Starkrimson® Sweet Cherry

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An easy way to get your summer cherry fix. This tree is compact and exceptionally productive – great for growing in smaller spaces! Produces generous clusters of firm, meaty cherries with a bright, sweet taste. Delicious fresh or in pies, crisps, and salads. Heavy crops mean you’ll harvest enough cherries to enjoy every way you love them. Resists cracking. Developed in Summerland, British Columbia and introduced in 1994. Ripens in late June. Self-pollinating.

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Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Early - Mid
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Late 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, Juicy
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

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'


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
Dwarf sweet
Rebecca S on May 12, 2020
Love cherries!!!!!
Cynthia W on Apr 12, 2020
Dwarf sweet
Rebecca S on May 12, 2020
self pollinating and our first time to order this fruit tree
JOVITO A on Apr 15, 2020
Love cherries!!!!!
Cynthia W on Apr 12, 2020
online search, need dwarf self-pollinating tree
dan c on Mar 4, 2020
Ordered 2 a couple years ago. One is doing well, second not so much. Replacing.
Michael S on Feb 23, 2020
I was looking for a Sweet Cherry.
Sophie on Feb 20, 2020
EDWARD T on Jan 30, 2020
I've had very very good luck in the past with this exact variety in Denver Colorado. I believe a bad winter (November sever cold snap) shocked it. Too bad the birds loved the tree even more than I did. The robins need to focus more on worms and not as much on cherries.
GREG S on Aug 13, 2019
It is easy to grow.
Susan S on Jul 24, 2019
dwarf, self polinating
Ronald H on Apr 15, 2019
I already have a Stark cherry tree & wanted more. I can rely on Stark for quality trees
eileen m on Apr 9, 2019
Self pollination and dwarf
Tamami S on Apr 6, 2019
I have two pie cherry trees, and wanted a sweet cherry without needing two. This is self pollinating and will fit in the space we have.
Chris C on Mar 15, 2019
I have always wanted to raise some sweet cherries.
Pat on Mar 15, 2019
I have small spaces where I can plant, so dwarf variety was needed; self-pollinating a plus as well
BILL W on Mar 9, 2019
It is self pollinating and also a sweet cherry
LINDA L on Mar 2, 2019
Sweet cherry that is self pollinating, and is cold hardy and semi dwarf sized with good fruit quality.
Darren E on Mar 1, 2019
Pollinator for Emperor Francis
Douglas O on Feb 23, 2019
It was a sweet dwarf and self pollinating..
My space is limited and wanted something I did not have to struggle
to pick and can cover to keep birds out.
nina s on Feb 23, 2019
Robert W on Feb 23, 2019
what better way to have dessert than straight from the tree.
sheryl b on Feb 13, 2019
based on it being sweet and the customer reviews. Also having the option for a dwarf tree is important for me.
eric g on Feb 12, 2019
We love sweet cherries. The description said it was easy to grow, resists cracking, self-pollinating, and sweet. We plan to plant all 4 of our dwarf fruit trees in raised beds as our area can receive lots of rain in the spring/early summer.
PAULA L on Feb 11, 2019
Love sweet cherries and the blooms. We get a lot of late frosts, so they only produce every few years. But bumper crops on those years and lots of blooms on the others.
Gregory B on Feb 4, 2019
I've always wanted a sweet cherry tree.
Sly on Jan 27, 2019
I had this Cherry before and I loved it
Jeffrey C on Feb 9, 2018
With roots in Door County - cherry capital of Wisconsin - we love eating cherries fresh from the tree as well as baking and putting cherries by for the cold winter months.
Cindy K on Apr 18, 2017
Size and space, easy to grow.
GLENN K on Mar 7, 2017
I wanted a cherry tree that wasn't going to be overly demanding on care with a sweet flavor.
Sheri V on Jan 26, 2017
Looking for a dwarf cherry variety that was self pollinating. This one looked beautiful.
Jennifer P on Dec 28, 2016
My dad had this tree and it produced well and the fruit was very good
David H on Dec 15, 2016
rated well by others and appears to be one of the easier cherries to grow
Vivian C on Oct 2, 2016
for the grandkids to have fruit trees of their own
abby V on Sep 21, 2016
Self pollinator tree, fast growing and good reviews from others.
Robert K on Jun 8, 2016
Fun snack to share with the kiddos
JOHN W on Jun 6, 2016
I love cherries and I can put a net on this one easier.
STACIE J on May 30, 2016
Good producer and pollinator
Igor C on May 27, 2016
I and my brother have bought your fruit trees as far back 1974. Best trees all have been exceptional.
Harold L H on May 25, 2016
I wanted a self-pollinating sweet cherry tree, and there aren't many options for those in my zone. Also, the price was good, and I like that it's supposed to be crack resistant.
STACIE D on May 23, 2016
My daughter loves cherries
Linden A on May 15, 2016
I bought one of these trees from STARK BROS (2008) and it gives us 3-4 lbs
of cherries each spring. So today I bought another one. Thanks, STARK BROS!!
SY D on May 15, 2016
Was looking for a dwarf sweet cherry......not a large selection but this looked tasty. A home orchard can go for good taste
Barbara S on May 1, 2016
we spend close to 50 dollars per year on cherries, if not more. This would be great if it'll bear fruit as well as mentioned.
Sokhom K on Apr 30, 2016
Reviews say it is sweet and reliable
Anthony Y on Apr 28, 2016
My children love cherries, why not grow our own.
Jonathan H on Apr 26, 2016
For my zone, size, self pollinating
Ron H on Apr 22, 2016
Looking for a dwarf fruit tree to attract birds in a very small area.
Carol C on Apr 16, 2016
self pollinating and available in dwarf size
Troy P on Apr 14, 2016
Good pollinator for black Tartaran
Linda K on Apr 10, 2016
I've had this before and just love them.
Jeffrey N on Apr 6, 2016
self pollinating and our first time to order this fruit tree
JOVITO A on Apr 15, 2020
online search, need dwarf self-pollinating tree
dan c on Mar 4, 2020
What are the chill hours needed for the starkrimsom sweet cherry"?
Linda R on Aug 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. The answer is 400 or fewer hours below 45??F.
My dwarf supreme Starkcrimson cherry tree has some flowers on it one year after planting. Does that mean at least some fruit is coming this year?
Mike H on Apr 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You can leave the blooms and if they are pollinated they will produce cherries. Having said that however allowing the tree to produce the first year will be taxing on the tree I would advise removing the blossoms so the tree can put more energy in its growth this year. Usually it takes about 3 years for a good fruit harvest
When do these trees bloom?
GardenLover on Feb 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: If you can tell us your zip code, we can answer your question. Bloom time is very dependent upon the temperature ranges in your growing zone.
This tree flowers, fruit sets on, when not quite ripe gets brown blotches and a week or so later entire cherry is covered with mold. What could be the cause?
Linda on Mar 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Brown Rot is an indication that your soil is missing calcium. First, get a soil sample and send it in for testing. A good remedy is to save your egg shells. Boil the shells and let the water cool, then pour this at the base of your trees. Excellent source of calcium. But the soil sample is definitive.
Are there any successful cherry tree growers in zone 7 who could share their experience?
LaShonda G on Apr 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Can't claim success yet with my single dwarf tree, but I'm in 7a. NW Georgia. I'm planting in solid red clay and the tree is growing beautifully during year 2. I did not amend the soil and I planted on a gradual slope.

