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PlantFiles: Sour Cherry, Pie Cherry
Prunus cerasus 'Northstar'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Prunus (PROO-nus) (Info)
Species: cerasus (KER-uh-sus) (Info)
Cultivar: Northstar
Additional cultivar information: (aka North Star)

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)
over 40 ft. (12 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Good Fall Color

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us


1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Cybrczch On Jun 11, 2006, Cybrczch from Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b) wrote:

We planted this tree at my mom's house in the late 70s to replace a Montmorency cherry tree that produced one year, then died. Despite being labeled as a 'semi-dwarf' tree it got fairly large, but not quite as tall as other pie cherry trees (but the spread was pretty good).
The cherries are smaller than Montmorency, but the pit isn't, so the overall yield per cherry is less. But our tree more than made up for it in quantity. And it never took a year off, we always had plenty of cherries, up until 2003. In 2003, we lost a large branch in a storm, and in 2004 we lost 2 more large branches thanks to the Hallam tornado. But the tree is surviving, and this year we're going to get a fair crop on the remaining branches.
When the cherries start ripening, they'll get red, and the juice is a light red (not clear like Montmorency). They're not ready yet - in a couple more days, they'll turn deep wine red, and the juice will look like burgundy. THEN they're ready for picking. Makes wonderful pies and kolaces.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Canyon Country, California
Denver, Colorado
Saint Charles, Missouri
Wilber, Nebraska
Rumford, Rhode Island
Layton, Utah
New London, Wisconsin

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