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North Star Cherry

Prunus cerasus 'North Star'


1. Height

  • Ships week of Apr 7
  • Shipped to you in our Drop 'N Grow™

    The benefits of the Drop ‘N Grow™ bag…

    By growing these trees in burlap bags, the roots grow into the cloth, rather than circling around a pot. This forces these trees to put out thousands of fine hair roots. These roots bring moisture and nutrients into the plants. This means you get a tree that will become established quicker and provide you with superior and faster growth.

    These will be the easiest trees you have ever planted! Simply dig your hole, place the Drop 'N Grow™ bag in the center (burlap included) then use excess dirt to fill the hole. That's it!

    Drop and Grow Bare Root


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3. Extras

-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- 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- 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- 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

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

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Year to Bear:

Fruits 1st Year!

Botanical Name:

Prunus cerasus 'North Star'

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Don't Buy Bare-Root Trees (learn why below)

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.

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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

4.4 / 5.0
50 Reviews
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Pretty Little Tree
The tree arrived in great shape. It was well packaged. Plenty of foliage. Well pruned. It looks so good in the back yard that even though it's dormant, my wife spotted ten or twelve cherries within a week. She was a little disappointed when she found out that they were artificial cherries from the local craft store that I had tied on when she wasn't looking.

I can't wait for spring.
November 12, 2018
3 months ago
Growing Zone:
FAST growing
This is a veritable "tree", and grows so much faster than the typical non fruiting tree. It produced 50-75 cherries after 1 year, and has doubled in size, width and height. Unfortunately, the birds get to most cherries before me, but they were my main reason for the purchase :)
October 10, 2018
5 months ago
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So far so good
Came securely packaged and in good shape. Some brown leaves, but they said to expect that, so I did. Planted it a few weeks ago and it still looks healthy. It's late Fall here, so no blooms expected until next year.
October 8, 2018
4 months ago
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We’ll see how it goes
The tree looked good when it arrived; six days later, all the leaves had turned brown. I let the nursery know and asked what I should do. The nice person that spoke to me said that it should be okay. ?? fingers crossed
August 29, 2018
5 months ago
Growing Zone:
Great Trees
I bought two trees at the height of summer heat with the expectation that my success may be limited. Even worse, I couldn’t get them in the ground immediately. The trees arrived at the house in perfect condition. Once I got them in the ground we started experiencing triple digit temps and I watered them daily. One tree looks like the day it arrived and I thought the other died. Recently the bare tree started sprouting new leaves on most branches. I’m thrilled with the trees and am very impressed with the company. Since then I have purchased many more plants with confidence that they will arrive in perfect condition and ready to face the post planting season.
August 15, 2018
6 months ago
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My cherry tree is doing well currently, but I sent oucs of the red maple trees. I need help with the brown spotting on the leaves. It's been here since April and not one new leaf on either and dll leaves have brown spots
July 14, 2018
7 months ago
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I ordered two of these trees, they are doing well. I can't wait for them to mature and to harvest it's fruit.
July 9, 2018
7 months ago
Growing Zone:
Doing Well
I have plenty of new growth starting! This tree was injured in a windstorm just a few hours after I planted it. With a little bandaging, it has recovered nicely!
New growth
More new growth
July 4, 2018
7 months ago
Growing Zone:
Absolutely perfect service!
Ordered a North Star Cherry Tree 2 days ago, and it arrived already! Fresh, happy and quite big cherry tree! Packaging done neatly! Love it and will definitely order again!
June 20, 2018
7 months ago
Growing Zone:
Great Tree!
Planted this several years ago when my wife and I bought our new house. It's grown very well and has produced cherries every summer since planting.
June 16, 2018
over 3 years ago
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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
reliable, great for our state.
Alberto U on Nov 30, 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
reliable, great for our state.
Alberto U on Nov 30, 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
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
Can I order just one of the larger and when will it produce?
Lisa L on Jan 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It 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.
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
BEST ANSWER: It is not a flower, it is a tree. So I would not recommend a pot as the roots would have no room to grow and absorb natural nutrients. These trees also grow very fast!!! I am sure you could do anything, but I do not recommend it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is Fall a good time to plant this tree in the midwest area. Temps this week are in the 60,s?
Mary F on Oct 7, 2018

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