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Description

The biggest — and some say the best! This variety bears mouthwatering, 1¼" dark purple-red cherries. The tree puts on a beautiful show in the landscape during spring cherry-blossom season. Excellent pollinator for other sweet cherries. Approximately 60 days from bloom to harvest. Disease-resistant to bacterial canker. Resists cracking. Introduced circa 1997. Ripens in mid June. Best pollinator: another sweet cherry variety. A licensed variety of Cornell University. May be covered by U.S.P.P. #11107 or other patents.

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Purple
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Pollinator Needed
Ripens/Harvest Mid June
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Average Moistness
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 4 - 7
Zone Range 5 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 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 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.

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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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
There is a fruit farm near me where you can pick your own cherries. They were the BEST cherries I have ever eaten. When I asked them what kind they were they told me Royalton. I'm excited to plant this tree and have these cherries in my back yard.
Sherry W on Aug 24, 2017
thank you so much for sending my cherry trees so quick. They are beautiful!
Healthy With leaves already! I am always happy to order and receive merchandise from Stark Bros. You are the best!!!
RAQUEL F on Jun 16, 2016
There is a fruit farm near me where you can pick your own cherries. They were the BEST cherries I have ever eaten. When I asked them what kind they were they told me Royalton. I'm excited to plant this tree and have these cherries in my back yard.
Sherry W on Aug 24, 2017
I remember the black-purple sweet cherry trees my uncle grew when I was just a kid. He's gone now. He always told me that "Stark trees were best. I'll think of him every time I pick some from my tree.
Alan G on Feb 14, 2017
thank you so much for sending my cherry trees so quick. They are beautiful!
Healthy With leaves already! I am always happy to order and receive merchandise from Stark Bros. You are the best!!!
RAQUEL F on Jun 16, 2016
Wanted a sweet cherry to go with our Montmorency, and this tree was not only disease resistant but, large sweet fruit sealed the deal.
Richard P on May 17, 2016
looking for big sweet cherry tree
Geno S on May 15, 2016
Want it to balance asthetics of orchard
John S on May 14, 2016
Large fruit size.
Wesley C on Apr 11, 2016
Large sweet and is a good pollinator for the Blackgold.
LINDA R on Apr 7, 2016
I had this kind before and I love the hardiness and the sweetest taste of this cherry
Gina C on Apr 4, 2016
What's a summer without the aroma of fresh baked cherry pie? Stark Brother's excellent selection of cultivars lets you have that slice of Americana over and over again. Who has the ice cream?
HILDEGARD H on Mar 27, 2016
It is a suggested pollinator for the Hardy Giant Antique and is disease resistant
Virginia B on Mar 20, 2016
It looks fabulous!
Angela G on Mar 17, 2016
The description sounded great and I needed a pollinator for the other cherry tree.
Beth H on Mar 14, 2016
It reminds me the cherry trees we had when I was a child. I wish my children to have similar happy memories.
ANNA B on Mar 2, 2016
WE already have one and want another.
Lois D on Feb 23, 2016
"Largest and some say the best" is the description. Need I say more?
ROBERT C on Feb 20, 2016
To pollinate the Gold sweet cherry.
T G on Feb 18, 2016
I remember the black-purple sweet cherry trees my uncle grew when I was just a kid. He's gone now. He always told me that "Stark trees were best. I'll think of him every time I pick some from my tree.
Alan G on Feb 14, 2017
Wanted a sweet cherry to go with our Montmorency, and this tree was not only disease resistant but, large sweet fruit sealed the deal.
Richard P on May 17, 2016
If I plant in my garden a Royalton and a Stella will they pollinate each other?
george d on Mar 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they will pollinate one another.
Will these grow well in N.C. foothills?
Brian on Jul 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The will probably do well in N.C. foothills. I am in zone 7, where it goes down
to 0-5 degrees every few years in the winter and more than 100 in the summer and my Royalton Sweet Cherry is doing fine.
The Royalton sweet cherry needs a pollinator. I have an ornamental Suhbirtella, Autumnalis in the yard. Would that tree be a pollinator for the Royalton sweet cherry?
Carolyn S on Feb 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: An ornamental cherry will not pollinate a sweet cherry, sorry to disappoint. You'll need another variety of sweet cherry. We have several recommendations on this page: //www.starkbros.com/products/fruit-trees/cherry-trees/royalton-sweet-cherry/
Will a Royalton pollinate a Black Tartarian tree?
Treeless on Jan 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question! A Royalton will indeed pollinate a Black Tartarian. They are both sweet cherries and have a similar bloom time. Our cherry trees are grafted to ensure true parentage, so when we offer a Royalton, it will indeed be a Royalton.
I have two Royalton's that I planted this past spring (April) in zone 5b and they are doing quite well. I want to know why Stark Bros suggested the Starkrimson as a pollinator, and not the Stella Sweet cherry. Any ideas?
John B on Oct 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The Stella cherry tree does cross-pollinate with the Royalton and both Stella and Starkrimson sweet cherry trees are recommended as pollinators for Royalton.
What's the difference between supreme and regular dwarf trees?
LEONA M on Aug 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: A Stark?? Supreme Tree is a larger, upgraded version of our regular tree. It ships to you approximately 4 to 5 feet tall and/or with a 5/8-inch or larger trunk diameter. A supreme-grade tree is the same age as a regular tree, but is more robust when it ships to you, offering a head-start from planting time. One of our regular trees ships to you approximately 3 to 4 feet tall with a 3/8-inch or larger trunk diameter.
Is it a fast growing tree? How many feel per year
Andrea S on May 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hey Andrea. I bought a Royalton Cherry tree last year and it did really well. I think it bolted a couple of feet last year. A lot depends on geographic area, soil conditions and amount of rain. I'm in Nashville and last year was a great year for all my fruit trees.

