Stark® Surecrop™ Pie Cherry

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An easy-to-grow, mighty producer. This small tree produces one of the finest dessert cherries, with the darkest and most luscious juice of all pie cherries. Makes a beautiful patio fruit tree. Begins bearing at an early age. Originates from Louisiana, Missouri circa 1880. Cold-hardy. Ripens in late June. Self-pollinating.

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Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Mid - Late
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Late June
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Tart
Texture Firm, Juicy
Years to Bear 3 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 7

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 7
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:
Standard 15 - 18' tall x 15 - 18' 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:
Standard 15 - 18'
Dwarf 8 - 10'


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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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Mary W on Jan 27, 2021
My old cherry tree died
Cynthia G on Jan 13, 2021
Mary W on Jan 27, 2021
Easy to grow. Appropriate size options. Guarantee.
Bob G on Jan 22, 2021
My old cherry tree died
Cynthia G on Jan 13, 2021
Chose totally as a result of your product description.
Bernard C on Jan 3, 2021
I like ???? cherries
Joe N on Dec 8, 2020
I didn???t get my other cherry order. So I ordered these.
Micheal M on Nov 1, 2020
I love making cherry pies!
Christine H on May 21, 2020
Need a pie cherry tree
Scott L on May 15, 2020
only cherry that will survive in my zone.
Joshoua T on May 15, 2020
I wanted a cherry tree since I moved into my house three years ago. I have a small yard. The size looks ideal. Pretty blooms in springtime. Described as easy to grow. I prefer to have a cherry that I can cook with.
JULIE B on Mar 30, 2020
pie cherry and size of tree
Susan M D on Mar 30, 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
dan c on Mar 4, 2020
repalcement for tree planted last year
LARRY B on Feb 17, 2020
Based on the description here
Richard on Jan 27, 2020
Previous home had one, liked to dehydrate them.
DAVID D on Jan 7, 2020
just to try it
Charles W Coles C on Jan 6, 2020
Should look nice in the middle of my herb garden and love sour cherries.
Bryan L on Dec 19, 2019
We already have two and the trees are absolutely beautiful. We have them planted along our patio and the area feels peaceful and uplifting. Sounds corny, but it is true. Plus, the cherry pie is like nothing you can get in a store. You have to be a really good friend to get a piece!
joan t on Dec 12, 2019
I've had bad luck with cherry trees and want to plant extra for insurance. Every time I lose one I lose another year
WHIT S on Dec 11, 2019
I've never tried this cherry before, but want to see what the dwarf tree is like and can't wait to assess what the flavor is like. Stark describes it as a winner. We'll see if they know what they are talking about.
J B on Nov 25, 2019
dwarf self polinating
Douglas L on May 13, 2019
Self Pollinating and fits into a space in our home orchard. Also the quality of other trees that I ordered from Stark is excellent.
Stephen V on Apr 28, 2019
friend has one he likes
Thomas C on Apr 13, 2019
As a pollinator and just to try another type of sour cherry.
PHYLLIS C on Mar 16, 2019
I want to grow my own tart cherries
Joyce J on Mar 11, 2019
Home made cherry pie is a family favorite!
DOUG VALERIE K on Mar 8, 2019
i liked the description
VITALI D on Jan 22, 2019
Easy to grow? I'll take it!
Elena M on Jan 6, 2019
Easy to grow pie cherry
SARAH F on May 14, 2017
I bought one of these trees two years ago from Stark Brothers. At the same time, I planted a Montmorency, a Balaton, and a Sumadinka brand dwarf tart cherry trees. Since that planting in 2014, only the Surecrop variety appears to flourish and tolerate the heat, humidity, and insects in my growing zone. It is the only tree to have already begun to bear fruit, and it is currently in full bud. Consequently, it is looking healthy for spring 2017.
martha d on Jan 9, 2017
I love cherry pie!!!
Michael G on Sep 24, 2016
I have one North Star pie cherry tree and wanted to try this one to see how they compare.
Cheryl R on May 1, 2016
Husband and son love tart cherry pies. Tired of climbing really tall ladders to get to the cherries!
Sandra B on Apr 29, 2016
dwarf size and fruit ripens in late July
Kathleen M on Apr 20, 2016
Husband wanted sour cherry tree, probably to feed neighborhood birds, if my past experience counts for anything.
Anna G on Apr 18, 2016
Wanting fresh cherry pie.
Andy L on Apr 17, 2016
In Loving Memory of my two sons, Michael & Marlis Riley. They were both Murdered 11 months apart. Thank you, Marylene Riley
Marylene R on Apr 1, 2016
It was a Stark Bros exclusive and my North Star pie cherry tree died after only 3 years.
Derek H on Mar 2, 2016
Easy to grow. Appropriate size options. Guarantee.
Bob G on Jan 22, 2021
Chose totally as a result of your product description.
Bernard C on Jan 3, 2021
I'd like to grow this in a container, due to poor soil conditions. Can you recommend what size pot to use, in terms of height, width etc?
NICOLE H on Mar 31, 2020
my meyer lemon drawf plant is loosing its leaves. why? what to do?
kathleen m on Nov 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: If you're bringing it inside for winter there's a good chance the air is too dry. Try putting a humidifier near it if you can, or keep a spray bottle next to it and give it a light spritz whenever you walk past. I've also had some success with setting small a dish or tray (like one you might put under a pot) next to the pots or on the soil in the pot and keeping that topped up with water. You'll also want to cut back on watering the actual soil as much, because the tree won't be taking it up and it's very easy to overwater. And it's perfectly fine (and even somewhat helpful) to store them in a cooler spot. We have taken to storing ours in the basement with artificial lighting for the winter. It's a bit cooler and more humid down there, so they get something closer to the winter weather they're expecting.

