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Blackgold® Sweet Cherry

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Description

Beautiful, glossy and sweet. This unique hybrid cross between Stark® Gold™ and Stella resulted in a hearty tree with all the great traits of its parents — late-blooming to avoid spring frosts, hardy fruit buds, and crack-resistant fruit. Bears heavy crops of deep red, heart-shaped cherries. Disease-resistant to brown rot and black knot. Developed in Geneva, New York, introduced circa 2001. Ripens in mid June. Self-pollinating. May be covered by U.S.P.P. #17301 or other patents. Ridgewood cultivar.

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Mid June
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Excellent, Sweet
Texture Juicy, Firm
Years to Bear 4 - 7
Zone Range 5 - 7

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 7
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
I planted them at my previous home and loved them! When I moved, I didn't remember what they were called or where I got them. Finally I found an old email receipt and am ordering them to plant at my now new home.
Hoping for good luck again with these beautiful cherries.
Anne H on Jun 4, 2016
This cherry and the Stella sweet sound like the best varieties for our climate
Keith D on May 18, 2016
I planted them at my previous home and loved them! When I moved, I didn't remember what they were called or where I got them. Finally I found an old email receipt and am ordering them to plant at my now new home.
Hoping for good luck again with these beautiful cherries.
Anne H on Jun 4, 2016
space requirements allow to plant 1 tree, so I chose a sweet, self polinating tree
Tim R on May 23, 2016
This cherry and the Stella sweet sound like the best varieties for our climate
Keith D on May 18, 2016
We love cherries, and they are so expensive in the store! This tree has been growing for two years and is thriving. We have moved, and will be transplanting the tree this fall to our new home in its orchard with two more Stark cherry trees which I've just ordered. Stark nursery stock has always done well for us.
Bright D on May 16, 2016
looks beautiful, hardy for nyc doesn't grow too big
john k on Apr 16, 2016
Late blooming to avoid spring frosts
LINDA R on Apr 7, 2016
fits our planting zip code and is a heavy producer
Corinth T on Apr 6, 2016
my son wanted a cherry tree
mark l on Apr 5, 2016
I bought this kind before , it bear fruit the 2nd year we planted , we were thrilled , it had the best tasting flavor . At the time we didn't know how to take care of it properly , it died on us , so now we wanted to try again , this time with more experience .
Gina C on Apr 4, 2016
Disease resistant and has a later bloom.
Karin P on Mar 9, 2016
This was a gift to my Sister in Tennessee. I chose it after reading comments on gardening forums about what sweet cherries do well in Tennessee. The forums said this tree is very disease resistant and does well in this area, as does the Whitegold Sweet Cherry.
Jessica C on Feb 29, 2016
space requirements allow to plant 1 tree, so I chose a sweet, self polinating tree
Tim R on May 23, 2016
We love cherries, and they are so expensive in the store! This tree has been growing for two years and is thriving. We have moved, and will be transplanting the tree this fall to our new home in its orchard with two more Stark cherry trees which I've just ordered. Stark nursery stock has always done well for us.
Bright D on May 16, 2016
Is the rootstock compatible with zone 4? Some say this is a zone 4 variety but maybe only with certain rootstocks?
Lindy F on Apr 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Krymsk and Mahaleb rootstocks are used with this variety, and they are both reported to be winter hardy (as cherry rootstocks go). Zone 4 may be pushing it, so I'd still recommend the tree – as a whole – for zones 5 to 7.
what is a good pollinator for Black gold Sweet Cherry?
Jewel t on Feb 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You don't need another variety for pollination with this variety. You would get fruit with only one plant. If you like to discuss pollination options further please call our Customer Support Department at 800.325.4180

Customer Reviews

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Way better then any trees I've gotten from other suppliers. Will get more of my money, well spent.
March 5, 2016
Purchased
8 months ago
Was not successful in East Tennessee
My Blackgold sweet cherry died back to the root stock by the end of its first summer. Granted, it was an exceptionally hot and dry summer, so that may have played into the early demise of this tree. It did receive supplemental water, but apparently it just wasnt enough to save it.

I have heard terrible things about trying to grow sweet cherries in Tennessee, and Blackgold seemed a possible contender, but mine didnt even make it out of round one. I am not sure if I will try again or just try a sour cherry next.

I gave the tree a decent rating despite its early death, because I am unwilling to blame the tree or the company. It was a nice healthy looking little whip when I got it. I think it was just too challenging an environment for it.
May 8, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
too soon to tell
Planted small tree last spring, leafed out this spring, it isn't likely to bloom this year but the tree looks strong and healthy.
May 4, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Blackgold Sweet Cherry
unfortunately I never got to enjoy any cherries from this tree. It was lost in the floods. I kept it in the ground, hoping that it would try to recover but to no avail. looking forward to other harvests this summer. Apples, peaches and pears all promise a good harvest .I must say that I have been completely satisfied eith your products.Yours are the only fruit trees I will plant. Thank you for the great products. Sincerely Michael D Nemeth
May 4, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
optimistic
Tree looks very healthy at one year old. Bunches of blossoms and maybe some fruit this year. Very pleased.
May 7, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Blackgold
Came in good shape and grew quickly. Wintered well in zone 5. Don't know how long before I will see some fruit.
May 11, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Black Gold Sweet Cherry Trees
Received my 2 trees last Spring in great shape. One of them is growing and looking very healthy while the other died during the summer. Not sure exactly what happened. I am looking forward to eating cherries someday but know I must wait a few years. I have received great service from Stark's.
May 17, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Little branch with roots when it arrived, but very healthy and growing vibrantly 1 year on
Little branch with roots when it arrived, but very healthy and growing vibrantly 1 year on. Looking forward to fruit in a year or two.
May 22, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Good
Arrived in good condition last year, she has new leaves this Spring and one small cluster of blossoms - we shall see if they turn into fruit
May 12, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Order extra
The products (we ordered 2) arrived promptly and seemed in good shape. They were very small. One never grew and quickly died but the other one took hold and is looking very good with good leaf growth for this year.
May 23, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago