Stardust is 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.
Stardust cherries are a medium to large size, orange-flushed, with a firm creamy-white flesh and an excellent flavour.
Stardust is a mid / late-season variety so the cherries are usually ripe in July in the UK, arriving about a week after Bing, Regina, and Skeena. They 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.
Overall Stardust makes a great addition to the home orchard.
StardustTM is a trademarked variety.
Delivery from week commmencing 21st October 2019 (or late November/December for bare-root).
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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.
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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.
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.
To get the best fruit size it may be necessary to thin the fruitlets just after the blossom finishes.
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.
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 self-fertile white cherry, that can be planted without the need for another pollenizer tree.
All our trees are grown in the UK.