A modern pear cultivar selected for flavor and fireblight resistance.
BlackGold® Cherry on Mahaleb (Spring 2023)
A self-fertile, late-blooming, black sweet cherry. Also known as Black Gold, Ridgewood Cherry, NY 13791.
Black Gold is a reliable, high-yielding, late-blooming cherry that will avoid crop loss due to frost. It is self-fertile and can be planted alone in a home garden or in solid blocks in an orchard. It will also work as a universal pollenizer for any mid or late-blooming sweet cherry. It is cold hardy up to zone 4; a BlackGold® planted in the Twin Cities by Purvis Nursery has taken -30°F with no tip damage. This tree shows considerable resistance to bacterial canker, but its crack tolerance is only moderate. Growers can expect fruit within four years.
The glossy, heart-shaped fruit matures early to mid-season. It is deep red, almost black, firm, and juicy.
BlackGold® is a cross between Stark Gold and Stella, developed by Cornell University in 1996 and released around 2000. This selection was chosen specifically for its late bloom time.
Photo courtesy of Whiffletree Nursery, Ontario, CA.
Fruit Uses & Storage
Uses: fresh eating, jam, baking, canning, freezing, jelly
Storage duration: less than one month (approximate, depending on storage conditions)
Skin color: red
Flesh color: red
Parentage: Stark Gold X Stella
Origin: NYSEAS, Geneva, NY
Introduced in: 1996
Introduced by: Dr. Bob Andersen, Cornell University
Calendar & Geography
Tree Height & Spacing
Diseases & Pests
Bacterial Canker of Stone Fruit: Resistant
Is it self-fertile? Y
Is it fertile? Y
Rootstock size class: Half-Standard (60% of Standard)
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