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Stella Cherry Tree

Stella Cherry Tree

Large Beautiful Black Fruit

Semi-dwarf on Maxma rootstock

  • Zones: 5-9
  • Chill hours: 500-600
  • Bloom Time: Late Mid-season (Based on typical Central Valley California weather)
  • Harvest: May 25 - June 15
  • Looks: Large, nearly black, elongated cherry.
  • Personality: Sweet, richly flavored.
  • Facts of note: Stella Cherry, Prunus avium ‘Stella’ was developed at the world-famous Summerland Research Station in British Columbia and released in 1968, it became one of the most exciting breakthroughs for the home gardener in 100 years. The first self-fruitful cherry variety immediately became a hit with the home gardeners who often did not have enough room for a Cherry variety that needed another tree as a pollinator the Stella fast became a number one seller at the retail nurseries through the United States. The Stella Cherry was everything that both the commercial and home garden market were looking for in the late 60’s early 70’s. A great tasting Cherry variety that could pollinate itself and other Cherry varieties. For the commercial growers a Cherry variety that could be harvested all at once from a single orchard had great promise The Stella is a stately compact, self-fruitful tree which produces an abundance of heart shaped, shiny, red black red fruit with red flesh. Its tight, upright, vase shaped character makes it an idea choice for the home garden. As with all cherries the Stella makes a great statement in the landscape when use as an edible ornamental. The sturdy bold appearance of the trunk and the formal upright vase shape of the tree overall, make it a great choice for being displayed randomly in the garden or in a traditional row in a home orchard.
  • Pollination: Self-fruitful, pollinates Bing.

The Cherry Stella Semi-Dwarf (Prunus avium 'Stella') is a delightful and rewarding addition to any home orchard. Known for its delicious, sweet fruit and compact size, this cherry tree offers both beauty and functionality to your landscape.

Characteristics of Cherry Stella Semi-Dwarf:

  1. Fruit: The Cherry Stella is renowned for its delectable, heart-shaped cherries. These dark red to black fruits are large, sweet, and perfect for fresh eating. Their firm texture and rich flavor make them a favorite for snacking, baking, or preserving into jams and pies.

  2. Tree Size: As a semi-dwarf variety, the Cherry Stella offers a more manageable size compared to standard cherry trees. It typically reaches a height of about 8 to 12 feet when fully mature, making it suitable for smaller gardens or even large containers. This compact size makes it easier to harvest the fruit and maintain the tree.

  3. Blossoms: In early spring, the Cherry Stella graces your garden with a stunning display of white, fragrant blossoms. These blossoms not only add ornamental value but also attract pollinators, such as bees, essential for fruit production.

  4. Self-Fruitful: One of the significant advantages of the Cherry Stella is that it is self-fruitful. This means that it doesn't require another cherry tree for cross-pollination; it can set fruit on its own. However, planting more than one cherry tree in your orchard can increase overall yield and enhance pollination.

Care and Maintenance:

To ensure a healthy and productive Cherry Stella Semi-Dwarf tree, consider the following care guidelines:

  1. Sunlight: Plant your cherry tree in a location that receives full sun, providing at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight daily. Adequate sunlight promotes fruit production and tree vitality.

  2. Well-Drained Soil: Cherry trees thrive in well-drained, loamy soil with good air circulation. Ensure that the soil has excellent drainage to prevent waterlogged roots, which can lead to root rot.

  3. Pruning: Regular pruning is essential to maintain the tree's shape, remove dead or diseased branches, and encourage new growth. Prune during late winter or early spring before new growth begins.

  4. Watering: Cherry trees require consistent moisture, especially during the growing season and when the fruit is developing. Provide deep, regular watering to keep the soil evenly moist.

  5. Mulching: Applying a layer of mulch around the base of the tree helps retain soil moisture, regulate temperature, and suppress weed growth. Be sure to leave a small gap between the mulch and the tree trunk to prevent moisture-related issues.

Benefits of Growing Cherry Stella Semi-Dwarf:

  1. Homegrown Delights: Nothing compares to the taste of fresh, homegrown cherries. The Cherry Stella allows you to enjoy sweet, juicy cherries right from your garden, free from pesticides and chemicals.

