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Sour Cherry, Pie Cherry 'Northstar'

Prunus cerasus

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)


Edible Fruits and Nuts


Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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

Canyon Country, California

Denver, Colorado

Belleville, Illinois

Saint Charles, Missouri

Wilber, Nebraska

Rumford, Rhode Island

Layton, Utah

New London, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


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 jui... read more