It handled the ~6" of snow and various freezes and came back to life this spring just fine.
Can Starkrimson pollinate other sweet cherry trees (ie. Bing, Tartian, etc.)? Is it a good pollinator for other sweet cherry trees?
s b on Aug 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Starkrimson?? Sweet Cherry is an excellent pollinator for other sweet cherry trees (not tart/sour cherry trees, however; those need pollination by another variety of tart/sour cherry).
How many years old is a Supreme, Semi-Dwarf, that is 4'-5' tall and has a 5/8" dia. trunk? Wondering how many years until it produces fruit.
Dave L on Nov 26, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Our trees are 2 years of age at shipping and cherries are the longest to begin to bear fruit as it can take 4-7 years after planting and the roots establish.
How many chill hours?
goldyhands on Apr 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Starkrimson Sweet Cherry needs roughly 600 chill hours.
I've had this tree in the ground for about two years, this year I see bud formed but no leaves have shown yet. It's early May in zone 7b. Anyone seeing similar activity?
Daniel Z on May 6, 2018
BEST ANSWER: My tree was planted Spring 2016. I live in Tulsa, Ok. We have crazy weather here. Frosts and freezes this year thru April 22, but it was unaffected. Leaves formed by 4/10, 4' tall and fully leafed since about 10 days.ago. This after it warmed up and a good rain.
I have 5 cherries on my tree, this is the first year. Any suggestions on how to keep the birds from eating them?
LISA P on May 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We used CD's on our apricot tree this year. Very effective. The birds ate all our apricots last year but this year we almost all of them!
Do the cherries have pits/seeds?
Melinda on Mar 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes all cherries that I'm aware of have a single pit, just like what you buy at the store.
how do you know if where you live viable for certain fruit trees?
vicki on Oct 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hi, this tree is viable for zones 5-8. If you are not sure what zone you are in (the zones are shifting a bit, due to global warming), you can figure that out on the Stark website. For example, if you click on Starkrimson Sweet Cherry on their web, it will bring up a page that shows the cost, etc. Right below the cost, it shows you the zones it will grow in and you can click on the link "Is my location compatible?" - It is a great short-cut! We have had great luck with our trees from Stark!
can you grow this in a greenhouse?
Tystinson2016 on May 28, 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" //
I had my this cherry tree for about 6 years. It grows vey fast, the fruits however are very tiny and sour. What seems to be the problem?
Irish18 on May 17, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. There may be no actual problem except sweet cherries can take up to 7 years before they bear mature size sweet cherries. So it may need another season before they are ripe enough to enjoy.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
My tree doesn???t flower or fruit. It???s growing beautifully though. Any reason why? I have a sour cherry about 10-12 feet away that has had fruit for years.
Erica G on May 15, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Depends on how old your tree is, sweet cherries take 4-7 years before they begin to bear fruit.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
I dont live in the US and have no E n

