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North Star Cherry

North Star Cherry

North Star Cherry

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North Star Cherry

Have you always dreamed of growing your own fruit? Have you imagined being able to walk out the back door in the summer or fall and pick cherries right off the tree? It doesn't have to be just a dream.

You can start your backyard orchard today, and the North Star cherry tree is a great first choice.

Think of all the reasons you may have told yourself you can't grow a fruit tree: you don't know anything about growing fruit, your yard isn't big enough or your winters are too cold. Our North Star cherry tree answers all of those concerns. This is a cold-hardy variety, so you can grow it as far north as zone 4. It only grows to between ten and twelve feet tall at full maturity, so it can fit into just about any backyard. It self-pollinates, so you don't need a second tree. Best of all, our trees have been grown with the utmost care so that all you have to do is put it in the ground and harvest your fresh, backyard fruit.

The North Star cherry isn't just the practical choice to get your backyard orchard started; it's also the tasty and nutritious choice. If you love cherries, you will love this tart, juicy, bright red cherry. It's the perfect pie cherry because it holds its flavor well and it has a small, free pit that is easy to remove. You won't want to stop at pies, though. These cherries work in all kinds of dishes, from savory to dessert. You can expect a bumper crop of cherries from this little tree, so you can make all kinds of pastries, jams and preserves, and you can even freeze extra fruit to use over the winter.

If you're ready to get started on your backyard orchard, you couldn't choose a better tree. Unlike those you might get from other nurseries, we don't start from a seed. We graft mature trees to hardy root stock, and you get a tree that is ready to produce fruit right away and that will resist most pests and diseases. All you need to do is get your tree in the ground and wait until early summer to start harvesting and enjoying your North Star cherries.

Your Growing Compatibility

USDA
Growing Zones

4-8

Minimum
Chill Hours

500

Compatible Growing Zone

You are in Growing Zone 6

Characteristics

Growing Zone 4,5,6,7,8 Botanical Name Prunus Cerasus 'North Star'
Mature Width 8-12 ft Mature Height 10-12 ft
Sun Tolerance Full Sun, Partial Sun Chill Hours 500
Wet Soil Tolerance Poor Shade Tolerance Good
Drought Tolerance Good Heat Tolerance Very Good
Hummididty Tolerance Very Good Pest Resistance Very Good
Disease Resistance Very Good Deer Resistant Poor
Ripens Early Summer Soil Type Moist but Well Drained
Self Fertile Yes Spacing 8-10 ft

Characteristics

Growing Zone 4,5,6,7,8 Botanical Name Prunus Cerasus 'North Star'
Mature Width 8-12 ft Mature Height 10-12 ft
Sun Tolerance Full Sun, Partial Sun Chill Hours 500
Wet Soil Tolerance Poor Shade Tolerance Good
Drought Tolerance Good Heat Tolerance Very Good
Hummididty Tolerance Very Good Pest Resistance Very Good
Disease Resistance Very Good Deer Resistant Poor
Ripens Early Summer Soil Type Moist but Well Drained
Self Fertile Yes Spacing 8-10 ft

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Planting & Care

Planting and caring for your new fruit tree is easy. To get started, find a good spot in your yard or a large container. The location should have good drainage and adequate sunlight. For a container, be sure there are drainage holes in the bottom and that it is large enough for the root ball to fit with some extra room.

In the yard, dig a hole that is a few inches shallower than the height of the root ball and three times as wide. The roots need room to spread outwards, but you don't want it to sit too deep in the hole. If your soil is especially dense and compacted, you may need to go out wider and loosen up the soil.

Before placing the root ball in the hole or container, pull the roots gently to space them out a little and cut off any damaged roots. Place the tree into the hole or container, ensuring that the point at which the roots meet the trunk is going to be an inch or two above the surrounding soil.

Carefully add the soil back into the hole or add your potting mix to the container. It helps to have one person hold the tree upright while you do this. It helps to keep the tree straight. As you fill in the soil, take steps to prevent air pockets from forming by removing large pieces of debris, breaking up large, dense clumps of soil, and water a little at a time. The soil should slope downward from the trunk to prevent water pooling around the roots, but the tops of the largest roots should protrude from the soil.

Water your new tree thoroughly to settle the soil. Water it again when the top two-inch layer of soil dries out. As your tree grows and the roots develop, you can water less often. Your tree will arrive pruned, so you only need to prune it once a year, in early spring, to keep its shape and to promote more fruit development, or to keep it small if you are growing in a container.

Fertilizer is not always necessary. If your tree grows well and looks healthy, it probably doesn't need any feeding. If you are not happy with how fast it is growing, of if you notice any signs of poor nutrition, you can apply an appropriate fertilizer once or twice a year. Our trees are hardy and you should not need to spray for pests or disease.

Shipping

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We take pride in accurate and on-time shipping dates. Of course there are factors that could delay these dates. These are estimates, and we cannot guarantee exact shipping dates. Shipping live products has its challenges and occasionally Mother Nature does not abide by our time frames. On rare occasions we have to delay shipping due to severe weather forecasts in your area or ours. Sometimes the seasons are delayed and plants take longer to reach specifications. Although these types of delays are rare, we try to keep you informed. The health of your plants is our highest concern.


Spring Shipping
Due to the nature of certain cold sensitive plants, it is best to ship them during months with milder temperatures. Spring shipped items are identified on their product page, as well as information on Northern States that ship in spring. Most trees and plants we carry can safely be planted year-round, but you may prefer planting in warmer weather. If you would like to receive a plant earlier than designated or delay its delivery date, we are happy to schedule what’s most convenient. Just call us at 1-888-286-1004.

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What Will I Receive

Will my Trees Look Like the Photographs?

Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.


Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

Expected Yearly Growth

Pruning & Trimming

Most Fruiting Plants Are Pruned Before Shipping... At No Cost To You!

Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.


Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.