A hardy, self-fertile pear with exceptionally good flavor.
BlackPearl® Cherry on Mahaleb (Spring 2023)
An early sweet cherry with large, firm fruit. Also known as NY 8139.
This cherry tree is hardy, vigorous, and very productive. It is also canker resistant. Black Pearl® is not self-fertile and will require another early or midseason blooming sweet cherry tree as a pollenizer. We recommend either Sweetheart™ or Whitegold®, both of which are "universal pollenizers" with compatible bloom times. The fruit ripens early–about ten days before Bing–and has a very low incidence of cracking. The fruit flavor is outstanding. Black Pearl® is a delicious, sweet treat (about 20% sugar) that is also exceptionally firm and stores well. It is large and, as its name suggests, very dark in color.
The "Pearl Series" of cherries was developed at Cornell University under Bob Andersen and Susan Brown. This is the earliest ripening cherry of the series and it was bred with West Coast growers in mind.
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: Vernon x a University of California breeding selection
Origin: Geneva, NY
Introduced in: 2008
Introduced by: NYSAES; Dr. Bob Andersen and Dr. Susan Brown
Calendar & Geography
Tree Height & Spacing
Diseases & Pests
Bacterial Canker of Stone Fruit: Resistant
Is it self-fertile? N
Is it fertile? Y
Rootstock size class: Half-Standard (60% of Standard)
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