Cherry Stella

Cherry Stella


Description: The Cherry 'Stella' produces large, heart-shaped cherries with dark red to almost black skin when fully ripe. The flesh is firm, juicy, and sweet with a rich flavor, making it excellent for fresh eating. 'Stella' cherries are self-fertile, meaning they do not require a pollinator tree to set fruit, although cross-pollination may increase yield. The tree has an attractive growth habit with glossy green leaves that turn yellow in the fall, providing ornamental interest in the landscape.

Size: 'Stella' cherry trees are typically medium-sized, reaching heights of about 12 to 15 feet (3.7 to 4.5 meters) at maturity, with a similar spread. However, the size of individual trees can vary depending on factors such as growing conditions, rootstock, and pruning practices. 'Stella' cherry trees have a spreading growth habit with a rounded canopy, and they may require some pruning to maintain their shape and size.

Growing Zones: The Cherry 'Stella' is hardy in USDA plant hardiness zones 5 through 8. These zones encompass a range of temperate climates with cold winters and warm, sunny summers. 'Stella' cherries perform best in areas with well-drained soil and full sun exposure. They are particularly well-suited to regions with long, hot growing seasons, as they require ample sunlight and warmth to ripen properly.

Soil and Sun Requirements: 'Stella' cherries prefer well-drained, fertile soil with good moisture retention. They require full sun exposure to ensure optimal growth and fruit production. Adequate air circulation around the tree is important for minimizing the risk of fungal diseases such as cherry leaf spot and brown rot. 'Stella' cherries can tolerate a range of soil types, including loamy, sandy, or clay soils, as long as they are well-drained.

Pollination: While 'Stella' cherry trees are self-fertile, meaning they can set fruit with their own pollen, they may benefit from cross-pollination with another compatible cherry variety to increase fruit set and yield. Planting another cherry variety nearby can help ensure successful pollination and maximize fruit production.

Pruning and Maintenance: Proper pruning is essential for maintaining the health, shape, and productivity of 'Stella' cherry trees. Pruning should be done in late winter or early spring while the tree is still dormant. This helps remove old, diseased, or crossing branches and encourages the growth of new, fruit-bearing shoots. Regular irrigation, especially during dry periods and when fruit is developing, is also important for optimal tree health and fruit quality.

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