In the spring, the Stella Sweet Cherry tree has a showy display of soft white blossoms that give way to deep red, heart-shaped cherries for a summer harvest. It grows quickly in a variety of conditions and enjoys mild summers.
Expect large harvests from this fast-growing tree. The dark cherries are crack-resistant and are often used for canning, freezing, and especially for fresh eating.
The Stella Cherry tree was developed at the Summerland Research Station in Summerland, British Columbia. The introduction of ‘Stella’ in 1968 was significant, as it was the first self-fertile sweet cherry cultivar with good fruit quality. This cherry tree has shown moderate disease resistance as well.