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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™.


Bloom Color Pink, White
Fruit Color Red
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 - 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

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

Estimated Delivery Date

You don't pay until it ships.

We work hard to make sure that your order arrives at the ideal time for planting in your location. That's why we only ship living products during certain times of the year. Order now and your credit card won't be charged until your climate is suitable for planting success and your order is shipped.

Our Promise of Satisfaction

1 Year Warranty

Every order comes with our promise of satisfaction. If you aren't completely satisfied with your order, let us know within one year for a free one-time replacement or refund.


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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 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, you are all set.
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.
How many chill hours does this particular cherry require?
kristine k on Apr 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: About 800 chill hours.
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 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: | |
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.

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Starking Hardy Giant Antique Sweet Cherry
Haven't seen any fruit yet, but the tree is growing wonderfully.
May 26, 2016
1 year ago
Doing good so far
The chery is alive and going strong so far. Great trunk, looks great
May 16, 2016
1 year ago
Didn't Survive
I ordered this sweet cherry tree and ended up having to have it replaced. Neither order lasted more than three months. I was told by a South Carolina resident that sweet cherries don't grow in South Carolina. I have to agree with this advice.
September 8, 2016
1 year ago
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