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Sweet and productive. This tree bears plump, bold-red cherries that will have fruit lovers rejoicing! Grow abundant crops of heart-shaped fruit: a healthy go-to for fresh snacks. Also suitable for canning, freezing, and drying to enjoy later. Resists cracking. Developed in Summerland, British Columbia and introduced in 1968. Ripens in mid June. Self-pollinating.


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

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 8
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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'

Recommended Pollinators

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!

Related Assortments

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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
for the best pie in town
Jeffrey H on Jan 10, 2018
I planted this tree at my previous home and it was a vigorous grower. I am sorry I didn't stay long enough to enjoy the fruit. Decided to buy again and plant at my new home. I planted a cherry tree from a local store and it died after about 3 months.
Christine T on Nov 7, 2016
for the best pie in town
Jeffrey H on Jan 10, 2018
Self pollination
LEONARDO D on Feb 27, 2017
I planted this tree at my previous home and it was a vigorous grower. I am sorry I didn't stay long enough to enjoy the fruit. Decided to buy again and plant at my new home. I planted a cherry tree from a local store and it died after about 3 months.
Christine T on Nov 7, 2016
to have sweet cherries to go with my apple trees; grapes; and blueberry bushes.
eugene s on Oct 20, 2016
As a pollinators and because it is a old time tried and hardy tree
Deborah P on Sep 19, 2016
Had one before, loved it
GARY D on Jul 14, 2016
Awesome sweet snack that is full of health benefits
JOHN W on Jun 6, 2016
While stationed in Germany we had access to the best sweet and tart cherries as well as bush cherries. We want them again!
Jackie L on May 19, 2016
Looking for a dwarf sweet cherry that will grow in our climate this seemed to fit the bill
Keith D on May 18, 2016
We love to eat cherries! These have great reviews and is supposed to be a good support pollinator for the tart cherry tree that we are getting also.
Courtney S on May 11, 2016
Self pollinating, sweet. I have been told sweet cherries don't do well here on the Colorado front range. Stella seems to be the only one that might make it and produce once in a while.
Barbara B on May 9, 2016
self pollinating. we want a cherry tree to add to our 4 other fruit trees.
Willie A on May 5, 2016
Beautiful tree that bares fruit!
Daniela M on Apr 30, 2016
Recommended by a co-worker
John W on Apr 17, 2016
I needed to have a balance orchard and why not cherries can wait for it to arrive I am always excited!
Melvin J on Mar 31, 2016
looking for standard trees I am not worried about space in rural area. standard trees hard to find anymore.
timothy W on Mar 30, 2016
Sweet cherries; do you have to say more? Coupled with Stark's long history of proven arbory, it's a sure fire hit.
HILDEGARD H on Mar 27, 2016
I planted a different variety of sweet cherry 2 years ago, but we unfortunately had a harsh winter and it didn't survive. After doing some reseach, I discovered that sour cherries are better for the Eastern Colorado climate, but the locoal extention specifically mentioned that Stella Cherry Trees do alright in Urban areas of Eastern Colorado. Since I wanted a sweet cherry tree I decided I would take my chances on this variety.
Erin A on Mar 16, 2016
Pollinator for the Starking Hardy Giant and also as a stand-alone tree.
Timothy H on Mar 14, 2016
Self pollination
LEONARDO D on Feb 27, 2017
to have sweet cherries to go with my apple trees; grapes; and blueberry bushes.
eugene s on Oct 20, 2016
is the stella cherry a good pollinator for the bing cherry tree & do they need to bud out at the same time to pollinate?
Steve on Aug 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Yes, Stella is a fine pollinator for Bing. The trees do indeed need to at least have overlapping bud times, or else the pollen can't be properly transferred.
I planted a Stella cherry tree several years ago. Had cherries the next two years but the birds got all of them. They turn dark like I imagined them turning but they are not sweet at all. Am I picking them too soon?
Harriet A. on Jun 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: My Stella is not yet old enough to produce fruit so I cannot speak to this specific variety, but I would suggest that most any fruit will go from tart, to sweet, to mild as it hangs longer on the tree.

