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Starking® Hardy Giant™ Antique Sweet Cherry

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Description

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Enjoy large, abundant clusters of sweet cherries. This time-tested heirloom variety produces partially freestone cherries with mahogany skin and dark red flesh. Suitable for canning, perfect for fresh eating. Clouds of cherry blossoms will beautify your landscape in spring. Originates from Cedarburg, Wisconsin in 1926, introduced by Stark Bro’s in 1949. Ripens in mid June. Best pollinators: Stella or Royalton™.

Characteristics

Bloom Color Pink, White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large
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 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 9
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 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'

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

1 Year Warranty

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
For the taste and because it helps pollinate and good for zone I live in
Deborah P on Sep 19, 2016
Its reputation as well as its being a Stark variety and everything that I have bought with Stark as a forename is goooooooood!
Jackie L on May 19, 2016
For the taste and because it helps pollinate and good for zone I live in
Deborah P on Sep 19, 2016
Hoping they will grow into productive trees; so that, I don't have to keep paying an arm and let at the store.
Lorie M on Jun 3, 2016
Its reputation as well as its being a Stark variety and everything that I have bought with Stark as a forename is goooooooood!
Jackie L on May 19, 2016
large sweet fruit
Michael J F on May 13, 2016
Believe this is similar to the trees my grandfather used to have.
Robert R on May 10, 2016
one of the few for zone 9A Florida that the starkbros sell, so why not.
Lamar W on Apr 30, 2016
Remind me of the cherries I ate when I was a child.
Annette F on Apr 29, 2016
Wanted another cherry tree in the yard&this looked like one I would like,antique was a plus
Mark K on Apr 29, 2016
Suit my climate and my wife love cherry.
Pek H on Mar 24, 2016
I have been purchasing fruit trees and other products from Stark Bros. for many years. They offer the BEST warranty/guarantee for their products. They know their trees and other items they sale. The sales staff can answer any questions you may have especially what tree should thrive in your hardiness zone and their shipping fees are reasonable.
JAMES R on Mar 23, 2016
It is both disease resistant and heat tolerant
Virginia B on Mar 20, 2016
love to see their blooms, and the delicious fruit
Charles S on Mar 16, 2016
I wanted an older variety and this one sounds like it just what I'm looking for in a sweet cherry.
Beth H on Mar 14, 2016
The traditional nature of the tree appealed to me as I always look for a hardy breed.
Timothy H on Mar 14, 2016
My family loves fruit and I love to take care of plants; all of these work for me and my family for our zone type. This way the plants are happy and we are happy.
Barbara G on Mar 9, 2016
We like sweet cherries and they are usually so expensive, thought we might try to raise them ourselves.
JUDY G on Feb 20, 2016
crossing my fingers this one grows well....my zone, looks amazing, love antique
MARY L on Feb 18, 2016
this gives me 3 cherry trees. old saying is always plant in odd numbers.
JAMES G on Feb 18, 2016
Hoping they will grow into productive trees; so that, I don't have to keep paying an arm and let at the store.
Lorie M on Jun 3, 2016
large sweet fruit
Michael J F on May 13, 2016
any cherries for zone 10A? Can I push the Hardy Giant into fruiting here?
tim n on Feb 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: When growing fruit trees, it's best to aim for the optimum to be successful. Sweet cherry trees generally do not do well in low-chill, hot climates. I wouldn't want you to be disappointed if the tree grows well but is never fruitful for you.
I am in zone 9A the sweet cherry is zoned for here but the pollinator is not will it produce fruit still? What would be my best options with this tree?
Linda B on Oct 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question, it's a very good one. The "zone" refers to hardiness/temperature and successful growing, and really doesn't have anything to do with pollination. As long as the tree from which you want to harvest fruit is in the right zone, is of the same sub-species and has a similar bloom time, you are all set.
How many chill hours does this particular cherry require?
kristine k on Apr 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: About 800 chill hours.
what does partially freestone mean?
Melinda R on Apr 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The pit may 'cling' to the flesh, but not as much as a fully clingstone fruit would. It should still be easily removed.
What are the age of these trees ?
Sharon A on Feb 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question! All of our bare root fruit trees are two years old when we ship them out.
Will my Whitegold sweet cherry tree work as a pollinator for the Starking Hardy Giant Antique Sweet cherry? I also purchased a dwarf size starkrimson sweet cherry tree.
Heather R on Jun 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Both the Whitegold and Starkrimson sweet cherry trees will be able to pollinate the Starking Hardy Giant sweet cherry tree. You should be all set for cross-pollination!
Is it possible that this tree in dwarf form would bear this year?
Thank you so much.
Esther
esther T on Mar 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You can find the years-to-bear information in the Characteristics section, near the top of the page, underneath the description. The years-to-bear information is also summarized for all our fruit & nut bearing products in these 3 articles: http://www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/how-many-years | http://www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/nut-trees-how-many-years-until-harvest | http://www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/how-many-years-berries
Is this tree disease resistant?
Peter G on Jul 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This is an heirloom variety which was discovered long ago for its flavor and beauty, and long before hyrbridizing for disease-resistance was common. It's very analagous to heirloom tomatoes; they're not disease-resistant, but the care you take to keep disease away (which can be completely organic) is worth the extra effort for the flavor and quality of the end product.
will this tree pollinate a blackyork cherry (eastern bing)?
Peggy A on Jun 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it should. They are both late bloomers.
When do they generally blossom... Early, mid, or late in comparison to other cherry varieties?
SEArkansas on Oct 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. This is an early to mid-season bloomer and is very easy to pit.

Customer Reviews

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Haven't seen any fruit yet, but the tree is growing wonderfully.
May 26, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Growing Well!
Planted last spring? This spring, has nearly doubled in size and looks great. Can"t wait for cherries!!
May 19, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Doing good so far
The chery is alive and going strong so far. Great trunk, looks great
May 16, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
I just ordered it last year and it has more than doubled in size. Can't wait to eat fresh cherries.
May 9, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Replacement tree
The Antique Sweet Cherry tree I ordered and received in the spring of 2016 grew good until late summer then I noticed that it looked a little wilty. In spring of 2017 it did not come back with new growth so I started cutting it back from the top down to see if there was green wood. The graft was completely dead, but there was new growth coming from the root stock.
I called for a replacement tree. The Customer Service was excellent and quick for getting my no-charge replacement. I had also ordered two other cherry trees on the original 2016 order and both of those trees are doing very well.
May 23, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Gorgeous
Simple beautiful and so full of viberant leaves. Can't wait to taste the fruit hopefully next year I'm on my second season and the tree is gorgeous and extremely healthy possibly my favorite tree to look at out of 16
June 15, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Growing well
Vigorous growth when it woke up this spring. Looks really good.
May 17, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Growing well Nice plant and roots. Arrived in great shape & good time. Fay
May 3, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
It is growing well.
The tree is healthy and growing well. It appears to be a good addition to my cherry tree groce.
May 13, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
Patience
I ordered the tree and had to get a replacement after it died. Very courteous customer service. The tree is doing fine in its second season. Just remember that you need a pollinator.
May 5, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
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