BlackPearl® cherry trees
Prunus avium 'BlackPearl'
- Picking season: Early
- Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
- Fruit color: Red / Black
- Universal pollinator: No
BlackPearl is an early season dark cherry with a firm flesh and sweet flavor.
BlackPearl sweet cherry trees for sale
Full-size 1-year bare-root tree
Mature height: 16ft-24ft after 10 years
BlackPearl is an early-season black cherry, ripening about 8-10 days ahead of Bing. As the name suggests it has a dark red / black skin. The flesh is dark red.
It has a firm crunchy flesh. The fruit size is average or slightly above average.
How to grow
BlackPearl grows with a vigorous upright habit, and has reasonable canker resistance. It is a very heavy cropper and often requires thinning of fruitlets.
It blooms early, which is sometimes considered a bad feature in cherry growing because it puts it at risk of frost damage to the blossom. On the other hand it helps it avoid the damage from late frosts.
BlackPearl was developed to be resistant to cracking, but in practice cracking can still be a problem in areas where summer rainfall is common.
Advice on fruit tree pollination.
BlackPearl was developed at Cornell University in New York. It's original reference number was NY8139.
- Gardening skillAverage
- Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
- Pollination group2
- Pollinating othersAverage
- Universal pollinatorNo
- Bearing regularityRegular
- WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators
- Picking seasonEarly
- UsesEating fresh
- Keeping (of fruit)1-3 days
- Cold hardiness (USDA)(5) -20F / -29C
- Summer maximum temperaturesWarm (25-30C / 76-85F)
- Country of originUnited States
- Period of origin2000
- Fruit colorRed / Black
- Fruit sizeAverage