As for your bird problem, try this trick. Just when the fruit starts to go from green to red, hand a bunch of old CD's or DVD's by wire around the tree, shiny-side out. I do this on my Montmorency and it seems to be very effective at keeping the birds away. But do not put them on too soon or leave them on too long. You don't want the birds to get used to them and loose their fear.
Can I keep this cherry tree inside or potted?
Kristen H on Aug 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You might be able to keep the Stella Cherry in a pot provided you do a lot of pruning but if you are wanting this tree to be fruitful it needs to be outdoors where it can receive at least 400 chill hours. Most fruit trees require some contact with cold temperatures and the Stella is no different. That being said I would forego the pot and plant directly in the ground-assuming you have a space for it.
Can this be a pollinating partner with rainier cherry?
DYNA L on Jul 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Stella will not pollinate Rainier, but these varieties will: Bing, Van, Lapins and Black Tartarian.
Planting in the deep south, will this plant do well?
Nancy M on Feb 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The Stella cherry tree requires at least 400 chill hours in order to bear fruit.
Chill hours are calculated on the number of hours the trees environment is below 45 degrees and above 32 degrees. Since you mentioned the deep south you may need to consider a cherry tree which requires 200 chill hours and depending upon how far south you are speaking of may still not be ideal. You will have to do the calculations to be certain.
How many years for a Stella cherry tree to get 20 ft high?
Tom D on May 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Much of the growth on a STANDARD will depend upon the amount of sun, rain and nutrients it receives, and how good the soil is, but Stella can grow 2-3' per year - that means it can reach 20' in about 7 years. A dwarf or semi-dwarf will grow closer to 12" to 2' per year.
When does the Stella Sweet Cherry wake up in the spring? Our peach and pear are covered in leaves and new growth. The Stella is still dormant.
Haylee W on Apr 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Stella is a late bloomer and will wake up soon, presuming the temperature where you live doesn't go back into a deep freeze.
How much yield (in bushels) will my standard Stella Sweet Cherry tree bear at maturity?
John B on Dec 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Cherry trees generally produce quarts vs. bushels, except standard-size trees. Here are the approximate yields for sweet cherry trees: Dwarf: 15???20 quarts; Semi-Dwarf: 30???50 quarts; Standard: 60???75 quarts (~3 bushels).
I am looking for a cherry tree that blooms late so that the frost doesn't get it. Is Stella a good tree for that? I live in zone 7a
Bernadette B on Nov 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Either Stella or Blackgold?? would be good choices - they are both late-bloomers and suitable for your growing zone.
What is a good pollinator for Stella?
Rea A on Oct 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question.You don't need another variety for pollination with this variety. You would get fruit with only one plant, but adding a pollinator will give you bigger fruit, and more of it. A few suggestions:

Emperor Francis

If you like to discuss pollination options further, please call our Customer Support Department at 800.325.4180.

Customer Reviews

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Great for North Texas
I'm happy with this variety, it has fruited fast and with the low chill hours (relatively) we get here in Dallas I think it's a winner. Of the other 6 or so varieties I bought, only one other even flowered and didn't produce fruit.

So I kept Stella! Others may work out if you give them a longer establishment time or have different chill hours or better soil. Mine is terrible clay.
March 31, 2016
If your a Cherry lover- these are the ones for you !
i have a few of these trees, and the cherries are awesome.
February 28, 2016
over 2 years ago
Hardy tree in 7b
I planted this little guy last year, and a bunch of stupid beetles started eating all the leaves! When winter hit I just knew the tree wouldn't make it, but alas, here it is spring, and the tree is fuller and healthier than ever! So happy with the purchase!
May 19, 2016
over 2 years ago
Off to a good start
My Stella Sweet Cherry is growing extremely well and will allow selective pruning for a well shaped tree. Not bearing yet. Maybe next year. The only challenge is the Japanese beetle infestation. But the tree will bear before the beetles arrive in July.
August 4, 2016
over 2 years ago
High Hopes!
I grew Stella once before here in Minneapolis, but had to sacrifice it for a home improvement. The new one arrived 3 months ago in Stark's usual expert packaging. I planted it within days. It took beautifully. It has several healthy branches covered with heavy foliage. I realized that it is outside of its zone 5 tolerance, but the last one seemed to really thrive until it met the Bobcat at nearly 15'. It's intended to be the pollinator for the 2 Kristin I also planted this spring. I planted the semi-dwarf in a protected area, so I have high hopes for loads of sweet cherries in zone 4!
August 4, 2016
1 year ago
Had some doubts with what I was sent, looked like a stick! After 2 years, its filling out nicely and even has a few cherries on it!
May 13, 2016
over 2 years ago
All trees
I have ordered over 100 items from this company. The customer service has been great! I have only had to get one replacement plant and it was a nice hassle free process. I like that they care many dwarf fruit trees to pick from.
March 21, 2016
Still waiting for it to produce fruit
We bought this 2 years ago (2014), and we are still waiting. It was suppose to already be a somewhat established tree, but apparently was not as old originally as we thought. Nursed it through an attack of Japanese beetles and ants last year... had a =few= blooms on it FINALLY his year and hoping to see some fruit come summer.
May 10, 2016
over 3 years ago
Stella Sweet Cherry
Trees are doing amazing! Would highly recommend to anyone
June 13, 2016
over 2 years ago
Planted in so-so soil two years ago. Healthy, a few blossoms, no fruit yet
May 9, 2016
over 3 years ago
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