Stella cherry trees

  • Best seller
  • Pick: Mid-season (late July)
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Self-fertile
  • Uses: Eat fresh 
  • Pollination partners
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Stella is an excellent self-fertile cherry variety, easy to grow and productive. The large dark red cherries are very juicy and sweet, with a typical cherry flavour.

If your only experience of cherries is from a market stall or supermarket then you will be very pleasantly surprised with the flavour of fresh Stella cherries straight from your own tree.

Stella was the first of the modern self-fertile cherries, introduced from Canada in the 1970s. Until that time growing cherries at home meant planting at least two different varieties and dealing with the complexities of cherry cross-pollination. Being both self-fertile and having such a good flavour, Stella rapidly established itself as the ideal garden cherry tree, since it could be grown on its own. Although there are now other self-fertile cherry varieties, if you only intend to grow one cherry tree, Stella is still one of the best choices.

As well as being self-fertile, it is also a good pollinator for other cherries including the traditional English cherries (most of which are not self-fertile). It is therefore a very good starting point if you think you may add further cherry trees to your garden or orchard in the future.

Stella cherry trees for sale

Delivery from 16th April (when showing as in stock)

Mature size*Supplied asPriceQuantity

Pot-grown fruit trees

Medium  (2.5m - 3m after 5-10 years)2-year patio-tree - 11.5l pot - Gisela 5 rootstock £35.45Sold outalert me
Large  (3.5m - 4.5m after 5-10 years)2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - Colt rootstock £35.45Sold outalert me
Large  (3.5m - 4.5m after 5-10 years)Half-standard premium - 12l pot - Colt rootstock £38.45Sold outalert me

Bare-root fruit trees

Medium  (2.5m - 3m after 5-10 years)1-year - bare-root - Gisela 5 rootstock £19.45Sold outalert me
Large  (3.5m - 4.5m after 5-10 years)1-year - bare-root - Colt rootstock £19.45Sold outalert me
Large  (3.5m - 4.5m after 5-10 years)2-year bush-trained - bare-root - Colt rootstock £28.45Sold outalert me
Large  (3.5m - 4.5m after 5-10 years)Half-standard - bare-root - Colt rootstock £30.95Sold outalert me

Trained fruit trees - pot-grown

Large  (3.5m - 4.5m after 5-10 years)Fan -12l pot - Colt rootstock £56.95Enquire

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.

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Summary features of Stella


  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners?
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fertility: Self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 4?
  • Pollinating others: Good?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Large?
  • Precocity: Precocious?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Blossom wilt / Brown rot: Some susceptibility?
  • Fruit splitting: Some susceptibility?



  • Country of origin: Canada
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colour: Red - dark
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Best sellers?


Pollination guide for Stella

Stella is in flowering group 4. Stella 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 Stella cherry trees

Stella is self-fertile, reliable, and a good choice if you are new to growing dessert cherries. It does best in areas with mild spring weather.

One of the disadvantages of self-fertile cherries is they tend to over-crop, and whilst this might seem like a good thing, it leads to smaller fruits with less concentrated flavour. It is therefore a good idea to thin the fruitlets just after the blossom has finished.

Historical details

Stella was developed by the Summerland research station in British Columbia, Canada, and released in 1968. Its parentage included a self-fertile cherry seedling raised by researchers at the John Innes Institute in the UK, derived from two traditional varieties, Emperor Francis and Napoleon.

Stella was the first widely-available self-fertile cherry, and by chance was introduced at around the same time as the first dwarfing cherry rootstock - Colt. This combination revolutionised cherry-growing, because it meant for the first time it was possible to grow cherries in an average garden - thanks to Stella's self-fertility only one tree was needed, and the Colt rootstock kept the height manageable.

Many modern self-fertile cherry varieties trace their parentage to Stella.

Botanical name

Prunus avium 'Stella'

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

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