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StardustTM cherry tree

Prunus avium 'Stardust'

  • Picking season: Early
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Fruit color: Orange / Red

Stardust is unique - a new white-fleshed cherry which is also self-fertile!

White-fleshed or "blush" cherries are rarely available in the shops because they bruise more easily than the dark-fleshed varieties.

Cherry enthusiasts often prefer white-fleshed cherries for their rich flavor, but almost all cherries released in the last century have been dark-fleshed varieties. The traditional white-fleshed cherry varieties are not self-fertile, and often have complicated pollination requirements, making them unsuitable for gardens and small orchards where space is limited. Stardust is however a fully self-fertile white cherry, that can be planted without the need for another pollenizer tree.

Stardust cherries are a medium size, orange-flushed, with a distinctive firm creamy-white flesh. They are fairly easy to grow, have an excellent flavor, and make an interesting addition to the home orchard.

Stardust cherry trees for sale

  • Medium 1-year bare-root tree $29.00
    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
    Semi-dwarf rootstock

How to grow

Stardust is unique - a new white-fleshed cherry which is also self-fertile!

White-fleshed or "blush" cherries are rarely available in the shops because they bruise more easily than the dark-fleshed varieties.

Cherry enthusiasts often prefer white-fleshed cherries for their rich flavour, but almost all cherries released in the last century have been dark-fleshed varieties. The traditional white-fleshed cherry varieties are not self-fertile, and often have complicated pollination requirements, making them unsuitable for gardens and small orchards where space is limited. Stardust is however a fully self-fertile white cherry, that can be planted without the need for another pollenizer tree.

Stardust cherries are a medium size, orange-flushed, with a distinctive firm creamy-white flesh. They are fairly easy to grow, have an excellent flavour, and make an interesting addition to the home orchard.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Historical details

Stardust flowers a bit later that most cherries, and is a good pollinator of other late-flowering cherries. It has some resistance to fruit-cracking, although as with all dessert cherries, heavy rainfall at harvest time can induce splitting.

Stardust cherries tend to ripen over the course of several days, rather than all at once. This is an ideal quality for the gardener, because it means ripe cherries are available to be eaten fresh from the tree over an extended period.

Stardust characteristics

  • Picking seasonEarly
  • UsesEating fresh
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-3 days
  • Fruit persistenceRipens over a period
  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Pollination group4
  • Pollinating othersGood
  • VigourAverage vigour
  • PrecocityPrecocious
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesWarm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Frost resistance of blossomSome resistance
  • Country of originCanada
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colorOrange / Red
  • Fruit sizeLarge