Can it be a problem to plant a cherry tree (stella) only 12 feet from another non fruit tree?


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I have read that sweet cherry trees need around 30 feet spacing. I am not sure if that spacing is between fruit tree only or any tree. I have planted a grafted stella cherry tree about 12 feet from a non fruit tree but I am having second thoughts whether i have made a mistake by planting it too close?
 
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The only possible problem would be from the "nonfruit" tree shading out the Stella. This would be a particular problem if the non-fruit was a big shade tree to the south of the cherry.

You'll be fine.

I planted my Stella Cherry about 8' from a pear tree and 8' from a peach tree - they were all the same size when planted last year. This year I put in another cherry, pear, peach row a staggered 8 feet off last years row.

The commercial orchards around here are planting 6 to 8 feet apart inside the rows.
 
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A lot would depend on the other trees, the root mass of those trees and their need for water and soil conditions . A Willow tree has a massive root spread and an increadible demand for water , not so good for near by plants . On the other hand there are trees that need very little water .
Generally spacing is an ideal situation recommendation . My soil is gravely and i have to space plants further apart , where some one with a more dense and absorbant soil may be able to plant some crops closer than recommend
 

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