40 - North Star Cherry
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Basic Information about this tree

Donation by St. Croix River Valley Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, April 2024 

  • Scientific Name: Prunus
  • Common Name: North Star Cherry
  • Deciduous
  • Branch Structure: 
  • Bark: The bark is smooth and brownish gray in color with white lenticels.
    Leaf Description: Leaves are in an opposite arrangement and are dark green in the summer.
  • Sunlight / Moisture / Soil preference: Grows best in moist, well-drained soil that is in full sun. It has a very low tolerance for wet soils. Best sited in a sheltered location where periodic chemical spraying will not pose problems to adjacent areas.
  • Flowering type: Each flower has male and female parts. The flowers are white and bloom in the spring. It produces one crop per year of large bright red cherries. The sour cherries are ready for harvest in June.
  • Pollination strategy: Self-pollinating
  • Introduced by University of Minnesota 
  • Age Estimate/ Health: Planted 2024 – about 5 years old at that time.  Healthy.
  • Longevity: Up to 
  • Mature Size: 7 to 9 feet tall; 8-10 feet wide
  • GPS Coordinates N45.00224 W92.9044 

Mature Tree in Winter/ Summer

40 NorthStar Cherry winter

Leaves in Summer / Fall

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Flowers - Female & Male

40 NorthStar Cherry flowers
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Fruit of North Star Cherry


Bark of Mature Tree / root system sketch

40 NorthStar Cherry bark

Uses in Traditional and Modern Eras

Value for wildlife: Birds will be attracted to the fruits. Also attracts butterflies.

Value for Humans : The ‘North Star’ makes for a great fruit crop tree. This self-pollinating dwarf cherry is ideal for smaller spaces.

Homeowners’ Corner: This cultivar is reportedly disease resistant. Possible diseases include brown rot, powdery mildew, black knot, leaf spot, and bacterial cankers. Aphids, fruit flies, sawflies, and scales can be a problem.


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