Customer Reviews

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I killed my tree!
Tree arrived in great shape,planted last spring, used 20% nitrogen fertilizer right after planting and killed it.Did the same to a newly planted cherry tree and it barely survived,Lesson learned!
May 21, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Sweet cherry
Nice cherry tree, growing well. Hope to get a few cherries next year. Really happy with all the trees I have purchased from you.
May 7, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Royalton cherry tree.
The Royalton cherry tree grew very good last year but has not done well this year. However the tree is still growing with a few leafs. I am determined to make it survive so I am taking care of it.
The starling hardy giant cherry tree is doing very well indeed.
August 18, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Doing great
Very nice tree, going strong so far. Very happy with it
May 16, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
My sweet cherry trees from Stark are growing really well- they've been healthy and are all that I hoped they would be.
June 13, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Royalton Sweet Cherry
This tree is very slow and I was not sure it would make it, but has rallied and even had a couple of blossoms. It is getting good growth patterns so far and I am hopeful, but again not sure it likes our NE Oklahoma weather, may be too hot and dry. I may have to supply shade for the cherry trees and keep the water going to them.
May 10, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Very slow grower
Planted in Brooklyn in 2015. First year this Royalton cherry tree barely grew. Second season it got a bad disease and its leaves turned silver. Treated a few times but no luck. This year it is budding nicely but I'm not sure if it will thrive. Waiting to see those golf ball size cherries in my yard :)
April 8, 2017
Purchased
over 2 years ago
These trees grow like wildfire!
I planted two Royalton's last year, and boy have they taken off! I ordered supreme's and they were a beauty to behold! I watered them like my life depended on it last year and this year they are leafing out like crazy! Its only their second year and I actually got a blossom on one of them! (and thats' about 4 years early) At this point I could not be happier with my purchase! I would have given this tree 5 stars but I haven't tasted the cherries yet, but if they are as good as Starkbros say they are I won't have any problem giving them the highest rating possible.
May 15, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Royalton Sweet Cherry
I bought last year a Royalton cherry tree besides 11 other fruit trees. The tree was very small and it still is. It did not make cherries last year and although it had some flowers this spring, I don't think we'll see too many cherries. The tree looks healthy; it is just very small.
Other trees grew a little better, but we had a very dry spring & summer last year and I probably did not water them sufficiently. We have a second very dry spring this year too, so I don't expect any of the fruit trees to grow a lot.
I am happy they seem to be stable.
May 30, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Dud cherry tree
No sign of life, DOA. All other fruit trees are out but this one looks totally dead, dark colored and drying up.
May 10, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
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