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North Star Cherry

Prunus cerasus 'North Star'


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-t- Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Use our planting kit so your tree is ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:

  1. Tree Stake Kit to help keep your tree stable, giving roots time to grow.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.

  3. 2 oz of Root Rocket™ Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

-t- Planting Mix
North Star Cherry Planting Mix

Helps your North Star Cherry get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Coarse Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer
-t- Planket™ - Frost & Cold Protection
PLanket 10-20 ft.

Protect your sensitive plants and shrubs with the Planket™

Benefits include:

  1. Lightweight fabric allows your plants to breather while also protecting them from the frost and cold winds.

  2. 6ft. round size makes it easy to protect sensitive container plants.

-t- TreeGator® Jr. Watering Bag
TreeGator® Jr.

When you’re making an investment and effort in planting new trees in your landscape, you can assure their survival and growth by using TreeGator® - a truly simple and innovative drip irrigation system in a bag.

With hot summers and droughts the norm around the USA, TreeGator® is an absolute necessity to protect your new trees and shrubs.

TreeGator® is super easy to install without any tools, and it can easily be filled up with a standard garden hose or can even be connected to a rain barrel!

It's a super time saver that takes the worry out continually remembering whether you've watered your new tree or not. Plus, all the water that goes into the drip bag is used up with no waste, so TreeGator® is environmentally friendly with regard to water use.

Tree Gator
-t- Root Rocket™ Launcher
Root Rocket Launcher

Explosive Growth for All of Your Plants

Rocket your lawn and plants to new heights with Root Rocket™ Launcher! All-natural and all-in on healthful benefits, Root Rocket™ is a propriety blend of nutrients that have been horticulturalist-tested and proven to help young plants transition from nursery to soil or a more permanent container. Root Rocket™ Launcher improves on that special mix with a water-soluble twist – so your lawn and garden can now be sprayed with the naturally-crafted solution you love for soil. And this pre-made care package in a handy drawstring bag makes it all the more effortless to keep your plants lush and vibrant, with the following items included: Root Rocket™ Launcher solution Root Rocket™ Launcher spray bottle 50-ft. nylon retractable hose


Growing Zones: 4-8
(hardy down to -20℉)

Growing Zones 4-8
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

10-12 ft.

Mature Width:

8-12 ft.


Full Sun


10-12 ft.

Growth Rate:


Drought Tolerance:


Harvest Time:


Fruit Color:


Year to Bear:

Fruits 1st Year!

Chill Hours (minimum):


You are in an area with ~1800 chill hours

Botanical Name:

Prunus cerasus 'North Star'

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Delicious Cherries from a Cold Hardy Tree

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.

North Star Cherry Pollination

North Star Cherry are self-fertile. You will get fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional pollinator will drastically increase the size of your crop. Below are the most effective pollinators we have chosen for your area...

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Customer Reviews

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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
January 1, 2013
over 5 years ago
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
January 1, 2013
Wonderful trees - 5 years and counting
I bought two of these trees and planted them in spring 2012 in NE Ohio. They're planted along my curb, so definitely not the best soil, and I don't pamper them at all, but they are definitely tolerant. They've gone through a couple of rough winters with the only damage being when a squirrel chewed through a branch. They faithfully bloom every spring.
They're maybe in the 7-9 ft tall range now, and I just picked a combined 14 lbs of cherries off of both trees. I definitely recommend this tree
Ripening cherries
Final haul
June 14, 2017
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January 1, 2013
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.
January 1, 2013
over 7 years ago
Looks good!
The tree arrived in a very well-packaged box and looked great. I planted it in-ground and it still looks good. Some of the leaves have fallen off, but the tree looks healthy. It is October now, so not sure how much it will grow between now and spring, but hopefully it will fruit when it is supposed to.
October 16, 2014
over 4 years ago
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Happy with my North Star Cherry
I haven't had the tree for a full year but I have ordered trees from online vendors before and this particular purchase has exceeded my expectations. I was very happy with the SIZE of the tree when we received it. I think it will end up being an excellent value for the money spent. I believe we will get some sort of small harvest of cherries in the spring simply because of how well the tree has adapted since we've transplanted it. I haven't had a single leaf die off since it's been transplanted which is more than what I can say for some of my past online tree purchases from other vendors. Thanks!
October 6, 2015
over 3 years ago
Growing Zone:
Growth zone 7
I bought this tree last year and it arrived in great condition. It was well packaged and had lots of leaves on it. I planted it according to directions on day two of it arriving and it did well. The bugs hit it pretty hard last year and I was worried on how it would do this year, but it has already blossomed beautifully and has several tiny red cherries on it. It is not even June so this surprised me. I have bought several items from this company and have never been disappointed.
May 23, 2016
I've had my North Star cherry for a couple of months I was impressed with the shipping it came nice and neat and loved the size of the tree full of leaves it took transplanting well no shock what so ever I feel very strong about this tree that it's going to strive beautifully
October 6, 2015
over 3 years ago
Can't wait til summer! It is doing wonderfully well!
October 7, 2015
over 3 years ago

Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your North Star Cherry

North Star Cherry Planting Diretions

The North Star cherry tree (Prunus cerasus 'North Star') is a cold tolerant, full sun loving, moderately fast growing fruit tree commonly planted in USDA growing zones 4-8. The advantage of the North Star is it’s cold tolerance as most cherry trees need to be in zone 5 or higher to thrive. This particular cherry tree is a semi-dwarf only reaching a mature height/width of about 10-12 feet making it a great choice for smaller planting spaces. The North Star is a spring bloomer displaying an array of beautiful white blooms that segue into an abundance of dark red fruit that ripens in late June to July. One of the greatest perks of the North Star is that it’s a self pollinating tree which means you only need the one tree for fruit to be produced but your fruit yield will be far higher with the addition of another tree nearby.

Planting Instructions:
1) Make your hole three times as wide and just as deep as the root ball.
2) Place your tree in the hole, carefully spread the roots out and begin back filling the hole. Tamp down the soil as you fill to avoid any air pockets from forming.
3) Water to secure the tree and remove any additional air pockets in the soil. Add more soil if necessary after settling.
4) Spread a layer of mulch over the soil around your Cherry Tree to help encourage healthy growth and protect your tree from competing growth (weeds/grasses).

Watering: During the growing season, if your tree receives at least an inch of rain every 10 days then no additional irrigation is necessary. If the season is hot and dry then you may need to provide some additional water. The best way to water is by using a slow trickling garden hose left at the base of the tree. This will allow the water to penetrate the soil more deeply and prevent it from running off over the soil surface. Make sure the ground is fully moisturized all around the root system. Mulching will greatly assist in maintaining soil moisture.

Pruning:  A year after planting your Cherry Tree, prune your tree in the late to end of winter while dormant. Shape the tree to encourage horizontal branch growth with space between branches. Prune once a year as necessary to remove weak, drooping branches. These are usually poor fruit bearing branches and removing them will encourage positive air flow and healthy growth. Also make sure light can penetrate the center of the canopy.

Fertilization:  Good, nutrient rich soil should only require the addition of nitrogen. Fertilize in the spring and mid-summer using nitrogen fertilizer twice annually applying 2 weeks after planting and 4 weeks after the first application. Use a complete fertilizer such as 10-10-10 and apply at the rate of 0.05 pounds of actual nitrogen per dose.  Fertilizer application ratios vary upon the formulation so be sure to follow package directions.  When applying, be sure fertilizer is 6 to 8 inches away from the trunk around the tree to prevent the roots from burning. Organic fertilizers such as manure or blood meal are highly discouraged as their nitrogen levels cannot be measured.  Keep in mind that Cherry Trees require high levels of nitrogen early in the season and lower levels during the late summer.

Pests:  Cherry Trees can be susceptible to Brown Rot. The best prevention for this problem is proper pruning to provide good air circulation. Be sure there is ample room between branches. Remove any infected blossoms, fruit or leaves and inspect your tree continuously to catch any early signs of the disease. To spot Brown Rot, look for brown, soggy flowers or mummified looking fruit on your tree. For control once the disease is recognized, use a sulfur spray 4 times: when flower buds are pink, when flowers are open, right after petal fall, and 2 weeks after petal fall.

*Surround your Cherry Tree with a thin layer of mulch each spring.
*In colder climates, avoid fertilizing after midsummer to prevent new growth that won’t harden before fall frosts.
*Prevent animals such as rabbits from damaging your tree by placing a circular wire about a foot high around the base of the tree especially during winter.
*To avoid root injury, place fertilizer in a band 6 to 8 inches from the trunk around the tree. Organic forms of fertilizer (manure, blood meal or bone meal) are not recommended due to the element analysis being unavailable and that those nutrients may be released throughout the season.

