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Blackgold® Sweet Cherry

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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 productive! Bears heavy crops of deep red, heart-shaped cherries. Resists cracking. 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


Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Late
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.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 15 - 18' tall x 15 - 18' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 15 - 18' apart to ensure room for growth.


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.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow cherry trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Closely resembles the black-heart cherry which was a childhood favorite of mine.
Robert M on Mar 9, 2020
Similar to Stella but I had problems with a Stella in the past.
Cheryl H on Jan 25, 2020
Closely resembles the black-heart cherry which was a childhood favorite of mine.
Robert M on Mar 9, 2020
Disease resistance
mark m on Feb 2, 2020
Similar to Stella but I had problems with a Stella in the past.
Cheryl H on Jan 25, 2020
My neighbor has one and I like the Fruit from it.
Charles W Coles C on Jan 6, 2020
disease resistant
Mark C on Nov 17, 2019
i am looking to add a sweet cherry tree to my small orchard
jay b on Oct 26, 2019
I like the fact that it blooms after the danger of frost is past.
Heather B on Apr 6, 2017
The self-pollinating capability of this was really attractive. We're going to add a black tartarian cherry to boost the harvest, but we're mostly growing these for our family, so even if we wind up with a more modest, organically grown yield, we'll be plenty happy.
Jeremy H on Mar 15, 2017
Dark sweet cherries, why not.
Rolf G on Mar 6, 2017
Late bloom
karen m on Feb 8, 2017
We heard this would be a good sweet eating cherry and would survive southern IN weather
Jane T on Oct 10, 2016
Cause it's a sweet cherry that will grown in Ames, IA
Bruce C on Oct 2, 2016
dark red cherry and excellent disease resistance
Vivian C on Oct 2, 2016
self pollinating and medium to large fruit
Tim T on Sep 17, 2016
it is self-pollinating which is good for a small garden and also like its fruit size & taste.
Lily T on Aug 29, 2016
Kids love it
vita b on Aug 17, 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
Disease resistance
mark m on Feb 2, 2020
My neighbor has one and I like the Fruit from it.
Charles W Coles C on Jan 6, 2020
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
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: I have one from Cornell university (zone 4) planted it 4/9/08. This is my best tasting sweet cherry of 4 varieties - been getting fruit 5 ? years. Last year (2016) had pea size fruit but got a hard late frost witch took just about everything I had. This year (2017) its loaded and we have had 3 frosts since bloom lowest was 31 deg. this took 2 of my plums I have quite a few zone 5 trees but being in Cranberry country (COLD) I expect loss, so when I get fruit what a treat! hope this helps - Ron from Wisconsin.
I just planted my cherry tree this spring and it has grown 1 very long branch from a bud. I was looking at pruning books and the image they show on how to prune the tree doesn't seem like it will apply to my tree. Can anyone help? The 1 branch is from the top most bud and has grown straight upward and it about 3 feet tall now, making the tree about 7 feet tall.
Randy M on Sep 13, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Sweet cherry trees develop a central leader from which other scaffold branches develop. When the tree is dormant, you can prune the tip of this long branch you're describing back a few inches to encourage new lateral growth (side branches) to develop during the growing season. This article may help:
How large is this tree once it matures?
MARSHA G on Sep 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: A dwarf tree will be 8-10' tall; a semi-dwarf 12-15' tall.
when I order will I be able to pick the rootstock I want? Krymsk 6 for cherry trees.
Frank W on Jan 29, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We use several different rootstocks, depending upon the desired result and what is available. For that reason, we're unable to guarantee a specific rootstock.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
What is the name of the rootstock used for Black Gold?
Chris on Jan 5, 2020
BEST ANSWER: ???We appreciate you reaching out to us. We use several different root-stocks, depending upon the desired result and what is available. For that reason, we're unable to guarantee a specific root-stock???

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us, remember that we're here for you. Have a great day!
Will black gold and Stella pollinate each other?
Alexandra S on Oct 28, 2019
BEST ANSWER: From what I understand to be correct info both varieties are self pollinators but will do better with another pollinator nearby. Black gold is a later bloom than the Stella and therefore will not really be of benefit.
Will Blackgold cherry trees work as a pollinator for Bing cherry trees?
mark k on Oct 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Mark, These two varieties are good pollinators for each other. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Best polinater for a Stella cherry?
John S on Feb 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: BlackPearl or Royalton would both be excellent choices.
I have a Montmorency Cherry. Would a BlackGold cross polinate ?
Gary G on Jul 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately not, because they have different bloom times. Stella or North Star will do the trick.
Will sour cherry and sweet cherry side by side pollinate each other?
george on Apr 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Sorry, they will not. You will need another variety of either, with a similar bloom time to pollinate. A sour cherry will only pollinate a sour cherry; sweet cherries will only pollinate sweet cherries.
Would Deer eat Blackgold?? Sweet Cherry?
Benny on Jan 31, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Deer will eat just about anything, including the leaves and bark of a cherry tree. Fencing or netting is a good idea if you want to hang onto your crop. This will keep the birds out of them: //

Customer Reviews

3.7 / 5.0
35 Reviews
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Low performance
I planted several Black Gold cherry trees with high expectations. These particular trees have been slow growing and the survival rate very low compared to the other five cherry species planted. Given the cost and poor performance I replaced them with a different species as the Black Gold trees die.
February 2, 2017
over 4 years ago
Way better then any trees I've gotten from other suppliers. Will get more of my money, well spent.
March 5, 2016
over 4 years ago
Tree looks very healthy at one year old. Bunches of blossoms and maybe some fruit this year. Very pleased.
May 7, 2016
over 5 years 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
over 5 years ago
Still growing strong
Even through two Japanese beetle attacks my cherry tree is holding its own. I have 11 other Stark Bros trees (apple, pear, peach, nectarine, plum and the cherry) and they are all doing so well. So glad I chose Stark Bros. as a first time grower! It's been so helpful and the community is great.
August 23, 2016
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
over 5 years ago
Blackgold & Starkrimson Cherries
From Glenmoore , Pa. I purchased the Blackgold, semi dwarf tree as well as the Starkrimson dwarf I purchased last year. They both arrived beautifully, healthy. The beatles started and the deer were nibbling, so I sewed long covers out of mosquito netting (Amazon) to protect them until they grew larger. Works well! These trees are growing well especially the Starkrimson. We had a mild winter and they look beautiful. It's April 25th...not sure if they will get buds or not. Sprinkled just a little fertilizer on the ground. Thank you Stark.
April 25, 2017
The tree arrived in great condition. I kept it in a pot for a year because I didn't have my planting area ready for the tree. The tree however, overwintered in a 15 gallon pot with no shelter from the elements. This included 2 nights that reached -25 degrees F. I put it in the ground about a month ago and it's doing great.
May 7, 2017
over 4 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
over 5 years 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
over 4 years ago