StardustTM cherry trees

Prunus avium 'Stardust'

  • Picking season: Mid
  • 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

Mature height*
1-year Stardust cherry trees bare-root
Large (10ft-16ft) mature height
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How to grow

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.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Historical details

Stardust was developed at the famous Summerland research station in British Columbia, and released in 2002. It is distantly related to Stella, which was the first self-fertile cherry.

Stardust characteristics


  • Picking season: Mid
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Cropping: Good
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-3 days
  • Fruit persistence: Ripens over a period


  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 4
  • Pollinating others: Good
  • Vigour: Average vigour


  • Frost resistance of blossom: Some resistance


  • Country of origin: Canada
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit color: Orange / Red
  • Fruit size: Large
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