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Black Tartarian Sweet Cherry Tree

(110 customer reviews)


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Pollinator required to bear fruit

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Pollinator required to bear fruit

A popular and reliable producer of sweet, dark cherries! 

Brought to the United States from Russia in the 1700’s, this heirloom cherry is a popular choice for good reason! The Black Tartarian Sweet Cherry tree blooms prolifically to yield large crops of cherry-red to purplish-black, heart-shaped fruit.  

The sweet, rich flavor of these cherries are perfect for fresh-eating and juicing. This robust tree has such reliable blooms, that it makes for an excellent pollinating partner for any sweet cherry. Black Tartarian is hardy and disease-resistant, making it easy to grow! 


Bloom ColorWhite
Bloom TimeEarly
Fruit ColorRed
Fruit SizeMedium – Large
Soil CompositionLoamy
Soil pH Level6-7
Soil MoistureWell Drained-Average Moistness
Shade LevelFull Sun
Years to Bear4-7
Hardiness Zone Range5-8

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

Semi-Dwarf  4.5 – 5.5 m tall x 4.5 – 5.5 m wide (15 – 18′ tall x 15 – 18′ wide)
Dwarf  2.5 – 3 m tall x 2.5 – 4 m wide (8 – 14′ tall x 8 – 14′ wide)

Recommended Spacing

Semi-Dwarf 5.5 – 4.5 m (15 – 18′)
Dwarf 2.5 – 4 m (8 – 14′)

Ship Height

Supreme, Semi-dwarf Bare-root Ships 1 – 1.5 m tall (4 – 5′ tall) and/or with a 15.5 mm (5/8″) trunk.
Dwarf Supreme, Bare-root Ships 1 – 1.5 m tall (4 – 5′ tall) and/or with a 15.5 mm (5/8″) trunk.


This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant a different variety within 15 meters (50 feet) for best pollination.

Recommended Pollinator: Van Sweet, Stella Sweet, Lapins, Bing, Napoleon Royal Ann

How do I find my Hardiness Zone?

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110 reviews for Black Tartarian Sweet Cherry Tree

  1. Dewain Mcdonald

    It died. I like Stark products but would be hard pressed to recommend their products, because the cherry tree died. Will not order another one.

  2. Gary Meeker

    Unfortunately this tree did not survive. The plum tree I ordered at the same time is growing fine, but the cherry tree was smaller and doa.

  3. Duane Osterloh

    My Black Tartarian got a couple of small leaves they died and it died

  4. Richard Karasiewicz

    After planting this standard size Black Tartarian cherry tree from Stark Brother’s Nursery last June (2016), this tree has been nothing short of a marvel. In fact, even after easily weathering the cold Michigan winter, the tree has now grown to about 5’4″ tall, and has also branched out with plenty of healthy green leaves. If you’re looking for a superb standard size Black Tartarian cherry tree, Stark Brother’s Nursery will be your source. Be sure to spray this tree regularly with Stark Brother’s Bonide Orchard Spray Concentrate so as to ward off the harmful insects. In addition, the spray will help deter fungus growth as well. Don’t wait! Order one now!

  5. Michelle Kitchen

    I bought 2 cherry,2 apple trees a year ago,they are growing like champst.will be harvesting Fuji apples already..very healthy trees.i am very pleased.thank you,I live in houston.i can’t wait to prove friends you can grow cherry trees in texas

  6. Clint Pack

    All the trees I ordered died after a month. Even with watering, the heat was to much for them.

  7. Stephanie Rostollan

    We planted 2 different types of sweet cherry trees and both died. Not sure what we did wrong.

  8. Scott Foster

    I’m working on a fruit forest/permaculture so I don’t spray anything. The eco-system isn’t up and running yet so I don’t have pray and predator in balance. This tree gets aphids. I was looking at the tree last week and noticed ants milking some aphids.

  9. Anna Dittman

    it died… whatelse can I say??

  10. Virginia Seymore

    the tree didn’t make it . looked ok when i received it. but started seeping this sticky sap stuff . and died .

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