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WhiteGold® cherry trees

Prunus avium 'WhiteGold'

  • Picking season: Mid
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Fruit color: Yellow / Red

WhiteGold is one of the first self-fertile "white" cherries available to the home orchardist, and is similar to the popular and highly-regarded Rainier cherry.

It has the pale flesh and balanced flavor which is characteristic of white cherries and makes them more sought after than the red / black cherries.

The cherries are a medium size, and the very pretty - yellow with red blushes.

Being self-fertile it and will set a good crop of cherries even if there are no other cherry trees nearby.

WhiteGold sweet cherry trees for sale

  • Full-size 1-year bare-root tree $37.50
    Mature height: 16ft-24ft after 10 years
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How to grow

WhiteGold has good resistance to bacterial canker, the main disease of sweet cherries. It also has some resistance to cherry leaf spot.

WhiteGold is also a good pollenizer for many other sweet cherries.

Although relatively new, White Gold has established a reputation for being reliable and productive even in less than perfect conditions.

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Historical details

WhiteGold was developed at Cornell University, New York and released in 2001. The parentage is Emperor Francis - still one of the mainstays of the commercial sweet cherry industry in the eastern states - and Stella - the first self-fertile sweet cherry.

WhiteGold characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Pollination group3
  • Pollinating othersGood
  • Picking seasonMid
  • UsesEating fresh
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-3 days
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(5) -20F / -29C
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originUnited States
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colorYellow / Red
  • Fruit sizeLarge

Similar varieties

  • Prunus avium
    Stardust
    A Canadian self-fertile white cherry, a good alternative to White Gold.