information about the hardines of my zone. How can I select the kind of tree? Is cold hours the most important part?
Be M on Mar 1, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately, at this time we cannot ship products outside the United States, or to Hawaii. If you enter your ZIP code at the following link and we'll be able to display the popular products that are available and rated for your location. But yes the amount of chill hours a variety needs is most important because this is what fruit trees need in order to bear fruit. If you have more questions regarding zone compatibility, please call Customer Support at 800.325.4180 and they would be glad to help.

If you type your zip code into the box in the "Zone Compatability" section above, a checkmark will appear if the product on this page will grow well in your location.
Will you be getting any more of the Ez start of this option, anytime soon?
Mitzi M on Feb 22, 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!

The red haven peaches dwarf are out of stock will they be back in stock before planting season?
Charlene S on Feb 9, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Unfortunately, we are out of stock this spring. Make sure you don't miss out next time by having us automatically notify you when it becomes available again.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Is the starkrimson the only variety of sweet cherry you carry that comes in a dwarf size? I know it is out of stock now, but i am willing to wait until a dwarf size becomes available and would consider other varieties that come with dwarf size options.
Orion R on Oct 16, 2019
BEST ANSWER: From time to time, we do offer other dwarf varieties. If you're not finding one now, remember to check back in the spring. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Cherry trees that will do great in my area Amazon 8 B which ones will do well for me?
Diane T on Aug 17, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It's difficult for cherry trees to grow that far south; there are not enough chill hours for the tree to complete the fruiting cycle. Some people have reported success with Rainier, depending upon extreme the climate swings are:
How tall is the cherry tree/bush when delivered?
Rudy E on Mar 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This tree will ship at a height of 2-5' tall, depending upon the option you choose (see the "Choose an option" dropdown menu above).
As to sweet taste, how does this compare to Bing? I'm looking for a good sweet eating cherry that I can grow in central Iowa, on the northern edge of Zone 5.
Dean Fisher on Aug 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The Starkrimson Sweet cherry is an attractive tree that is also a heavy producer of sweet, juicy fruit.
Is this Starkcrimson sweet cherry a good pollinator for a black tartarian sweet cherry?
Dave L on Feb 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the Starkrimson?? Sweet Cherry is a good pollinator for Black Tartarian. They have similar bloom times.
How do cherry trees do in zone 8B?
Grey Eagle on Apr 10, 2020

