf cherry and this was highly recommended.
Karen W on Mar 1, 2020
My current North Star cherry tree is gettin old and I need another to replace it. We love the cherries it produces!
Diana U on Feb 14, 2020
Name and size dwarf
darrel c on Jan 26, 2020
Have grown this variety since the 1980's, one of my favorite sour cherries for home gardening.
Lorraine R on Jan 18, 2020
Previous home had one, like to dehydrate them.
DAVID D on Jan 7, 2020
I have had North Star Pie Cherry in the past and liked it
Charles W Coles C on Jan 6, 2020
Heavy fruiting, beautiful little tree
Becky E on Dec 9, 2019
tart cherries
michael h on Nov 26, 2019
Self pollinating dwarf with fruit for family fun
Jeff H on Oct 26, 2019
These make good pies.
tom on Oct 23, 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.
Mom40s 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
pollinator for Montmorency
Deborah S on Nov 4, 2020
Self pollinating, tart
DAWN K on Oct 19, 2020
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.
Supreme dwarf vs regular dwarf cherry tree?
CHRISTOPHER O on Feb 16, 2020
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.
I live in zone 7B. Will this tree work as a patio tree?
Mahogany on Apr 25, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I don't think so unless you have a very big patio. I have a mature tree (in zone 5) that is now about 10 feet tall and at least 6 feet wide. Fabulous tree and I love it but is probably a little big for a patio and certainly too big for a pot.
What height is this tree when shipped?
Betty O on Mar 24, 2020
BEST ANSWER: When shipped, regular trees are about 3-4' tall and/or with a 3/8" or larger trunk diameter. A Stark?? Supreme Tree is one of the season's top-grade, bare-root trees that gives you a head start on growing. When Supreme trees are shipped, they are about 4-5' tall and/or with a 5/8" or larger trunk diameter.
What color are the spring blooms?
Tuufulhundin on Mar 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The blossoms are white. The fruit is excellent.
What time of year can these trees be planted?
JASON S on Nov 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Because weather and soil conditions vary so much from year to year and even within your zone, it's best to think of your planting time as a range of favorable conditions instead of an exact time.

You can plant new plants and trees: 1) when the ground is not frozen, 2) when daytime temperatures are above freezing (32??F) and below 90??F, and 3) when extreme weather (blizzard, hail, torrential rain, etc.) is not in the forecast. Be sure to keep plants watered if you're transplanting in warm and/or dry weather.
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.
Can I get a northern star cherry as a bare root tree? Cost?
Beth O on Oct 13, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We do not have a guaranteed ETA on when more will become available. We are very sorry for this inconvenience and completely understand your disappointment. Rest assured, that if you sign up for a notification, you'll be one of the first to be notified when it becomes available again.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us, remember that we're here for you. Have a great day!

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what happened to our tree - got a mothers day gift - planted tree per instructions - tree was budding when planted and buds then fell off and tree never grew.?
Jim B on Dec 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. When you have time, scratch the trunk of your tree with your thumbnail. If the tree is still green, its alive, just shocked. If not, we should set up a replacement. Give customer support at call at 800.325.4180.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
I am looking for a semi dwarf cherry tree. Can you supply a Northern in semi dwarf?
steve o on Nov 19, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. At this time, the Northstar is only availalbe as dwarf. We do have the Stark?? Montmorency Pie Cherry available in a semi-dwarf at this time.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
When do I plant my cherry tree?
amdperry on Nov 10, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Because weather and soil conditions vary so much from year to year and even within your zone, it's best to think of your planting time as a range of favorable conditions instead of an exact time.

You can plant new plants and trees: 1) when the ground is not frozen, 2) when daytime temperatures are above freezing (32??F) and below 90??F, and 3) when extreme weather (blizzard, hail, torrential rain, etc.) is not in the forecast. Be sure to keep plants watered if you're transplanting in warm and/or dry weather.
When to plant cherry trees in West Virginia?
Jennifer M on Oct 22, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Because weather and soil conditions vary so much from year to year and even within your zone, it's best to think of your planting time as a range of favorable conditions instead of an exact time.

You can plant new plants and trees: 1) when the ground is not frozen, 2) when daytime temperatures are above freezing (32??F) and below 90??F, and 3) when extreme weather (blizzard, hail, torrential rain, etc.) is not in the forecast. Be sure to keep plants watered if you're transplanting in warm and/or dry weather.
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.
How deep should I plant my cherry tree?
Albert P on Apr 11, 2020

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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
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
over 5 years ago
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
over 6 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
Purchased
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
Purchased
over 6 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
Purchased
over 4 years 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
over 6 years ago
Awesome cherry tree
This is my third year and my tree was loaded thank you StarkBrros
May 29, 2016
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
over 6 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
Purchased
over 5 years ago

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