BLACK GOLD® (NEW YORK 13791) An early-midseason self-fertile black. A hybrid of Stark Gold X Stella; a Cornell introduction. This selection is a late bloomer. Seven straight years it has set a heavy crop here in Geneva. It is self-fruitful and can be planted in solid blocks. It is also a very good pollenizer, probably a "universal" pollenizer. The fruit is shiny black and is resistant to cracking. Considerable tolerance to canker.
BLACK YORK (NY 1725) Latest introduction from the Cornell-Geneva program. Midseason ripening, between Bing and Ulster. Medium-large size; black; excellent quality. Crisp, firm texture. Crack tolerant. Appears to have very good tolerance to bacterial canker. Hardy, grower-friendly tree. Self-sterile, in same pollination group as Ranier and Hudson (which makes it a good pollenizer for most other varieties).
BLUSHING GOLD (NY 8182) Just named by Cornell's Geneva Station. Very similar to Emperor Francis, but blooming a day or so earlier, with slightly smaller fruit size. Very low "pull force" and clean break, making it ideal for picking stemless fruit. Good crack resistance. Blushing Gold ripens between Emperor Francis and Gold. Blushing Gold and Emperor Francis are cross-fruitful.
BURGUNDY PEARL A large mid-season dark red cherry with above average firmness and superior flavor, Burgundy® averages 12g in weight and 22% sugar. This firm and crunchy cherry ripens 3 to 5 days before Bing and has a long harvest period. The productive tree is vigorous and hardy with resistance
to canker. Burgundy® has also displayed a low frequency of cracking.
COLUMBIA New red, self-fertile. Early midseason. Good crack tolerance. Fruit large, very high quality. Bloom midseason.
EBONY PEARL Spreading, canker-resistant tree. Ripens early to mid-season (1-3 days before Bing) with very large fruit that is dark red, turning black, with good crack resistance; average firmness. Self-fertile.
EMPEROR FRANCIS This continues to be the standard for light-colored, Napolean-type sweet cherries. It has a red blush on an attractive yellow background. Of all the varieties at Littletree Orchards, Emperor Francis has consistently been the most resistant to cracking, and most tolerant of cold temperatures.
GOLD Perhaps the hardiest of all sweet cherries. Pure golden yellow -- not a trace of red in skin or flesh. Very late bloom. Relatively crack tolerant. Tends to set very heavily; medium-sized fruit. An ideal briner.
HARTLAND® (Originally tested as NY 3308, selected from open-pollinated Windsor.) The earliest of the 3 H's (Hartland, Hedelfinger, Hudson). This is a very durable tree that crops consistently. Beautiful, black fruit. Fairly firm with a good flavor; usually crack resistant. Vigorous, productive tree.
HEDELFINGER Continues to perform well in New York, Canada, and Europe. It has been around for more than 200 years and will be for a long time to come. It is a medium-large, firm-fleshed, high quality dark cherry that resists cracking. Productive. It has proven to be very winter hardy here in Western New York.
HUDSON The latest of the good dark, black sweeet cherries. One of the three H's (Hartland, Hedelfinger, Hudson). Hardy; very crack resistant; and firm.
KRISTIN Big, black mid-season cherry introduced jointly by the Geneva station and Norwegian researchers. Dad and Mother have seen Kristin fruiting in Tasmania on the shore of the Antarctic Ocean! From the Emperor Francis x Gil Peck cross. Rich flavor. Considerable crack resistance.
LAPINS First of the self-fertile black sweets.
REGINA® A new red-black sweet cherry from Germany. Larger, firmer and more crack-tolerant than other midseason varieties. Blooms late. Good bacterial canker tolerance.
SAM Medium-large, firm, jet-black fruits. Tree is large, vigorous, hardy, upright, and spreading. Blooms later than most sweet cherries. Self-unfruitful but a good pollenizer. Shows some resistance to canker and to cracking.
SOMERSETTM Released in 1994 by Cornell's Geneva Station from the Van X Vic family. Fruits are attractive, very dark purple to shiny black. Very firm, yet reduced tendency to rain-cracking. Strong cherry flavor with good balance. Long shelf life. The cherries hang well so there is a long harvest period. Ripens with Hedelfinger. Very early bearing. The tree is less vigorous than many sweets and has nice lateral branching; precocious and productive. Good tolerance to bacterial canker.
SUMMIT From the Van x Sam cross. Very large, heart-shaped red fruit will make your mouth water. Moderately susceptible to rain cracking.
SWEETHEART The Sweetheart Cherry tree is a new self-fruitful cherry tree. It produces a fruit that remains crunchy when picked and eaten. The tree resists cracking and ripens late. Because the Sweetheart is self-pollinating, it can be used in location where you would only want to plant one tree for delightful cherry fruit.
ULSTER Selected from the Schmidt x Lambert family. Introduced by Cornell in1964. Large, purplish red cherry ripening just after Schmidt, which it resembles. Midseason. Moderately crack tolerant. Productive if pollenized by varieties other than Bing, Emperor Francis, Kristin and Somerset.