- Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)
- Mature Height 6 - 9 Feet
- Mature Spread 8 - 10 Feet
- Growing Zones 4 - 8
Nothing rings in the start of warmer weather and the arrival of spring like the bright white blossoms of cherry trees. The North Star Cherry Tree (Prunus X 'North Star') is one such spring bloomer with a twist: the large, bright red cherries it produces in the late spring are juicy, tart, and perfect for jams and pies. This dwarf tree reaches 6-9 feet tall and 8-10 feet wide, making it a manageable size for both ornamental uses and for harvesting its high yield of spring fruits.
Other benefits of the North Star Cherry Tree include disease resistance and self-pollination, making it an easier fruit tree to grow. Considered one of the hardiest cherry trees, the North Star can produce cherries in its first year and may provide up to 30 quarts of cherries at maturity. This tree grows with smooth gray bark and deep green leaves, producing clusters of dainty white blooms in the spring.
North Star Cherry Tree Care
To plant the North Star Cherry Tree, dig a hole that is at least twice the width and as deep as the root ball. The North Star grows best in moist, well-draining soil and in a spot with full sun. Cherry trees are not tolerant of soggy soil, so amend the soil during planting as needed. Apply a slow-release fertilizer that is higher in phosphorus in the spring to aid in flower and fruit production. Water the North Star regularly and deeply, especially in its first year. Allow the top inch or so to dry out in between waterings.
Being a dwarf variety, the North Star Cherry Tree is relatively low maintenance compared to other ornamental cherry trees. While thinning the fruit on this cherry tree is not necessary, it may benefit from pruning in late winter to encourage new growth on fruiting wood. Avoid pruning in the summer and fall, as new growth can be easily damaged by the cold.
North Star Cherry Tree Spacing
Plant the North Star Cherry Tree at least 8-10 feet away from other trees, allowing it plenty of room and sunlight to grow. It is a good idea to keep trees farther away from structures to prevent the roots from damaging them. It is not recommended to grow this plant in a container.
North Star Cherry Tree Information
|USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 - 8|
|Plant Type: Edible Plants|
|Light Exposure: Full Sun (At Least 6 Hours Of Direct Sunlight)|
|Mature Height: 6 - 9 Feet|
|Mature Spread: 8 - 10 Feet|
|Spacing: 8 - 10 Feet|
|Flower Color(s): Red|
|Foliage Type: Deciduous|
|Foliage Color(s): Green|
|Seasonal Interest: Spring Flowering, Summer Flowering|
|Attracts: Birds, Butterflies|
|Uses: Borders, Wildlife Gardens|
|Features: Attracts Pollinators, Low Maintenance|
|Common Name: North Star Cherry Tree|
|Other Name(s): North Star Cherry|
|Scientific Name: Prunus cerasus 'North Star'|
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