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Stark® Gold™ Sweet Cherry

Available Spring 2017

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Description

A Stark Bro's Exclusive!

Vigorous and bird-resistant. Nothing fazes this tree. Withstands temperature drops, even a record low of -30ºF. Bright golden fruit is less interesting to birds than red fruit, which means more for you to harvest! The sweet and tangy flavor will make these cherries a favorite snack in your home. Cold-hardy. Originates from Rulo, Nebraska; introduced by Stark Bro’s in 1942. Ripens in mid June. Best pollinators: any other sweet cherry variety.

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Small
Pollination Pollinator Needed
Ripens/Harvest Mid June
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained - Average Moistness
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Tangy
Texture 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 requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Our experts recommend planting one of the following within 50' for optimum pollination.

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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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Its a good pollinator for my other cherry tree, they are yellow which is unique and being yellow are not suppose to attract the birds so much. Thought they would add color to the yard and give us a special treat when they ripen.
SHANNON M on Nov 3, 2016
I need a pollinated for my other sweet cherry trees and the yellow color appeals to me. I also love that it's more bird resistant than other cherries.
Valerie R on May 27, 2016
Its a good pollinator for my other cherry tree, they are yellow which is unique and being yellow are not suppose to attract the birds so much. Thought they would add color to the yard and give us a special treat when they ripen.
SHANNON M on Nov 3, 2016
Less attractive to the birds.
Guy F on Aug 19, 2016
I need a pollinated for my other sweet cherry trees and the yellow color appeals to me. I also love that it's more bird resistant than other cherries.
Valerie R on May 27, 2016
Very hardy resistant to birds and good shade!! had to cut my previous yellow cherry down due to utility line interference purchased from Starks over 25 years ago!!
Igor C on May 27, 2016
Want it to complete asthetics orchard
John S on May 14, 2016
Won't have to put a bird net over it when cherries are ripe.
Rick R on May 14, 2016
Bird resistant? Most of my current cherries are eaten by birds.
Wesley C on Apr 11, 2016
Back in the early 70s I used to sell your fruit trees from home and knew you had the great stock ,my friend had a couple of trees in his back yard and fell in love with the fruit .I looked all over for these trees .
Rudolph R on Apr 5, 2016
I am hoping that the level of salicylates is lower in these cherries. I won't know until I try them, and I have never seen these in the store. I have another cherry tree that should pollinate these that if the birds leave any cherries, I will sell the fruit.
Donna S on Apr 3, 2016
Very sweet and tasty, less attractive to the birds.
David P on Mar 22, 2016
Supposedly bird resistent
Geoffrey C on Mar 15, 2016
Have two reds, want one the birds won't bother too much
JIM B on Mar 12, 2016
These look so cool! It will be a great addition to our 7 other cherry trees.
T G on Feb 18, 2016
Less attractive to the birds.
Guy F on Aug 19, 2016
Very hardy resistant to birds and good shade!! had to cut my previous yellow cherry down due to utility line interference purchased from Starks over 25 years ago!!
Igor C on May 27, 2016
If this is cold hardy to -30 why would it not be OK for zone 4b?
Jack S on Feb 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: While the tree may survive extreme temperatures on occasion, the overall climate of colder zones is not ideal in the long term, for fruit production. For your growing success, is best to choose varieties that are optimally suited to your zone.

Customer Reviews

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Great form, fast maturing, no bird problems.
My Stark Gold Sweet Cherry tree is about 3 years old since planting. After the first year it produced a few cherries; enough to get a taste. The second year it made a few handfuls. I'm looking forward to this year as it has really grown and matured. Should be at least a basket full. I have not had any problems with this tree variety such as rotting branches like I have had with some other types. The cherry is fully gold, no striping or red color, and the birds didn't bite any of them, though I did get a few fly holes in them. I don't spray at all to prevent bug bites though.
March 19, 2016
45 wears of being a customer
I had one of these for years and it just died of old age. Very happy with all the many trees and plants I have purchased and would buy only Stark again.
March 11, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Healthy tree and growing strong.
Bought this same tree from Starks thirty years ago. Love it. The birds don't bother it like the red cherries. It is getting old, so wanted a new one to replace it. The new one planted last year is growing and looking wonderful. Got a few blooms this year.
May 6, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Very healthy
Tree arrived in great shape and very healthy. Now in the second year it is quite vibrant and even flowered!
May 11, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Highly recommend
compared to red cherries these are easier to grow and just as popular
May 18, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Stark Gold
I live in Zone 4b, and since it is supposed to be hardy to -30 took a chance on this tree. This will be my third season, and I am going to have a few cherries this year. Planted with a Kristen at the same time, and that tree will produce a handful of cherries this year too!

The deer love the cherry tree branches, so I need to spray with a deterrent till they get too big for the deer to bother.

I had planted this tree at my previous house, and loved them.
May 4, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Good quality of trees
I ordered eight trees from Starkbros last year. All survived and healthy. This one even bears a big cherry fruit - interesting. I am in zone 6a.
May 18, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Performance of Stark Gold Sweet cherry
I planted my Stark Gold Sweet Cherry tree in 2015. It did not grow very well last year because of drought, and 9 days of 100+ heat in late June and early July. This year, the trees has a few cherries and is growing quite well. According to Dr. Brian Smith at the U. of Wisconsin River Falls campus, Stark Gold Sweet Cherry has survived still-air temperatures there as low as -38F.

Bob Purvis
Horticulturist, M.S.
May 19, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Starkgold Cherry uneven quality
I ordered 3 gold cherries. Two had fair quality rootstocks at best. One has such a small stub of root that I cannot imagine it will survive. Very disappointed.
May 4, 2016
Purchased
8 months ago
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