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Emperor Francis Cherry on Gisela 12 (Spring 2023)


A sweet, productive Napoleon-style cherry.

This is a vigorous and productive tree. It is not self-fertile and it will need to be paired with another sweet cherry for pollination. Recommended pollenizers include Stella and Sweetheart. Emperor Francis is pollen incompatible with Napoleon, Bing, Ulster, Kristin, Lambert, and Somerset. Emperor Francis is susceptible to bacterial canker.

Ripening with Bing, this cherry is crack resistant and deliciously sweet. This is a white-fleshed Napoleon-style cherry that is perfect for snacking or for processing into jam, jelly, or maraschino cherries. 

The origin of Emperor Francis is not clearly known, but it is a forward-looking fruit: this was the first cherry to be genetically mapped. 

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This is a vigorous and productive tree. It is not self-fertile and it will need to be paired with another sweet cherry for pollination. Recommended pollenizers include Stella and Sweetheart. Emperor Francis is pollen incompatible with Napoleon, Bing, Ulster, Kristin, Lambert, and Somerset. Emperor Francis is susceptible to bacterial canker.

Ripening with Bing, this cherry is crack resistant and deliciously sweet. This is a white-fleshed Napoleon-style cherry that is perfect for snacking or for processing into jam, jelly, or maraschino cherries. 

The origin of Emperor Francis is not clearly known, but it is a forward-looking fruit: this was the first cherry to be genetically mapped. 


The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Cherry
Subcategory: Crack-Resistant, Sweet

Fruit Uses & Storage

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

Fruit Appearance

Skin color: red
Flesh color: white

Fruit Origins

Parentage: unknown
Origin: possibly Austria
Introduced in: 1860s
Introduced by: unknown

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 5 - 7
Chill hours: Not yet determined
Ripening date: Jun 20 (approximate, in New York State) + 0 days after Bing

Tree Height & Spacing

Rootstock: Gisela 12 Rootstock
Rootstock size class: Half-Standard (60% of Standard)
Tree spacing: See details
Good for wildlife planting? N

Diseases & Pests

Bacterial Canker of Stone Fruit: Susceptible

Pollination

Pollination Factors

Bloom group: 2
Is it self-fertile? N
Is it fertile? Y
Ploidy: Diploid
Rootstock size class: Half-Standard (60% of Standard)

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