  2. Ornamental Value: Beyond its fruit-bearing capacity, the Cherry Stella adds ornamental charm to your landscape with its beautiful spring blossoms and attractive foliage.

  3. Space-Efficient: Its semi-dwarf size makes the Cherry Stella a suitable choice for smaller gardens, urban spaces, or container gardening, enabling you to enjoy fresh cherries even with limited room.

  4. Pollinator-Friendly: Cherry trees, including the Stella variety, attract pollinators such as bees, contributing to the overall health and diversity of your garden ecosystem.

The Cherry Stella Semi-Dwarf is a sweet and practical addition to any garden or orchard. Its delicious fruit, manageable size, and ease of care make it an excellent choice for both beginner and experienced gardeners. With proper attention and maintenance, you can savor the delightful taste of homegrown cherries while enjoying the aesthetic appeal of this beautiful tree in your outdoor space.

Visit our Fruit Tree Central for a listing of all our fruit tree videos and articles.

Visit Tree Characteristics for a listing of all our fruit & nut tree growing characteristics.

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Description

Semi-dwarf on Maxma rootstock

  • Zones: 5-9
  • Chill hours: 500-600
  • Bloom Time: Late Mid-season (Based on typical Central Valley California weather)
  • Harvest: May 25 - June 15
  • Looks: Large, nearly black, elongated cherry.
  • Personality: Sweet, richly flavored.
  • Facts of note: Stella Cherry, Prunus avium ‘Stella’ was developed at the world-famous Summerland Research Station in British Columbia and released in 1968, it became one of the most exciting breakthroughs for the home gardener in 100 years. The first self-fruitful cherry variety immediately became a hit with the home gardeners who often did not have enough room for a Cherry variety that needed another tree as a pollinator the Stella fast became a number one seller at the retail nurseries through the United States. The Stella Cherry was everything that both the commercial and home garden market were looking for in the late 60’s early 70’s. A great tasting Cherry variety that could pollinate itself and other Cherry varieties. For the commercial growers a Cherry variety that could be harvested all at once from a single orchard had great promise The Stella is a stately compact, self-fruitful tree which produces an abundance of heart shaped, shiny, red black red fruit with red flesh. Its tight, upright, vase shaped character makes it an idea choice for the home garden. As with all cherries the Stella makes a great statement in the landscape when use as an edible ornamental. The sturdy bold appearance of the trunk and the formal upright vase shape of the tree overall, make it a great choice for being displayed randomly in the garden or in a traditional row in a home orchard.
  • Pollination: Self-fruitful, pollinates Bing.

The Cherry Stella Semi-Dwarf (Prunus avium 'Stella') is a delightful and rewarding addition to any home orchard. Known for its delicious, sweet fruit and compact size, this cherry tree offers both beauty and functionality to your landscape.

Characteristics of Cherry Stella Semi-Dwarf:

  1. Fruit: The Cherry Stella is renowned for its delectable, heart-shaped cherries. These dark red to black fruits are large, sweet, and perfect for fresh eating. Their firm texture and rich flavor make them a favorite for snacking, baking, or preserving into jams and pies.

  2. Tree Size: As a semi-dwarf variety, the Cherry Stella offers a more manageable size compared to standard cherry trees. It typically reaches a height of about 8 to 12 feet when fully mature, making it suitable for smaller gardens or even large containers. This compact size makes it easier to harvest the fruit and maintain the tree.

  3. Blossoms: In early spring, the Cherry Stella graces your garden with a stunning display of white, fragrant blossoms. These blossoms not only add ornamental value but also attract pollinators, such as bees, essential for fruit production.

  4. Self-Fruitful: One of the significant advantages of the Cherry Stella is that it is self-fruitful. This means that it doesn't require another cherry tree for cross-pollination; it can set fruit on its own. However, planting more than one cherry tree in your orchard can increase overall yield and enhance pollination.

Care and Maintenance:

To ensure a healthy and productive Cherry Stella Semi-Dwarf tree, consider the following care guidelines:

  1. Sunlight: Plant your cherry tree in a location that receives full sun, providing at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight daily. Adequate sunlight promotes fruit production and tree vitality.

  2. Well-Drained Soil: Cherry trees thrive in well-drained, loamy soil with good air circulation. Ensure that the soil has excellent drainage to prevent waterlogged roots, which can lead to root rot.

