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EbonyPearl® Cherry on Gisela 12 (Spring 2021)


A large, highly-flavored sweet cherry that ripens midseason. Also known as NY 32.

The tree is spreading and vigorous with good resistance to bacterial canker. Like all cherry trees, EbonyPearl® should be pruned to avoid overcropping. This variety blooms early-mid season and it is not self-fertile; we recommend that it be partnered with Sweetheart™ or Whitegold®, both of which are "universal pollenizers" with compatible bloom times. (This variety is genetically incompatible with any tree in the S1S4 pollen group, which includes Ranier, Sylvia, Hudson, and Black York™.)

Ripening one-three days before Bing, this cherry is the largest and tastiest of the Cornell "Pearl Series." It is very sweet (21 °Brix), but the sugar is balanced with an appealing tang. The fruit is firm and crack resistant, and just 4% cracking was reported for the 2008 season, which saw an inch of rain. An attractive, deep red cherry, EbonyPearl® is an excellent alternative to Bing.

EbonyPearl® was released by Cornell in 2008 along with BlackPearl® and BurgundyPearl®.

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The tree is spreading and vigorous with good resistance to bacterial canker. Like all cherry trees, EbonyPearl® should be pruned to avoid overcropping. This variety blooms early-mid season and it is not self-fertile; we recommend that it be partnered with Sweetheart™ or Whitegold®, both of which are "universal pollenizers" with compatible bloom times. (This variety is genetically incompatible with any tree in the S1S4 pollen group, which includes Ranier, Sylvia, Hudson, and Black York™.)

Ripening one-three days before Bing, this cherry is the largest and tastiest of the Cornell "Pearl Series." It is very sweet (21 °Brix), but the sugar is balanced with an appealing tang. The fruit is firm and crack resistant, and just 4% cracking was reported for the 2008 season, which saw an inch of rain. An attractive, deep red cherry, EbonyPearl® is an excellent alternative to Bing.

EbonyPearl® was released by Cornell in 2008 along with BlackPearl® and BurgundyPearl®.


The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Cherry
Subcategory: Crack-Resistant, Sweet

Fruit Uses & Storage

Uses: fresh eating, jam, baking, canning, freezing, jelly
Storage duration: less than one month (approximate, depending on storage conditions)

Fruit Appearance

Skin color: red
Flesh color: red

Fruit Origins

Parentage: open pollinated Somerset
Origin: Geneva, NY
Introduced in: 2008
Introduced by: NYSAES; Dr. Bob Andersen and Dr. Susan Brown

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 5 - 8
Chill hours: 0
Ripening date: Jun 17 (approximate, in New York State) - 3 days after Bing

Tree Height & Spacing

Rootstock: Gisela 12 Rootstock
Rootstock size class: Half-Standard (60% of Standard)
Tree spacing (natural spread of tree): 18'
Good for wildlife planting? N

Diseases & Pests

Bacterial Canker of Stone Fruit: Resistant

Pollination

Pollination Factors

Bloom group:
Is it self-fertile? N
Is it fertile? Y
Ploidy: Diploid
Rootstock size class: Half-Standard (60% of Standard)

Pollination Partners

This table shows the first few results from a full search for pollenizers of EbonyPearl® Cherry on Gisela 12. Please see our Pollenizer Search to run other queries and read how the application uses various factors. Also read more about fruit tree pollination.

Sweet cherries are not part of the search tool given various complexities. Learn more about Cherry pollination





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