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Royalton Cherry on Mahaleb (Spring 2024)


Royalton is a large, black, mid-season, sweet cherry. Also known as NY 11390.

This tree is very vigorous and upright, and it requires training to maintain open scaffolds. It is somewhat slow to produce. Disease resistances and susceptibilities have not been established. Royalton is not self-fertile, and it will need to be paired with another early blooming cherry. It is incompatible with Schmidt, Sam, and Vic. Otherwise, Royalton is a great early-blooming pollenizer.

Royalton is a large, black sweet cherry. Ripening mid-season, it was developed as a firm, crack-resistant cherry to replace the softer Hedelfinger. It is very sweet and has won high marks in taste trials. The fruit is large (over an inch in diameter), a deep purple color, and has an almost crisp flesh.

Royalton was selected in 1975 as an open-pollinated seedling of NY 1725. It was trialed 1978-1986 in Michigan, New York, and Maryland. Developed by Robert Andersen of Cornell University, this tree consistently produces large, high quality cherries.

Our photo is courtesy of Cornell University.

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This tree is very vigorous and upright, and it requires training to maintain open scaffolds. It is somewhat slow to produce. Disease resistances and susceptibilities have not been established. Royalton is not self-fertile, and it will need to be paired with another early blooming cherry. It is incompatible with Schmidt, Sam, and Vic. Otherwise, Royalton is a great early-blooming pollenizer.

Royalton is a large, black sweet cherry. Ripening mid-season, it was developed as a firm, crack-resistant cherry to replace the softer Hedelfinger. It is very sweet and has won high marks in taste trials. The fruit is large (over an inch in diameter), a deep purple color, and has an almost crisp flesh.

Royalton was selected in 1975 as an open-pollinated seedling of NY 1725. It was trialed 1978-1986 in Michigan, New York, and Maryland. Developed by Robert Andersen of Cornell University, this tree consistently produces large, high quality cherries.

Our photo is courtesy of Cornell University.


The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Cherry
Subcategory: Crack-Resistant, Sweet

Fruit Uses & Storage

Uses: fresh eating, baking, canning, freezing
Storage duration: (approximate, depending on storage conditions)

Fruit Appearance

Skin color:
Flesh color: deep crimson

Fruit Origins

Parentage: Open pollinated NY 1725
Origin: Cornell University
Introduced in: 1993
Introduced by: Robert Andersen

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 5 - 8
Chill hours: Not yet determined
Ripening date: (approximate, in New York State) days after

Tree Height & Spacing

Rootstock: Mahaleb Rootstock
Rootstock size class: Half-Standard (60% of Standard)
Tree spacing: See details
Good for wildlife planting? N

Diseases & Pests

Royalton Cherry on Mahaleb does not have any diseases or pests associated with it at this time.

Pollination

Pollination Factors

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

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