Stark® Gold™ Sweet Cherry

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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.

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Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Late
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Small
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.

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 requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant one of these varieties within 50' for best 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.

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.

Shipping Information

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Had one in my yard for 20 years. Great shade, polinator, and produced a fine crop every year.
Patrick S on Apr 18, 2021
Its different and will polinate with another tree we planted last year.
Mary C on Apr 1, 2021
Had one in my yard for 20 years. Great shade, polinator, and produced a fine crop every year.
Patrick S on Apr 18, 2021
your description said it would do well in my region
elva b on Apr 2, 2021
Its different and will polinate with another tree we planted last year.
Mary C on Apr 1, 2021
Hardy, looks like it will do well in my zone 3-4
Jena T on Mar 29, 2021
Beautiful and yellow . Never seen one of these trees .
Tamara B on Mar 14, 2020
Trent K on Mar 8, 2020
I like collection cherry fruit tree , this color I not have it.
Ketdjie L on Feb 25, 2020
This variety does not get picked off by the birds as much as other cherries.
Jason L on Sep 28, 2017
Fewer Birds.
James M on Sep 2, 2017
I needed a variety to pollinate my Stella sweet cherry, but I also liked that yellow cherries are supposedly less attractive to birds. We'll see. I like to buy Stark's own cultivars - it's nice knowing that time was spent developing it.
Alexander on May 3, 2017
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
bert 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
your description said it would do well in my region
elva b on Apr 2, 2021
Hardy, looks like it will do well in my zone 3-4
Jena T on Mar 29, 2021
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.
Which cherry variety makes the best cherry brandy ?
Lewis on Apr 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: sweet dark especially, but any sweet cherry. Sugar content is imperative
When will these be available?
Warren L on Mar 15, 2020
BEST ANSWER: This item is currently out of stock, but we hope to make it available again soon. Supplies will be limited when it does return, so make sure you don't miss out by requesting an availability email. We'll automatically notify you when it's back in stock. It will probably be fall before we can harvest any more this season.
Will the Stark Gold Sweet Cherry with cross-pollinate with Rainier Sweet Cherry?
Howisbob on Feb 26, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. It is possible that they will overlap in bloom time. The Rainier is a mid season bloomer and the Stark Gold is a late.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Will it pollinate ok with other types of cherry trees?
Christine C on Jun 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This tree will cross-pollinate with other sweet cherry (not tart cherry) trees that have a similar bloom time.
Is there a cherry tree that would be a good pollinator with the stark gold and the rainier? Do i need different types of cherry trees to?
Howisbob on Feb 27, 2020

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
over 5 years 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
over 6 years 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
over 6 years ago
Highly recommend
compared to red cherries these are easier to grow and just as popular
May 18, 2016
over 5 years 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
over 7 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
over 6 years ago
Love this cherry!
My neighbors had to get rid of their cherries because the birds always got them before they could be picked. I have never had this problem! After I finish my picking I leave those higher up that I can not reach for the birds so we are both happy! Generally I have about a week to do my picking before the birds finally figure out that they are ripe!
July 11, 2018
very hearty
We haven't had it long enough to fruit yet but it came through a rough winter and came on strong this spring and is thriving in what has been a hot, wet, windy summer.
June 15, 2017
over 4 years ago
Golden Cherry
We purchased this tree last year an now its trying to grow. We tried these cherry's before an that's why we purchased the tree. It was placed in plain view of our drive an I an everyone that visits can see the Golden Cherry Tree. In a few years we will be picking some of its fruit !
June 27, 2017
over 4 years ago