As long as the branch itself isn't dying back, the leaves will come back in the spring when you move it back outside, but it's best to try avoiding leaf loss. I've had both lemons and oranges go out in the spring with almost no leaves on them at all and within a few weeks they spring right back.
Can this tree be espaliered with other species? I'd like to espalier a cherry, peach and pear tree as a natural fence.
Laura M on Sep 8, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It can. Be sure you're choosing a dwarf size and that each variety is self-pollinating. What an amazing "fence" you will have!
What are the dimensions of an average mature tree? I would like spread and height in feet.
Is it able to be pruned width wise?
GERALYNN B on Aug 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: That will depend upon the size you choose. A dwarf will reach 8-10' tall and wide; a semi-dwarf will be 12-15' and a standard size can be 18-30'. All sizes can be pruned to whatever width/height you want or even espaliered.
I have been struggling with leaf spot on my tart cherry trees. How does the Stark Surecrop pie cherry do in this regard?
Frederick H on Oct 19, 2020
Is the Surecrop Pie Cherry disease resistant?
Karen R on Jan 19, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I can't answer this authoritatively, but when I bought the little tree, that was one of the criteria important to me, so if it had not said something about that, I would not have bought it. A roundabout way of saying, "I think so!" I'm no expert and the tree is too new to be producing yet.
wen are you going to ship my balaton cherry tree , i see it still out of stock you promised it would be available in the fall of 2019 ? whats up ,,,,
jim s on Oct 8, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Jim, In order to keep your information secure, we suggest speaking to a representative via phone or email. Our lines are open for customer support Monday thru Friday 8a-430p (CST). If you'd like to send an email, please send it to
how much sun is required ?
Jerald G on Jan 24, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. These require full sun.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
How fast does this easy start grow?
Feliks A on Jan 24, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. The growth of a tree will depend on its environment. They are not fast bearing trees and can take 3-5 years before they begin to produce fruit.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
do you have a semi-dwarf pollinating partner with the Montmorency pie cherry? I know they're self-pollinating, but would there be benefit to having a mate or should I just go with one or the other?
Kam S on Dec 15, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Pie cherries are self pollinating and do not require another variety to bear fruit. However planting a second variety will increase your crop yield. The Montmorency pie cherry is a great tasting and productive tree to plant as a second variety.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
When is the besttime to plant this tree?
Wendy D on Dec 12, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. 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.
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.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Are you able to send an already potted tree... This particular one super dwarf..?
Feliks A on Oct 28, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately at this time the potted variety is not available in this size it is only a bare root tree.
cam i grow it in pot?
Kristina T on May 13, 2020
BEST ANSWER: You can grow almost anything in a container! This excellent article will answer your questions and provide good advice. Please see "Growing Fruit Trees in Containers" //
Would you have this available for fall planting?
Kathleen K on May 12, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We may have this in the fall but it is not a guarantee as stock is limited in the fall because of harvesting and it is such a short shipping window.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
How many chill hours is this variety?
Amanda on Nov 20, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Sour cherries need approximately 1200 chill hours.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Hi - I'd like to order 2 semi dwarf trees. Do you have an option for that one?
Jill H on Oct 21, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Jill, Currently the Stark Surecrop is only offered in a dwarf size. However, the Stark?? Montmorency Pie Cherry is offered in a semi-dwarf size. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Does this have cherry blossoms in the spring?
Tom?? on Mar 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Absolutely. It has gorgeous blossoms, as so all cherry trees.
Only have room for 2 cherry trees and I want a sweet cherry and a pie cherry. Are there any pie cherries that pollinate sweet cherries?
Susan H on Feb 20, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Sweet and tart cherries will not pollinate one another, despite what you may read on the Internet. :-) Most tart cherries are self-pollinating, which takes care of that one. Fortunately, there are also several sweet cherry varieties that are self-pollinating: Stella, Lapins, Starkrimson Sweet and Benton are all wonderful varieties. Hopefully one of those will suit you and is rated for your growing zone.