  3. Pruning: Regular pruning is essential to maintain the tree's shape, remove dead or diseased branches, and encourage new growth. Prune during late winter or early spring before new growth begins.

  4. Watering: Cherry trees require consistent moisture, especially during the growing season and when the fruit is developing. Provide deep, regular watering to keep the soil evenly moist.

  5. Mulching: Applying a layer of mulch around the base of the tree helps retain soil moisture, regulate temperature, and suppress weed growth. Be sure to leave a small gap between the mulch and the tree trunk to prevent moisture-related issues.

Benefits of Growing Cherry Stella Semi-Dwarf:

  1. Homegrown Delights: Nothing compares to the taste of fresh, homegrown cherries. The Cherry Stella allows you to enjoy sweet, juicy cherries right from your garden, free from pesticides and chemicals.

  2. Ornamental Value: Beyond its fruit-bearing capacity, the Cherry Stella adds ornamental charm to your landscape with its beautiful spring blossoms and attractive foliage.

  3. Space-Efficient: Its semi-dwarf size makes the Cherry Stella a suitable choice for smaller gardens, urban spaces, or container gardening, enabling you to enjoy fresh cherries even with limited room.

  4. Pollinator-Friendly: Cherry trees, including the Stella variety, attract pollinators such as bees, contributing to the overall health and diversity of your garden ecosystem.

The Cherry Stella Semi-Dwarf is a sweet and practical addition to any garden or orchard. Its delicious fruit, manageable size, and ease of care make it an excellent choice for both beginner and experienced gardeners. With proper attention and maintenance, you can savor the delightful taste of homegrown cherries while enjoying the aesthetic appeal of this beautiful tree in your outdoor space.

Visit our Fruit Tree Central for a listing of all our fruit tree videos and articles.

Visit Tree Characteristics for a listing of all our fruit & nut tree growing characteristics.

About Cherries: Cherries are a practical fruit for home orchards where climate and soil conditions are suitable. Once established, they require little maintenance and are reliable producers. They are best adapted to areas where summers are moderately cool. The trees dislike high humidity. They are usually the last fruit to bloom and first to ripen. Most varieties require a pollenizer. Sweet cherries can reach 25-30 feet tall in deep soils. Sensitive to wet, tight soils. Susceptible to birds, brown rot, and bacterial canker. Browse all our cherry trees for sale.

Please Note: Although most of our bare-root trees arrive to our warehouse in mid-December, there are a few varieties that will not arrive until mid-January. If you order any of those varieties along with varieties that arrive in mid-December, your order will be delayed for shipment until mid-January. If you'd like us to split your shipments, please contact us at (888) 784-1722 or orderdesk@groworganic.com. Additional shipping charges will apply.

Shipping Information

Ships from Northern CA.

Cannot ship to the following states: HI, AK, PR, GU, VI

Cannot ship via USPS.

Cannot ship via SmartPost.

Shipping Weight: 5.0 lb

Dimensions: 55.5"L x 7.3"W x 2.75"H

Features

  • Self-fruitful
  • Suited to Warmer Climates

Characteristics

USDA Growing Zone: 5 - 9
Approximate Harvest Time : Early Summer
Approximate Harvest Time : Late Spring
Chill Hours Needed : 500-600 hours
Planting Time : Winter
Time to Fruit Production : 3 Years
Tree Size : Semi-dwarf

Planting & Care

Useful Information

Guarantee

Limited Dormant Tree & Plant Guarantee

* Claim deadline is June 15th

We guarantee that your dormant tree or plant will arrive in good, viable condition. If your tree arrives in substandard condition, notify us within 3 days of delivery. Please email pictures of the box, inside packaging, the tree and its roots to helpdesk@groworganic.com.  We will investigate your claim and process a request to exchange or refund the damaged product.

If your dormant tree or plant has not grown new leaves by June 15th, you may be eligible for our Limited Dormant Tree & Plant Guarantee. This guarantee provides for a store credit for the purchase price of the tree, excluding shipping. Please see the Instructions below.

