Cherry, Stella

Cherry, Stella

Prunus avium 'Stella' 

3/8-1/2 inch stem diameter at sale, bare root plant

Sourced from NY


Sweet. Red Fruit.


  • Description

    About Cherries:

    Sour cherries: Used for cooking, baking, juicing, and preserves. Can be frozen or dehydrated. Commonly known as pie cherries. They are tart with firm flesh. There are two kinds: Amarelle-type with yellow flesh and clear juices, and Morello-type with red flesh and red juices. They are harvested between June and August. Sour cherries are competing in the superfood market. This season, FCNRCD is offering Montmorency, an amarelle-type sour cherry.

    Sweet cherries: For fresh or frozen use. May also be dehydrated. Colors range from blackish purple to red to yellow. They are harvested between June and July.

    Brining cherries: These are sweet cherries processed into maraschino through a brining process. Most common varieties cultivated for brining include Bind, Lambert, and Napoleon. FCNRCD is offering Emperor Francis, which is utilized in the northeast for brining.


    Other Names: Lineage: Lambert x John Innes Seedling 2420.

    Native to: The parent cross was performed in 1956 by K.O. Lapins at the Summerland Research Station in Summerland, British Columbia. Stella is a self-fertile cherry tree. It pollinates almost all except Bing.

    Flower Color:  white, blooms mid to late season

    Pollination: Self-fertile

    Fruit Color: Red

    Fruit Size: Large

    Type: Sweet

    Harvest in: up to 7 years

    Harvest Window: June

    Mature yield: 30-50 quarts when mature

    Mature height: 15-20 ft

    Mature width: 12-15 ft

    Growth Rate: about 1 ft per year

    Light Requirements: At least 6 hours per day

    Water Requirements: 1 gallon or 1 inch of rainfall per week


    • Do not fertilizer in Year 1
    • Subsequent years: Fertilize once a year; apply about 3-6 weeks before bloom.
    • Fertilizer: One lower in nitrogen, a 5-10-10 is sufficient
    • Soil pH: 6.3-7.2

    Disease: Moderately disease resistant. Susceptible to brown rot and bacterial canker

    Pruning: Late Winter


  • Resources

    Stella, a Self-Fruitful Sweet Cherry, Canadian Journal of Plant Science. For personal use only