Stella sweet cherry trees

Stella Cherry Tree

Sweet and Decadent Mouth-Watering Fruit in 1 Year

Why Stella Cherry Trees?

Love cherries? Don’t wait for them. We devote years to growing and pruning these trees so that your Stella Cherry Tree produces fruit in the very first year!

Plus, it’s ideal for small spaces. If your gardening space is limited, the Stella is perfect. And unlike most other Cherry Trees that require two to bear fruit, Stella is a self-pollinator, so you only need a single tree to have bushels of your own juicy cherries every season (though more trees mean more fruit). These cherries are ideal for snacking, baking, canning and freezing for maximum versatility.

Why is Better

Aside from producing your own firm, succulent and sweet cherries, the Stella Cherry Tree is one-of-a-kind because of its wonderful start. We’ll deliver a well-branched, healthy specimen – guaranteed to give you many years of production and enjoyment. Basically, because we’ve planted, monitored and nurtured your Stella, you get a high-quality, proven performer in your landscape.

We’ve groomed it for you, so it’s ready to go and grow. Get fresh, home-grown cherries in only one year – order our popular Stella Cherry Tree today, before it’s gone!

Planting & Care

1. Planting: Choose a sunny spot that will give your tree a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. Although it will thrive in almost any kind of soil, avoid locations where the soil will remain soggy for prolonged lengths of time – choose an area with well-drained soil. When you’re ready to plant, dig a hole that’s as deep as the root ball and about three times the width. Then, place the tree, back fill the soil and water to settle the roots. Finally, spread a layer of mulch over the surrounding soil to preserve moisture.

2. Watering: During the growing season, if your tree receives at least an inch of rain every 10 days then no additional irrigation is necessary. If the season is hot and dry, then you may need to provide some additional water. The best way to water is by using a slow trickling garden hose left at the base of the tree. This will allow the water to penetrate the soil more deeply and prevent it from running off over the soil surface. Make sure the ground is fully moisturized all around the root system.

If you’re not sure when to water, simply check the soil about 2 inches down – if the soil is dry, it’s time to water.

3. Pruning: A year after planting your tree, prune your tree during winter. Shape the tree to encourage horizontal branch growth with space between branches. And prune once a year as necessary to remove weak, drooping branches.

4. Fertilizing: Fertilize in the spring and mid-summer using nitrogen fertilizer twice annually, applying 2 weeks after planting and 4 weeks after the first application. Use a complete fertilizer such as 10-10-10 – but fertilizer application ratios vary upon the formulation, so be sure to follow package directions. When applying, be sure fertilizer is 6 to 8 inches away from the trunk.

Tips: In colder climates, avoid fertilizing after mid-summer to prevent new growth that won’t harden before fall frosts.

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Compact Stella Cherry Tree

Compact Stella Cherry is a unique, self-fertile Cherry that should grow to only about 10-12 ft. in height. Compact Stella begins bearing within a year or two after planting and bears large, tasty, almost black fruit. As with all “self-fertile” stone fruits you should still plant 1 or more other types for increased pollination and fruit production.

One of our favorite fruits, everyone loves ripe Cherries. Especially sweet and delicious from your own dwarf tree. Enjoy Cherries fresh, dried, or frozen, and make delicious baked goods and juice with our Pie Cherries. We offer the best varieties for the Northwest as well as for other regions of the U.S.

Latin Name: Prunus avium
Site and Soil: Cherries like 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Rootstock Description: Colt is considered a semi-dwarf rootstock which produces trees about 80% of standard size. Colt is adapted to most soils and is hardy, vigorous, productive, and forms a well-branched tree. Sweet Cherries on Colt rootstock can grow to 12-15 ft. in height. Compact Stella, Hungarian and Pie Cherries will be smaller.
Pollination Requirements: Compact Stella is self-fertile
Hardiness: Compact Stella Cherry is hardy to minus 20°F. or below.
Bearing Age: 2 – 3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 10-12 ft. in height.
Bloom Time: Early April
Ripening Time: July
Yield: 50+ lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Bacterial Canker can damage Cherry trees. Symptoms of bacterial canker are dead branches and bronze colored exudation on branches or trunk. Apply a fall and winter copper spray to help prevent damage from this disease. To repel birds, you can cover your trees with netting or use flash tape to scare them away.
USDA Zone: 5
Sunset Western Zone: 2, 6-9,14, 15
Sunset Northeast Zone: Varies

Prunus avium ‘Compact Stella’ (Dwarf cherry ‘Compact Stella’)

Botanical name

Prunus avium ‘Compact Stella’

Other names

Dwarf cherry ‘Compact Stella’


Prunus Prunus

Variety or Cultivar

‘Compact Stella’ _ ‘Compact Stella’ is a dwarf cherry tree producing edible sweet fruit.




Rounded to broadly spreading

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Pale-pink in Spring

Dark-red in Spring; Dark-purple, Black in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Bullfinches , Caterpillars , Leaf mining moths , Plum leaf-curling aphid

Specific diseases

Bacterial canker , Blossom wilt , Silver leaf

General care


A self-fertile fruit tree.

Propagation methods

Budding, Grafting, Softwood cuttings

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Where to grow

Prunus avium ‘Compact Stella’ (Dwarf cherry ‘Compact Stella’) will reach a height of 2m and a spread of 1.5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Add to salads, Cake decoration, Conservatory, Containers


Grown in moderately fertile soil in full sun.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral


Full Sun


North, South, East, West


Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

Defra’s Risk register #1

Plant name

Prunus avium ‘Compact Stella’ (Dwarf cherry ‘Compact Stella’)

Common pest name

grape ground pearl

Scientific pest name

Margarodes vitis



Current status in UK


Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low – 5 is very high)

Impact (1 is very low – 5 is very high)

General biosecurity comments

Main pathway; Vitis spp. plants for planting; already prohibited. However; further consideration of other pathways is required.

Defra’s Risk register #2

Prunus avium ‘Compact Stella’ (Dwarf cherry ‘Compact Stella’)

Chlorotic leafroll of apricot; Chlorotic leafroll of nectarine; Chlorotic leafroll of peach; Decline of Japanese plum; Decline of peach; Dieback of apricot; European stone fruit yellows; European yellows of peach; Italian rosette of peach; Leptonecrosis of plum; MoliŠres disease of cherry; Vein clearing of peach; Vein enlargement of peach

Candidatus Phytoplasma prunorum



EU regulation appears satisfactory for UK; willing to participate in future review of EU listing.

Defra’s Risk register #3

Prunus avium ‘Compact Stella’ (Dwarf cherry ‘Compact Stella’)

Peach red-necked longhorn; Plum and peach longhorn; red-necked longhorn

Aromia bungii



A pest mainly of Prunus previously intercepted in the UK on wooden packaging imported from China. There have been longstanding outbreaks of the pest in Italy; a source of significant trade in plants for instant landscapes; and also findings in Germany. The UK will press for early EU regulation and consider UK national measures if risk increases.

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