StardustTM Cherry trees

Stardust cherry tree

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.

StardustTM is a trademarked variety.

Stardust cherry trees for sale

Order now for delivery in September (pot-grown) or December (bare-root).

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Pot-grown fruit trees

Medium  (2.5m - 3m after 5-10 years) 2-year - 12l pot - Gisela 5 rootstock £34.95

Delivery period: Pot-grown trees can be delivered from September onwards. Bare-root trees can be delivered from mid-November onwards. Within those periods you can specify your preferred month of delivery during the checkout process. It is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. See photos of trees as supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

Summary features of Stardust

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 4?
  • Pollinating others: Good?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
  • Fruit persistence: Ripens over a period?
  • Flowering season: Late
  • Fruit splitting: Some resistance?

Uses

Identification

  • Country of origin: Canada
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colour: Orange flush
  • Blossom colour: White

Climate

  • Frost resistance: Some resistance?
  • Warm climates?
  • Temperate climates
  • Planting position: Full sun preferred

Pollination guide for Stardust

Stardust is in flowering group 4. Stardust is self-fertile and does not need a pollination partner, although fruiting may be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow Stardust cherry trees

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.

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.

StardustTM is a trademarked variety.

Botanical name

Prunus avium 'Stardust'


UK-grown trees All our trees are grown in the UK.