Re: Stella Cherry pruning
Good question; the ‘survey steaks’ are considered “spreader-sticks.” You cut a notch (I actually wrap a piece of old T-shirt around the notch as not to scrape the bark) …in one end, push it away from the center outward, bend over an opposing limb, measure, mark and cut an equivalent notch in it (wrapped as well) and spread the two limbs apart equally. With the four limbs you’d at least use two sticks. I’ve used more if necessary (also a perfectionist) to ‘push them around’ to the perfect angles.
Other than tying them off to posts of some kind …I wouldn’t hang weights from the limbs; too easy to split them off. Cherries, to me, seem too brittle for that. Again – you don’t want to lose any of those excellent limbs.
After you spread the limbs, look for a bud facing down, it may only help a little when ‘directing’ new growth, not too big a deal. It is the way you prune, or head back fruit trees in general.
My only question was if you’ve got a pollinator …but that’s why you’ve got a Stella