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North Star cherry

North Star
A morello-type tart cherry developed specifically for growing in the colder zones of North America.

North Star cherry identification images

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USDA identification images for North Star

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

    Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

    Visitor reviews

    • 30 Dec 2014  COLORADO, United States
      This tree does indeed survive the cold winter temperatures of Colorado's Front Range (Denver area), and blooms late to avoid spring frosts. I've had 2 of these trees; one was not long-lived. The flavor is not the best of the tart cherries. I always blended them with better tasting tart cherries. I will say the local robins and squirrels LOVE these cherries. Grow these if other cherries won't survive in your area, or if you need a robin deterrent for your other cherry trees.

    Tree register

    United States

    Spring blossom records for this variety

    2019 season

    • 20th May  2019  - tree owned by Wynne in River Falls, United States

    2014 season

    • 2nd May  2014  - tree owned by Mike in , United States

    2013 season

    • 11th April  2013  - tree owned by Mike in , United States

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    • Species: Prunus cerasus - Sour cherry
    • Parentage: Related to the English Morello cherry
    • Originates from: United States
    • Introduced: 1950s
    • Developed by: University of Minnesota


    • Country of origin: United States
    • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
    • Fruit colour: Red
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous


    • Picking season: Early
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1-3 days
    • Flavour quality: Good
    • Flavour style (apples): Sharper
    • Cropping: Good
    • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening
    • Food uses: Culinary
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


    • Gardening skill: Average
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Pollinating others: Average
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Vigour: Weak growing
    • Bearing regularity: Regular


    • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)

    Other qualities

    • Disease resistance: Good
    • Canker: Some resistance
    • Leaf spot: Some resistance

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