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Whitegold® Sweet Cherry

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Description

A sweet cross with great looks and taste. This heavy-cropping tree is the offspring of Emperor Francis and Stella parents. Tree bears gorgeous yellow-blushed-red sweet cherries that mature in mid cherry-season. Disease-resistant to brown rot, bacterial canker, and black knot. Resists cracking. Developed in Geneva, New York, introduced circa 2003. Ripens in mid June. Self-pollinating. May be covered by USPP #18,892 or other patents. Newfane cultivar

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Early - Mid
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium
Pollination Self-Pollinating
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 Good
Texture Good
Years to Bear 4 - 7
Zone Range 5 - 7

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 7
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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

The mature size of this variety depends on the version you choose to plant:
Standard 18 - 25' tall x 18 - 25' wide
Semi-Dwarf 15 - 18' tall x 15 - 18' wide

Recommended Spacing

The space needed for this variety to grow depends on the size you plant:
Standard 18 - 25'
Semi-Dwarf 15 - 18'

Pollination

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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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
It did not need a pollinator
Connie S on May 4, 2020
I have a standard white gold. That I purchased from Stark yrs. ago. It is wonderful! The fruit is delicious. It is a very good producer. The Baltimore Orioles love them. And I am a bird lover. The only down side is, I harvest the lower branches only. Which is good for the birds! I purchased this because of smaller size, for easy picking!
Cynthia D on Apr 22, 2020
It did not need a pollinator
Connie S on May 4, 2020
I wanted a self-pollinating Sweet Cherry
Kelly A on May 1, 2020
I have a standard white gold. That I purchased from Stark yrs. ago. It is wonderful! The fruit is delicious. It is a very good producer. The Baltimore Orioles love them. And I am a bird lover. The only down side is, I harvest the lower branches only. Which is good for the birds! I purchased this because of smaller size, for easy picking!
Cynthia D on Apr 22, 2020
Needed one that doesn???t crack with our humidity
Charles M on Apr 12, 2020
It's a sweet cherry tree that has fruit ready in the middle of summer.
Candace F on Apr 4, 2020
Most others were out of stock. Is selfpollinating
Phil R on Mar 28, 2020
It's self-pollinating. I have one from a year ago that's doing well and I'd like to add another.
Miles C on Mar 21, 2020
recommended
Lester H on Mar 14, 2020
Recommended tree for our sunny front yard
Stephanie C on Mar 6, 2020
I have one and need one to pollunate
LARRY A on Feb 19, 2020
liked these cherrys
tiny w on Jan 9, 2020
Wanted a self fertile white cherry
Megan L on Dec 9, 2019
I wanted the stark gold cherry, but it was discontinued hopefully this self-pollinating yellow blushed cherry is a good second option for my climate in ohio.
Magdeline S on Dec 6, 2019
Though it is not for my zone I bought several and they have survived fine
Nathan L on Nov 21, 2019
disease resistant
Mark C on Nov 17, 2019
Like to eat home grown cherries
ALAN J on Nov 6, 2019
Short, self pollinating, and resistant to black knot.
RANDALL J on May 10, 2018
Planted these here in Alaska last summer and they are now just budding, after a long cold winter!
Beverly B on May 6, 2017
I like the parents of this cross and it's self pollinating. We had a Stella at our previous home and it was great, as is the other parent, Emperor Francis.
Carroll J on Feb 20, 2017
I have had the tree for several years. Although I have had difficulty growing cherry trees, this tree has performed well to date. I now have some cherries and hopefully will beat the birds to them. I just ordered my second Whitegold Sweet Cherry.
KATHLEEN D on Jun 5, 2016
Disease resistant and self pollinating. Mature size is manageable. Plus, cherry pie is one of my favorites.
Terry H on Apr 24, 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 Blackgold Sweet Cherry.
Jessica C on Feb 29, 2016
I have one in my yard and love it
Jamie K on Feb 19, 2016
I wanted a self-pollinating Sweet Cherry
Kelly A on May 1, 2020
Needed one that doesn???t crack with our humidity
Charles M on Apr 12, 2020
Can this fruit tree be trained to grow espalier style??
lkshev on Dec 28, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, easier to grow this way
What is the rootstock used for the dwarf and semi-dwarf trees?
George S on Mar 25, 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!
How tall is a cherry tree/bush when ordering?
Rudy E on Mar 23, 2018
BEST ANSWER: That will depend upon which variety you're referring to. If you mean this one, it will ship at a height of 2-6' tall, depending upon the option you choose (see the "Choose an option" dropdown menu above).

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Three Failures in a Row
I bought one last spring. It didn't survive. Customer service sent me a replacement last fall. It didn't come to life this spring. I contacted customer service again this spring. They claimed to make an exception to send me a second replacement. It didn't survive, either.

I always followed the instructions carefully. I successfully planted other fruit trees from Stark Bros, including pear and fig trees. But I suspect this species.
August 4, 2016
Beautiful bush
I purchased this cherry tree/bush last year to replace one that I had purchased from another catalog that did not live. I don't know if this one will produce anything this year and I don't expect it to. It is very pretty with lots of flowers on it. I'm really enjoying it with or without fruit. It is very healthy and has grown a lot in the past year.
May 12, 2016
Purchased
over 5 years ago
Cherry doing great.
The Whitegold Sweet Cherry was a robust bare-root and took-off immediately after planting.
May 2, 2019
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Loads of cherry
Tree is now six years old now and this spring has been great I see so many cherries my son can sell them like a lemonade stand
May 3, 2017
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Beautiful Cherry Tree
I purchased this tree 6 years ago from Stark Bros to replace the same tree from another producer which unfortunately, did not survive. This one, however, grew perfectly healthy and is now bearing cherries as described. My family and can't wait to try them. Love this tree.
May 11, 2017
Whitegold cherry
Since this is my first year of planting this cherry tree, all I can say at this time that it is doing well even with the hot weather and no or not much rain. It looks happy and healthy. Hopefully, by next year, I'll be able to report more on this tree.
August 3, 2016
Purchased
over 5 years ago
Seems hardy.
Of course no fruit yet, still a young tree planted midsummer. We ordered this, and the sweet gold and this one has grown to nearly twice the size of the other, much thicker and taller. They are planted on the same side of the yard, same sun same water, and can't imagine why one would just be SO much healthier, but we're hopeful one of them will bear this year.
January 10, 2018
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Whitegold Sweet Cherry
a small tree but growing nicely now... just wish it was 25 feet tall..
September 12, 2016
Purchased
over 5 years ago
Survived winter
Plant survived first South Dakota winter. Mind you it was very mild winter. Not single flower this spring so will be waiting for another year to see any fruit or rate the fruit
May 14, 2016
Purchased
over 5 years ago
Nice Tree.. loads of fruit.
Planted this variety 50 miles west of Chicago. Tree is hardy and bears lots of gold and red fruit early in June. Birds don't attack this fruit as much as a Lapins red cherry in the same yard (hard to get anything from that tree) My only negative is the fruit is not as flavorful as a fully ripe red cherry.
February 21, 2019