Customer Reviews

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Fast growing cherry tree
I would recommend this cherry tree to others. I have sweet cherries and sour cherries in my orchard. Last year both my York cherry trees and Bing cherry trees maybe grew a few inches. My Starkrimson sweet cherry grew almost a foot in what I consider a poor type clay soil. I do plan to buy another Starkrimson tree this spring to replace another cherry that's not meeting expectations. I was pleased with the size of the tree when I got it as well.
March 4, 2016
over 6 years ago
Cherry tree's first year.
So far I am very happy with your product. I received the dwarf Cherry and Apricot last fall (bare-root). They started shooting out leaves the first part of March 2016. I'm looking forward to when they bear fruit. Thank you for your guarantee. Two years ago I received the same type of trees but they died. Most
probably my fault. But you said they were guaranteed for a year and sure enough, they were replaced. Again, thank you. Darden
March 16, 2016
over 5 years ago
This years crop vs local deer
I am certain this first years cherry crop was delicious. Along with tasty tender leaves enjoyed by our visiting deer. We were not able to get a review from Bambi and friends, however they did return to snack on tender leaf less branches.
August 29, 2016
over 6 years ago
starkrimsom sweet cherry
This is the second summer for the Strakrimson Sweet Cherry I purchased from Stark Brothers. From the moment I opened the box the tree came in I knew it was yet another example of the excellent plant stock I have come to expect from Stark Bros. The trunk was substantial, sturdy, straight and injury free. The root ball was thick and obviously capable of feeding the tree and providing a strong underground footing. The first summer saw the tree send out numerous small well leafed healthy branches. Although there were no blooms this spring, the tree continues to develop from the strong start of last year. I am expecting only good things to follow the early development of this tree. Although I must include in my assessment, my grandkids will be the final judge of the quality of this tree when they pop the first cherries into their mouths. I'm anticipating lots of smiles.
May 24, 2016
over 5 years ago
I love my little cherry tree!
I bought a dwarf sweet cherry tree last March. I don't have a green thumb! I planted my cherry tree as directed. Now my dwarf sweet cherry tree is now in it's second year. She is thriving and has many branches and lots of leaves! I am so glad that I haven't killed it or anything. I water about once a week here in New Mexico, because I have sandy soil and it hardly ever rains. I fertalize twice a year with cherry tree fertalizer. I love my dwarf cherry tree! I am looking forward to having some cherries by the spring of 2018! Yummy!
May 10, 2016
over 6 years ago
Second season - looking good!
Very hardy plant. Prolific leafing and some buds at the beginning of second season in Ithaca, NY.
May 12, 2016
over 5 years ago
Starkrimson Sweet Cherry
We had Starkrimson sweet cherry in another state (zone 4) and it did very well there. I wanted to try it here in zone 6. The insects are different here so I have to spray for them.Despite near complete defoliation, the little tree is breaking buds and looks like it survived quite well.
May 11, 2016
over 6 years ago
starkrimsonSweet Cherry
Planted in spring of 2015 in an 18" pot and moved into an unheated shop after the first frost. It's now loaded with small cherries in the spring of 2016. This is the dwarf tree and i would recommend it to anyone who can move it inside to protect it from the severe winters like we have here in Wyoming
May 18, 2016
over 6 years ago
Great, but seems to have a leaf virus
Product arrived alive, and started leafing out right away. No fruit yet. My one worry is it had a curly-leaf type of virus, and still does.
May 29, 2017
over 4 years ago
Superior Quality at the Get-Go
I have been ordering shrubs, plants and seeds from other companies over the past few years, and I have to say that Stark Bros have supplied the best products so far. This cherry tree is stout and healthy. It's already sprouting new leaves. I know it's early in the game, but I feel it will be successful. Will update over time.
June 10, 2016