Growing Zones: 5-8 outdoors(hardy down to -10℉) 5-8 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 15-20 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 12-15 ft.
- Full Sun
- Growth Rate:
- Harvest Time:
- Year to Bear:
- Fruits 1st Year!
- Botanical Name:
- Prunus avium 'Stella'
- Does Not Ship To:
- AZ, CA, ID, WA
Sweet and Decadent Mouth-Watering Fruit
Get Fruit Fast
Love cherries? Don't wait for them. We devote years to growing and pruning these trees so that you don't have to wait for your Stella Cherries. You can expect this tree to perform the very first year! We'll deliver a well-branched, healthy specimen - guaranteed to give you many years of production and enjoyment.
Early Spring Show
You'll love the delicious cherries, but this tree's spring display will steal your heart. Stella Cherries are among the first trees trumpeting in the arrival of spring with their gorgeous, hot-pink blossoms that are showy and long-lasting. This tree is tailor-made to be the showpiece of your outdoor living area.
Great for Small Spaces
If gardening space is limited, you don't need a lot of real estate for a Stella Cherry Tree. Unlike most other Cherry Trees that require two to bear fruit, Stella is a self-pollinator so you only need a single tree to have bushels of your own juicy cherries every season.
Delicious and Healthy Fruit
If supermarket cherries are all you've ever known, you'll be pleasantly surprised with the flavor of Stella Cherries picked fresh from your own tree. Around mid-July, your cherries will be purple, plump and ready for picking. Stella Cherries are firm, succulent and sweet with a smooth skin that's resistant to cracking. Wonderful as a healthy and tasty snack right off the tree, yet Stella Cherries store and freeze marvelously well. Just think of the scrumptious cherry muffins, pies and cobblers you'll be baking with your very own harvested fruit. You can cook batches of gourmet cherry preserves for special occasions or give as gifts. Fresh cherry juice straight from your press makes a delicious afternoon treat on a warm summer day.
We've groomed it for you! It's ready when you are. It's a popular tree, so order while we have them in stock!
Stella Cherry Tree Pollination
Stella Cherry Trees are self-fertile. You will get fruit with only one plant. However, adding an additional Stella Cherry Tree will drastically increase the size of your crop.
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Nice tree, quick delivery
Cherry tree arrived on time as promised with buds. Only 1 branch broken. I put sealer on it. The root ball seemed kind of loose but it seems to be healthy. Thank you.
My stella tree
tree was full of little buds. planted the tree and it took off. It is growing very well and healthy. Thank You
Beautiful cherry tree
Looking forward to this beauty coming alive in spring! It's been around a month since it was planted. I plan to couple it with a Reiner cherry
Great Looking Plants
Both cherry trees arrived in great shape. First tree has lost all of it leaves and nothing else is sprouting. I am waiting for spring until I say good-bye. Second cherry tree is holding its leaves but is not getting any new ones. Our weather was very hot when first tree arrived-second tree has had to endure large amounts of rain. I am waiting for spring in hopes both trees will survive. I feel you really have a great product-our weather is just not cooperating.
I love it! It arrived very well packaged and very healthy. I got the the extra vitamins/minerals and the plant soil. The tree seems to be adapting to its site as I have new growth already.
Planting & Care
The Stella cherry tree (Prunus avium ‘Stella’) is an excellent addition to any home orchard. Prized for its semi-dwarf size, only reaching about 15 feet tall/wide at maturity. It will fit into any landscape or orchard and is self fertile, so you’ll only need one tree to get cherries year after year but will produce even more with another nearby. Growing in USDA zones 5-8, the cherry is cold tolerant down to -10 degrees, yet only requires approximately 400 chill hours so it will still produce fruit in areas where it gets warmer earlier. Blooming in early spring with an abundance of pink flowers, the sweet cherries are ready to harvest in mid-summer.
Location: Choose a sunny spot that will give your cherry tree a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. Although it will thrive in almost any kind of soil, avoid locations where the soil will remain soggy for prolonged lengths of time.
1. Dig a hole that is as deep as the root ball and three times as wide.
2. Place the roots in the hole and fill the hole about half-way with soil, tamp to remove air pockets then fill the hole completely.
3. Water to secure the tree and remove any additional air pockets in the soil.
4. Add more soil if necessary after settling.
5. Spread a layer of mulch over the soil around your cherry tree to help keep the soil moist, encourage healthy growth and protect your tree against competing growth.
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 midsummer 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.
Most items ship the next business day unless otherwise noted
Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately, however some orders may ship in 1-2 business days (we do not ship on the weekends) from date of purchase. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.
|Amount of Order||Shipping Charge|
|Less than $15||$11.95|
|$149 & above||Free Shipping!|
You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in
Growing Zones 3, 4, 5 or 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our
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We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.
|Growing Zone||Shipping Resumes|
|Zones 3 & 4||Week of April 29th|
|Zones 5||Week of April 14th|
|Zones 6||Week of March 31st|
|Zones 7-11||Ships Now!|