Planting & Care

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this? Store
I have had this type before and liked size and production as well as taste
Gary T on Aug 22, 2018
To help pollinate the bing
James M on Aug 5, 2018
I have had this type before and liked size and production as well as taste
Gary T on Aug 22, 2018
Have some others berries on a container garden.They are doing well so,decide to add the cherry-tree.
elaine l on Aug 9, 2018
To help pollinate the bing
James M on Aug 5, 2018
should work in my zone. compact and self-fertile.
arthur f on Aug 1, 2018
Good just off the tree as well as for baking.
Terri V on Jul 3, 2018
Easy carefree maintenance, self pollinating and a manageable size when mature.
Cherri T on Jun 13, 2018
For its hardness in cold climates. This is a gift for Fathers Day for an individual living in Wisconsin.
Tammy R on Jun 4, 2018
Specific request from my Daughter-in-law
Small tree.
Norris B on May 5, 2018
Size and fruit this year
Chris C on Mar 30, 2018
Tart, dwarf, self pollinating, well started, and suited for zone 5. The perfect tree to add to the dwarf, self pollinating mini orchard I have in my back yard. With the limited space space I have to work with, being able to grow smaller trees, and not needing a pollinator enables me to grow over a dozen different kinds of fruit in the suburbs....and I don't even eat fruit. (But the neighbors freaking LOVE me) Score!
Al on Mar 12, 2018
sour yummy! pie time!
lawrence s on Feb 16, 2018
It's a dwarf and suited to New England.
Marcia G on Nov 27, 2017
Size and availability. Other green houses won’t ship till spring.
Carol K on Nov 19, 2017
The look of the fruit, price
Kenneth W on Oct 6, 2017
As a memorial to my wife that passed away ending a 12 month battle with cancer. She loved cherries and had a cherry tree growing up. We will plant and watch it grow with fond memories that will live on.
Michael M on Aug 7, 2017
Because I just got a Montmorency and was so happy with it, I thought I'd get another cherry.
Cynthia E on Jul 1, 2017
Like Cherries
Nicholas P on Jun 25, 2017
Self pollinating, size and hardy for my zone.
Michelle G on Jun 22, 2017
I have been waiting a long time to plant trees in the front of my yard. Cherries are the perfect pick and fit.
JOSE G on Jun 5, 2017
It's a beautiful tree
Debra S on May 31, 2017
Small hardy cherry tree that survives cold Minnesota winters.
Jayne R on May 29, 2017
Alyssa G on May 29, 2017
Had no luck with the North Star Cherry. Both attempts failed within a year. Only Trees that I had problems with in all of my many purchases from Fast Growing Trees.
J Christopher H on May 22, 2017
Wanted cold-tolerant sweet cherry tree
Deborah T on May 18, 2017
Love these Cherries, so yummy. Great for pies and jams :)
Laura C on May 15, 2017
Wanted a cherry tree.
Patricia B on May 15, 2017
I like the dwarf variety of this tree
John S on May 6, 2017
john k on May 3, 2017
Your website promised healthy product, will know more when I receive item. If delivered in conditioners as promised Will be very happy
Steven L on Apr 17, 2017
for eat
HALEY K on Apr 3, 2017
Small tree for the front yard that we can enjoy delicious cherry's from.
Christopher L on Apr 1, 2017
Delicious fruit
Catherine L on Apr 1, 2017
Good pollinator 4 Rainer
Matt V on Mar 19, 2017
needed a second, non tart cherry
marcy mahoney a on Feb 19, 2017
wife loves cherries
ihor stefan b on Feb 9, 2017
Love cherry trees and just got some land and thought it would be nice to have a couple.
Brad K on Jul 22, 2016
I didn't.
Jim M on Jul 7, 2016
This was to replace a lovely cherry tree that a friend had attempted to transplant for me. It died. So this was to give me another cherry tree to enjoy, since I lost that first one.
Storyspinning on Jul 2, 2016
grows in my area.
ismael c on Apr 17, 2016
This tree was bought as a pollinator for my Montmercy Cherry.
Brittany S on Apr 16, 2016
I've been thinking about growing some cherry trees lately and this seemed like a good choice.
ROBERT J H on Apr 15, 2016
looks good
TOM R on Apr 15, 2016
Miniature in size with limited available space where it is to be planted. Also, selected because we want a sour cherry tree.
Robert B on Apr 14, 2016
I chose this item so my nephews will always remember their mother. She loved the color red and what better way to say she will always be remembered for a long time.
Elizabeth T on Apr 13, 2016
I love fruit and wanted a variety.
Carolyn R on Mar 31, 2016
I am in the process of having my landscape become as edible as possible and I love to make jam and freeze whole fruit for pie. Also because it is self-pollinating.
Marilynn J B on Mar 23, 2016
Curious to see if I can successfully grow this tree.....
Edwina F on Feb 18, 2016
