Answer: 'Stella? is not a good variety for your region because it has a high winter chill requirement (700 hours). Although its chill requirement is high, gardeners in colder pockets of Orange, San Diego and Riverside counties report good production from this variety. Described as self-fruitful, I find that ?Stella? does better with a cross pollinator such as ?Black Tartarian?. The fruit is tasty and dark-burgundy. ?Stella? remains a question mark in your garden. I think I would give it one more year to establish and fruit. If it doesn't, you might want to replace it with Royal Lee (Est. chill 400 to 500 hours).
ROYAL LEE CHERRY is a medium-large red cherry; heart shaped, very firm
with excellent flavor; tree is very productive with a low chill requirement; best pollinated by Minnie Royal (Est. Chill 400 to 500 hours.)
Or you could just enjoy your Black Tartarian.
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