Important Dates:

  • April 1st Dormant trees/plants must be planted in the ground
  • May 15th Perform scratch test, if no new leaves have grown
  • June 15th Deadline to apply for a dormant tree/plant credit

All required documentation must be received by June 15th for your claim to be considered. Claims or documentation received after June 15th will be denied, without exception. Instructions listed below

Terms and Conditions

We cannot guarantee that your tree or plant will remain alive and healthy after it is received, or bear fruit as there are too many variables in your environment that are beyond our control (i.e. soil preparation, weed and pest control, proper irrigation, chill hours, compatible hardiness for your growing zone, proper choice of pollinator, extreme weather, rodent damage, disease, etc.). 

We cannot guarantee that we will be able to provide a replacement tree/plant of the same species either that same growing season or in future years. Customers are responsible for all shipping fees associated with replacement trees and plants. 

If we determine that the tree you purchased directly from us is not viable, we will issue you a store credit (not a refund) for the purchase price of the affected dormant tree or plant. Shipping is not included in the dormant tree/plant guarantee. Store credits can be used to purchase any product we sell and are valid for use only until July 1st of the following year.

Historically, 98% of our dormant trees and plants grow and thrive when they have been cared for and planted using our growing guides. Dormant trees and plants must be planted in the ground by April 1st in order to be eligible for credit. If the ground in your area is still frozen solid, you may temporarily plant your tree or plant in a pot. 

Potted, non-dormant trees or plants are excluded from this guarantee as they are not dormant at the time of shipment. Evergreen trees such as citrus, avocado and olive trees are not available for credit under the Dormant Tree and Plant Guarantee. 

Instructions

We guarantee that your dormant fruit tree or plant will leaf out, if you care for it according to our growing guides. In the unlikely event that your dormant tree or plant does not have leaves by May 15th, follow these simple steps to apply for a store credit:

Before you call or email, please perform a “scratch test” to determine if the tree or plant is still alive. This video shows how to check for live tissue under the bark. Scratch tests need to be done a few inches above and below the graft. 

Green Cambium Layer / Living Trees

If the cambium layer under the bark is green, give your tree a little more time. It is still alive, but hasn’t come out of dormancy yet. Check to make sure that it is getting the right amount of deep root water, enough sunlight and that the weather is warm enough for that type of tree/plant to come out of dormancy. Every tree has its own personality and will come out of dormancy at different times. Be sure to submit the required documentation listed below by June 15th, if it doesn’t grow leaves.

Brown Cambium Layer / Dead Trees

If the scratch test shows a brown cambium layer or if your dormant tree/plant doesn’t have leaves by June 1st, please email us at helpdesk@groworganic.com. All required documentation listed below must be received by June 15th for your claim to be considered. To be considered for the guarantee claim, all required documentation must be received by June 15th.  Incomplete submissions will be denied.

Required Documentation

  1. Order number
  2. Name of dormant tree/plant and the quantity affected
  3. Photos of each tree or plant showing: 
    1. The roots (tree or plant must be pulled out of the ground)
    2. The scratch test areas
    3. The entire tree/plant

We reserve the right to not issue credit for items that have already been replaced. We also reserve the right to require photographic evidence that the tree/plant was not killed by root rot, rodent or mechanical damage.

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S. Williams
My Stella cherry…

My “Stella” cherry… wasn’t a cherry, at all, but an (unknown) variety of plum. The tree is still alive, and still has it’s misnamed tag on it. We like plums, but we love cherries. I purchased a Stella cherry, from elsewhere, but I would not consider the plum we received by accident, a loss. It’s provided me with seedling plum trees to use as rootstock, (to graft Stella branches to), as well as quite a few juicy plums, and it’s lovely in bloom.
I’ve purchased multiple fruit trees from Peaceful Valley, and have been well pleased with most of them.

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Sam
So far so good

Shipped well, looked good upon arrival. Put the tree in the ground a couple weeks ago. Should be coming out of dormancy soon, I have high hopes.

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Dominique
Just came in and looks great!

I just finished soaking my 2 trees that came in and they are sprouting buds. They are thick and healthy looking the root systems look great. I am so excited to watch them grow big and strong.

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Jennifer
Great tree

I was very happy when I opened this tree. I have ordered trees from companies previously and been disappointed with how tiny of a twig I received. This tree was thick and healthy looking with a large root system. It is still winter so the tree is dormant so I have not seen growth yet but I am very hopeful! Good price, too! Thank you!!!

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lidor
just great!!!

we had fun thank you!!

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