Cherry(Prunus) cerasus 'North Star'

North Stari Pie Cherry (North Star Sour Cherry)

Categories: Fruit Tree

Red fruit with a small stone. Very productive. A sour pie cherry. Blooms in early May. Since birds love to eat cherries, the tree will need to be covered with netting as soon as the ripening fruit shows the slightest amount of red color.  The tree is very precocious & usually will start bearing fruit the 2nd season from planting.  

More About Cherry(Prunus) cerasus 'North Star'

  • Genetic dwarf introduced by the University of MN in 1950
  • It is extremely hardy and self-pollinating

One of the parents of North Star is English Morello (noted for its extremely dark fruit).  This trait was passed on to North Star.  While many other tart cherry cultivars have a dark skin, the actual flesh of their fruit is light pink or yellow, which results in a poorly colored pie. 

We do NOT SHIP plants. ALL Sales are in person at our garden center.


6-10 Ft


6-10 Ft

Hardiness Zone:


Cherry(Prunus) cerasus 'North Star' Characteristics


  • Drought Tolerant
  • Specimen


  • Sun Tolerant
  • Part Sun/Part Shade

Nature Attraction

  • Songbirds

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Early Spring

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Needs well drained soil

Bloom Time

  • Mid season

Fall Color

  • Yellow

Flower Color

  • White


  • bright red

Fruit Qualities

  • tart flavor

Fruiting Attributes

  • good for jams/jellies/juices
  • good for cold regions/very hardy
  • heavy bearer
  • all purpose
  • good for cooking/baking
  • Self-Pollinating/Self-Fruitful


  • Upright
  • Spreading
  • Pyramidal