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WhiteGold® Cherry on Mahaleb (Spring 2022)


A cold-hardy, disease-resistant, and self-fertile sweet cherry. Also known as NY 13688.

This cherry has something for everyone: WhiteGold® is an excellent brining-style cherry (for processing into maraschino and glace cherries), but it is also great for eating out of hand and fresh markets. It is a self-fertile sweet cherry, making it a good choice for the home grower who only has space for one tree. An added attraction is excellent disease resistance. WhiteGold® is very resistant to bacterial canker and leaf spot.

WhiteGold® blooms early-midseason, and can be used as a pollenizer for other early or midseason blooming trees. It is very cold hardy, and it ripens about ten days after Bing. The fruit is yellow with a red blush and white fleshed. WhiteGold® was developed at Cornell's breeding station in Geneva, NY and introduced in 2001.

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This cherry has something for everyone: WhiteGold® is an excellent brining-style cherry (for processing into maraschino and glace cherries), but it is also great for eating out of hand and fresh markets. It is a self-fertile sweet cherry, making it a good choice for the home grower who only has space for one tree. An added attraction is excellent disease resistance. WhiteGold® is very resistant to bacterial canker and leaf spot.

WhiteGold® blooms early-midseason, and can be used as a pollenizer for other early or midseason blooming trees. It is very cold hardy, and it ripens about ten days after Bing. The fruit is yellow with a red blush and white fleshed. WhiteGold® was developed at Cornell's breeding station in Geneva, NY and introduced in 2001.

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The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Cherry
Subcategory: Sweet, Self-Fertile, Cold-Hardy

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: yellow
Flesh color: white

Fruit Origins

Parentage: Emperor Francis x Stella
Origin: Geneva, New York
Introduced in: 2001
Introduced by: NYSAES; Cornell University

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 4 - 7
Chill hours: 0
Ripening date: Jun 30 (approximate, in New York State) + 10 days after Bing

Tree Height & Spacing

Rootstock: Mahaleb Rootstock
Rootstock size class: Semi-Standard (80% of Standard)
Tree spacing (natural spread of tree): 24'
Good for wildlife planting? N

Diseases & Pests

Bacterial Canker of Stone Fruit: Very Resistant
Bacterial Spot: Very Resistant

Pollination

Pollination Factors

Bloom group:
Is it self-fertile? Y
Is it fertile? Y
Ploidy: Diploid
Rootstock size class: Semi-Standard (80% of Standard)

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