Cherry trees are beautiful in the Spring, and cherries have wonderful health benefits. I love the idea of being able to walk into the backyard and pick some cherries to eat. They are tart cherries, but still sweet enough to eat, and perfect for jams and baking too!
Erin C on Feb 11, 2016
To fertilize the Bings
Sam H on Feb 1, 2016
Have some others berries on a container garden.They are doing well so,decide to add the cherry-tree.
elaine l on Aug 9, 2018
should work in my zone. compact and self-fertile.
arthur f on Aug 1, 2018
Can I order just one of the larger and when will it produce?
Lisa L on Jan 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Ir can take 3-5 years to produce.
Do you have a dwarft in the North Star cherry tree and if you do how tall is it?
Gail K on May 6, 2015
BEST ANSWER: We only carry the semi dwarf. The mature height of ours is 10-12 ft.
How do I prepare soil for filling the hole? I have top soil, compost, manure, so what is the best mix for cherry tree? May water retaining pellets be mixed with soil?
Hex1957 on May 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I would mix together the top soil, compost and manure making a good blend, not putting any retaining pellets.
Is this self pollinating?
Wayne J on Apr 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, I planted it alone in my yard, no other cherries, and it produced fruit
Can this tree be grown succuessfully without chemical sprays?
A shopper on Jun 20, 2014
BEST ANSWER: You will likely need to spray to eliminate tiny black (ants?) after the flowers have set and new growth is emerging. The bugs will destroy the ends of many new shoots if not treated. Treat quickly after seeing the bugs, they populate exponentially. One spraying of a fruit and vegetable insect killer will do it and not adversely affect the crop.otherwise, nothing else needs to be done. I have four montmorency and north star sour cherry trees. The montmorency trees are affected as well butseem to be better growers. In the chicago area, anyway.
Has been planted one year, when will it start producing cherries?
James B on Apr 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I would give it atleast 3 more years.
when it says tree width, does it mean the canopy?
A shopper on Jul 12, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Canopy is the width of the branches and how far they stretch out. Our tree is about 4 ft canopy right now.
Will this plant fruit in dallas?
Sean M on Jun 9, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the North Star should fruit for you. It is recommended for growing zones 4-8 and you are in zone 8.
Can you grow this tree in a container on a deck or patio? How big would the container need to be?
papab on Jul 24, 2018
is this sour cherry tree?
mahyar e on Apr 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: yes it is sour
if you are looking to make pies it is good
did not get cherries the first year
but last year WOW and I live in Illinois and they are full of blooms and two new branches on April18,2017
the only problem I have is Asian beetles
good luck enjoy
How far apart should they be planted from the other cherry tree if making rows?
Kasey M on Mar 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I had them 8-10 feet apart. As they grow in size their branches will expand from tree center 3-4 feet toward each other which will now leave you only 2 ft or less spacing between the 2 trees.
what type of soil for this cherry tree?
Roberta H on May 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Mine are planted along my curb in somewhat clay-ey soil. They do fine there.
When is the best time to plant the North Star Cherry?
Katie on Jun 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They can be planted all year, as long as the ground isn’t frozen. If you plant your tree during the summer, especially during a heat wave of drought then give your tree extra water. The best time to plant is in the fall, six weeks before the first frost so your tree can get rooted into the ground before winter, or in the spring six weeks after the final frost, giving it time to become established before summer heat sets in. Keep in mind that planting during the summer still gives your tree enough time to get rooted in before the winter.
If I get a Rainier Cherry tree and a North Star Cherry tree, will they work as pollinators for each other?
Jennie on May 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes they will work as pollinators.
what is the average life expectancy of the North star cherry tree?
sue d on Jun 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The North Star Cherry has an average lifespan of 15-20 years.

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