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North Star Cherry

North Star Cherry

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A sweet, tart, all-purpose cherry. Great for quick snacks, meals, or even as desserts. The ideal cherry tree, even in colder climates!

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North Star Cherry

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Famous for its unmatched beauty, but demanded for its delicious, juicy cherries! 

Introduced by the University of Minnesota in 1950, this dwarf cherry tree boasts attractive, richly colored bark and petite white flowers in spring, followed by an abundant production of juicy, dark red fruit. 

These plump, tart cherries are considered ideal for baking, but are delicious eaten fresh off of the tree as well. Fruit ripens in late June to late July. 

Reaching a mature height of 10-12 feet tall, this cherry tree is ideal for small spaces and works well into even the most established of landscapes or tiniest of yards. 

Extremely hardy and self pollinating, the North Star could not be easier to grow! This is one of the few cherry trees that actually don't need a pollinator... so one tree will give you all the cherries you can handle! 

Both cold hardy and disease resistant... very low maintenance! 

Prefers full sun, but is widely adaptable to various soil and growing conditions. Ideal for zones 4-8.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




Growing Zones: 4-8

Mature Height: 10-12 ft.
Mature Width: 8-12 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Rootstock: MAZZARD
Botanical Name: Prunus cerasus 'North Star'
Does not ship to: AZ, CA, ID, WA
Growing Zones 4-8
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 4-8
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It's Easy to Plant your North Star Cherry


Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your North Star Cherry.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.



Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your North Star Cherry gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your North Star Cherry again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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This cherry tree is awesome. It has many branches, nice shape, not thin & branchless ... planted in April & is now flowering & I except cherries the first season! Easy to care for, have not had to use any pesticides, etc. It is really thriving on water alone. I love this tree. I bought many trees from this site & this is one of the best quality
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December 31, 2012
I could not be more pleased. The tree arrived in great condition, about 5 feet tall, with a dozen cherries already started on it! It will make a great addition to my backyard orchard
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I planted the North Star Cherry last fall. It's doing well this year. It's only about 3ft. I am hoping it will grow well this year and bear fruit next year. It is a beautiful plant. I love it in my front yard.
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I AM SO GLAD THAT THIER IS A CHERRY TREE TO GROW IN MINNESOTA! THANKS U OF MINNESOTA.
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Can this tree be grown succuessfully without chemical sprays?
A shopper on Jun 20, 2014
Best Answer: We still have a baby tree as we planted it spring 2013. It weathered the polar vortex and is gorgeous at the moment. The yield of cherries this year was pathetic, but again, it is still a baby tree. No sprays used. The cherries we are getting are just right for pies! We had problems with japanese beetles last summer eating the leaves, but this year we bought praying mantis egg sacks that we placed around the yard and are trying to promote insect control using "circle of life" tactics. (My kids as so excited to have the praying mantis's around!) Jury is still out on that, though, since the beetles haven't yet emerged here (northern Illinois). Good luck with your tree! We love ours.
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when it says tree width, does it mean the canopy?
A shopper on Jul 12, 2014
Best Answer: Yes. The width refers to how far the tree's branches spread.
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Will this plant fruit in dallas?
Sean M on Jun 9, 2014
Best Answer: No idea about Dallas, but it certainly grows well in Colorado. Very tough in the cold weather when other fruit trees die.
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Can I Plant Now?

Yes... Your North Star Cherry can be planted any time of year... even Winter. Roots will continue to grow on warm days, giving your tree a head-start for Spring. 

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Will my Trees and Shrubs Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.





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Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.


Most Trees and Shrubs are Pruned Before Shipping... at No Cost to You

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.