Customer Reviews

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Decent Pie Cherry
I left a similar review on the North Star cherry, but am noting it here as well since it involves both trees. The quick summary is that I prefer the North Star to this cherry (in terms of both its production in the second year as well as the fresh-eating flavor), but it is still a decent cherry - and who knows, they may perform differently in later years.

I ordered and planted a dwarf version of this tree in spring 2016 near Denver, CO in unamended soil. The tree has grown well, and in 2018 produced a decent crop for its age.

That same year I also planted a dwarf North Star and a semidwarf Montmorency. Between the dwarfs, the North Star produced a larger crop and I enjoyed the cherries more for fresh eating. Letting them stay on the tree as long as possible made them taste pretty good to me. The Montmorency produced about three cherries, and they were the tastiest of all - I'm hoping for good things when that tree matures more - I know that the more dwarfed varieties are supposed to produce earlier in life so I'm not surprised about production levels.

Also, the chicken love them. My chickens were only a few months old at the time, but they would jump from the ground to pluck low hanging fruit. Fortunately the native birds haven't caught on yet about what's growing in my yard - only a few cherries have been half-eaten so far.

The North Star and Sure Crop cherries together made a good pie - I just recommend holding off on harvesting until they are not just red but dark red. Wait until the cherries start to soften, squeeze them a little over time and you'll see the difference. Taste them too, they mellow the longer they are on the tree. I made the mistake of harvesting them a bit early, and the ones that stayed on the tree longer tasted better. You learn from experience.
March 20, 2019
over 4 years ago
Strong and healthy despite transplanting. Came back well after winter.
Not the fastest grower, but it did well despite not being in the highest light exposure location and survived the winter well. It appears quite hardy.
May 6, 2017
over 5 years ago
So far so good
I planted this tree two years ago. Last year there was vigorous growth but no blossoms. Last fall I pruned it and right now it’s full of blossoms!
May 3, 2018
over 5 years ago
Very Dependable
Great little tree. We had a very tough winter here this year. This little tree came through just fine........even to have blossoms its first year.
May 4, 2017
over 5 years ago
Nice cherry tree
We got first cherries after one year. This tiny tree produced cherries already!!!!!
May 11, 2017
over 5 years ago
Only Stark
I have used for all of my fruit tree purchases for the past 20 years. In the rare event a tree doesn't grow, it replaced at no charge. My Surecrop Pie Cherry tree is another example of the quality tree I have come to expect. Neighbors stop and ask where do you get your trees and I am always happy to tell them, Stark Brothers.
May 15, 2017
over 5 years ago
Stark Surecrop Pie Cherry
This bare root tree has taken off unbelievably well. It has been pushing out new leaves and is looking very healthy. Japanese beetles have eaten a few leaves but am controlling them and hope that this little tree continues to put on new growth and successfully makes it through the winter months.
July 10, 2017
over 4 years ago
Good strong tree
Overwintered well, came out strong in spring. In the 2nd year now and it is really filling out nicely - looking forward to getting some cherries in a year or two. Looks great!
May 15, 2016
over 6 years ago
Unfortunately it took far longer for the trees to show signs of life that I would have expected but now in the second year the tree is doing well and, hopefully, there will be fruit, if not next year, then the year after although there were a small number of blossoms this spring. Over all I am pleased with the tree.
May 18, 2016
over 6 years ago
doing well. handled the frosts quite well.
Tough frosts here in our area (zip code 26339), but this sapling is growing well.
May 15, 2017
over 5 years ago