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Stella cherry

Heart-shaped. Fairly firm, good flavour, juicy, good quality. Stone small. Self-fertile.

Stella cherry identification images

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USDA identification images for Stella

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.

    Parents and other ancestors of this variety

    Offspring of this variety

    Visitor reviews

    • 21 May 2023 
      Heavy white blossoms in spring. Tasty fruit if you can keep the birds away. Healthy, vigorous growth, lots of seedlings to manage.
    • 06 Jun 2017  MT, United States
      No I have not eaten one yet. I planted one three years ago and it has some fruit on it this year. It has been doing very well. I will let you know when I have tried a few.

    Tree register

    United States

    United Kingdom




    New Zealand

    Spring blossom records for this variety

    2022 season

    • 20th April  2022  - tree owned by James in Glynn, Ireland

    2020 season

    • 16th April  2020  - tree owned by James in Glynn, Ireland

    2013 season

    • 2nd May  2013  - tree owned by Albany in Castleton, United States

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    Harvest records for this variety

    2013 season

    • 3rd week June  2013  - tree owned by Gary in Chesaning, United States


    • Species: Prunus avium - Sweet cherry
    • Parentage: Lambert x self-fertile seedling of Emperor Francis x Napoleon
    • Originates from: Summerland Research Station, BC, Canada
    • Developed by: Dr Charles Lapins
    • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 1987-131


    • Awards: RHS AGM (current)
    • Country of origin: Canada
    • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
    • Fruit colour: Red - dark
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Popularity: Best sellers
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous


    • Picking season: Mid
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1-3 days
    • Flavour quality: Good
    • Cropping: Heavy
    • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


    • Gardening skill: Beginner
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Pollinating others: Good
    • Vigour: Vigorous
    • Precocity: Precocious
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
    • Cherry universal pollinator: Yes


    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
    • Cold hardiness (RHS): H6 (to -20C)

    Other qualities

    • Brown rot: Some susceptibility
    • Fruit splitting: Some susceptibility

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    The following orchards grow Stella:

    United States


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