The Stella Cherry Tree (Prunus avium 'Stella') is a compact, self-fruitful Cherry tree which produces an abundance of heart-shaped, shiny fruit. Each gorgeous gem that adorns this tree in summer is a juicy Cherry that is blackish-red fruit with succulent red flesh.
Compact and sporting bright-green foliage, the tree naturally grows in a tight, upright character, making it an ideal choice for the home garden and a real space saver!
Lovely white blooms smother the tree in the early spring and are delightfully fragrant. They are immediately enjoyed by your local pollinators. Blooms are quickly followed mid-summer by clusters of shiny, dark red, nearly black fruit.
Stella produces Cherries that are especially sweet, plump and firm. They resist the cracking and splitting that you see with some Cherry varieties, which is a problem in areas with high summer rainfall.
Stella produces so well you'll have a bounty of Cherries to eat, bake with and store, and even more to share!
The lovely display of white flowers in spring make these highly ornamental specimens and their size makes them perfect for front or back garden use. As a lovely dual-purpose tree for your landscape, don't be afraid to use Stella as you would any other blooming tree!
Semi-dwarf Stella Cherry trees are tall enough to providegreat shade, you can leave your tree as a more shrub form or with just a bit of pruning, create a lovely shade tree by your back patio! Creating a double-duty Edible Landscaping doesn't have to be boring! Stella will be a phenomenally beautiful addition to any site!
You can use the Stella as a single specimen or create a home orchard with 2 or more for even more variety to your Sweet Cherry Tree harvest.
They are precocious, which means they bear fruit at a young age, so you won't have long to wait for your first harvest! These high-quality trees begin fruiting around 3 - 5 years of age.
Stella Cherries are excellent when eaten fresh right off the tree and still warm from the sun! Stella trees are amazing when baked into pies and pastries that will have everyone raving! To save your bountiful harvest, Stella is firm enough fruit for you to make them into jellies and preserves! Versatile, they're perfect for a wide variety of other dishes. They also store and freeze well.
Fruit trees all do their absolute best in full sun! You'll have fewer flowers and therefore less fruit when planted in anything less. Stella is cold hardy down to USDA hardiness zone 5-9!
Stella cherry trees are widely adaptable to a broad range of soil types, but they prefer moist, well-drained soil for the best tasting, largest fruit. Neutral pH, on the ever so slightly acidic side between 6-7, is also best.
Water fruit trees very well while they are establishing that first year after planting into your landscape and during fruiting season, to have the juiciest, plumpest fruit possible!
All of your wildlife and local pollinators will thank you for adding one to their habitat, although you may have to fight the birds from time-to-time for your harvest. Stella's compact habit makes it easy to maintain the tree's height for making bird netting a breeze.
A generous layer of mulch over the root system helps retain soil moisture as well as insulate the root system from heat and chill. Be sure to never pile mulch up over the trunk of the tree and spread it in a layer that's about 3-4" thick.
The Stella Cherry tree is self-fruitful but is an excellent pollinator to other cherry trees as well.
Order one for your garden today from the experts at Nature Hills Nursery and begin your journey towards a bountiful, Cherry filled future!
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|Sprinter Pot||Equal to||.63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Ranges from||.31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume|
|6" Container||Equal to||1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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The Stella Cherry was the first readily available self-fruitful variety of sweet cherry offered and was introduced by the world famous Agricultural Research Station in Summerland, British Columbia. Though not an immediate hit with the commercial market, Stella is the forerunner to some of the most important cherry varieties on the market today.
Beginning in 1956, Dr Charles Lapins of the Summerland Research Station crossed the Lambert Cherry, a popular commercial sweet cherry of the time, with a known self-fruitful selection, John Innes 2420, possibly a seedling of Emperor Francis x Napoleon, from the John Innes institute in Norwich, England.
Stella was then selected from the seedlings of this cross in 1964. Once the evaluation was completed, Stella Cherry's introduction occurred in 1973.
Though not a complete commercial success, Stella Cherry took the home garden market by storm. In the 1970's as home lots sizes grew smaller - the notion giving space to two cherry trees to act as pollinating partner became a challenge to accommodate. For home gardeners, the idea of a self-fruitful cherry tree was welcomed with open arms.
In 1980's, the Stella Cherry became one of the top selling varieties to the home garden market. The added benefit of its ability to pollinate other popular varieties only increased its popularity. Since this time the Summerland Research Station has released many of the most popular, best tasting and most productive varieties of self-fruitful cherries now available to the home garden market.
|Botanical Name||Prunus avium 'Stella'|
|Mature Height||Semi Dwarf: 15 - 18 feet|
|Mature Spread||15 - 18 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Soil Type||Widely Adaptable|
|Moisture||Well Drained - Average Moistness|
|Fruiting Time||3 - 5 years|