Cherries

Attika®

Attika

(Kordia cv.)

Originating in Czechoslovakia, this attractive, large black cherry blooms late and is good for the fresh market. It bears good quality fruit with juicy, dark red flesh. The fruit is very firm and has a long stem.

Balaton™

(Tart)

A new introduction from Hungary, released through Michigan State University. BalatonTM is tart, firm and excellent for processing. Fruit is large with red skin and flesh. Appears to be larger and firmer than Montmorency. This self-fruitful variety ripens just after Montmorency and blooms one to two days later.

Benton®

Benton

(PC 7146-8 cv.) U.S.P.P No. 15847

Ripening with Bing, BentonTM (formerly known as Columbia) is a large, black sweet cherry with exceptional flavor that is both sweet and acidic. Self-fruitful, BentonTM blooms later than Bing. This is another black cherry from WSU's Prosser Research Center that is generating lots of industry interest.

Bing

BingBing is the leading commercial sweet cherry of the Western States. The fruit is dark mahogany in color and is firm and juicy. Exceptionally large fruit of the finest quality is typical of this variety. Will not pollinate Lambert, Royal Ann or Emperor Francis.

Black Republican

This fruit is medium-size with very dark reddish-black skin and flesh color. A firm, good quality cherry. A very good pollinator for other sweet cherry varieties.

BlackGold™

BlackGold

(Ridgewood cv.) U.S.P.P. No. 17301

Another new introduction from Cornell University, BlackGoldTM is a self-fertile, dark sweet cherry ripening approximately seven days after Bing. It is late blooming, somewhat frost resistant and a good pollinator for late blooming varieties.

Blushing Gold™

(NY 8182)(Pendelton cv.) U.S. Plant Patent Pending

Beautiful blonde sweet cherry, provides pollination for other light-colored sweets, such as Emperor Francis and Royal Ann. This variety is a heavy cropper. Well suited for areas where Rainier is too tender. Fruit quality is good. Can be mechanically harvested. 

Chelan™

Chelan

(PC 7146-23 cv.)

This sweet cherry resembles a Bing with firm, round, heart-shaped fruit. The red flesh is juicy with good flavor. It ripens about two weeks ahead of Bing. The tree is upright and vigorous. ChelanTM requires a pollinator.

Danube®

(Tart) (Erdi Botermo cv.) U.S.P.P. pending

Danube® brand cherry is an early MSU introduction, ripening a week ahead of Montmorency. Tart-sweet flavor picks with a dry stem scar. Fruit is large, bright red and juicy. Higher sugar contents makes fruit good for eating out of hand or processing. Its firm flesh handles better than traditional tart varieties.

Emperor Francis

A medium-to-large-size fruit with a light yellow skin and a red blush. May be more resistant to cracking than Royal Ann. Should not be used as a pollinator for Royal Ann, Bing or Lambert.

Gold

A very good producer. The fruit is very firm and golden yellow in color. Will pollinate most sweet cherry varieties. Well adapted to mechanical harvesting.

Hedelfingen

Glossy, black sweet cherry of good quality. Good processor. Hardy and consistent cropper. Fruit resists cracking. Grower friendly tree structure with wide-angle crotches. A favorite selection for Eastern and Midwest growers.

Index™

(PC 7222-1 cv.) U.S. Plant Patent No.10459

A self-fertile variety good for pollinating all the early blooming varieties. It is compatible with both ChelanTM and Bing. The dark red fruit is medium to large in size and firm. Index matures about three to five days ahead of Bing.

Jubelium®

(Tart) (M-136 cv.)

Another early, sweet-tart selection from Michigan State University. It ripens about five days ahead of Danube® and a full week ahead of Montmorency. Fruit is dark mahogany and juicy. Although considered a tart cherry, the fruit is sweet enough to eat out of hand. Hangs well on the tree and will build additional sugars.

Lapins

Lapins

(13S-28-26 cv.)

A large mahogany-red cherry that is self-fertile. It ripens about three days after Lambert. This new variety is very popular in British Columbia where it originated. Excellent pollinator.

Montmorency

(Tart) 

The principal commercial tart cherry grown for processing. Montmorency is bright red on the outside and has clear, yellow flesh inside. The tree is early bearing, productive and self-fruitful.

Rainier

RainierRainier's skin color is golden yellow with a considerable amount of red blush. Its flesh color is clear. The fruit is very large, very firm and has a distinctly different flavor. Vigorous, hardy, productive is the description of the tree structure. Rainier is an excellent pollinator for most sweet cherry varieties.

Regina

Regina

(Jork 57/201 cv.)

New, sweet cherry from the Jork Experiment Station, Germany. The large fruit is exceptionally firm and split resistant. Skin is dark red and flesh is about one shade lighter in color with sweet-tart flavor. Tree blooms about four days after Bing and is not compatible with Van. Ripens 10-14 days after Bing.

Royal Ann

Royal Ann

(Napoleon)

This variety produces a large sweet cherry that is yellow in color with a red blush. It bears well and is an excellent canning variety. Should not be used to pollinate Bing, Lambert or Emperor Francis.

Santina

Santina

(13S-5-22 cv.) U.S. Plant Patent Pending

Santina is an early, black cherry from the Summerland, B.C. plant breeding program. It matures about eight days ahead of Bing with a sweeter flavor than other early dark cherries. It produces good sized fruit with oval shape and bright black skin and flesh. Despite being self-fruitful, Santina does not appear to overset. It is moderately rain tolerant, however, it cracks at the nose end when it does split.

Skeena

Skeena

(13S-43-48 cv.) U.S.P.P. No. 11392

Another late cherry introduction from the Summerland Research Station in British Columbia, SkeenaTM is taking the commercial cherry industry by storm. A dark, black, sweet cherry of good size, SkeenaTM ripens about two weeks later than Bing. It bears large attractive fruit of good quality and shows good tolerance to splitting. It is self-fertile.

Stella

Produces a large, good quality fruit that ripens ahead of Lambert. The fruit resembles Lambert in both shape and color. The tree is vigorous, productive and self-fertile. Pollinates other varieties.

Sunset Bing®

Sunset Bing

(Brown cv.) U.S. Plant Patent #15386

This is a late black cherry with exceptional size and quality. This Bing sport was discovered by Bob Brown on Stemilt Hill outside Wenatchee, Washington. Quality, flavor, appearance and size are all similar to Bing only several days later! It matures at the same time as 13S-20-09. This variety should be perfect for late districts.

Sweetheart™

Sweetheart

(13S-22-08 cv.)

A bright red medium-size cherry with good flavor, SweetheartTM is a cross between Van and Newstar. A very late cherry, it colors prior to optimal packing maturity. It ripens after Lambert, between July 25 and August 1. The tree is very precocious. It requires pruning to prevent size problems associated with overcropping. A self-fertile variety that bears annually.

Tieton®

Tieton

(PC 7144-6 cv.) U.S.Plant Patent No. 11385

Another excellent early cherry introduction from the WSU Irrigated Research & Extension Center at Prosser, WA. TietonTM produces very large fruit, ripening five to seven days ahead of Bing. Fruit is firm with a sturdy stem.

Van

A medium-size fruit that resembles Bing, but is smaller. One of the better pollinators for other sweet cherries. The fruit is black in color and firm. The tree is hardy, vigorous, and prolific bearer. Will not pollinate Regina.

WhiteGold®

(Newfane cv.) U.S. Plant Patent No. 18892

A new self-fertile sweet cherry variety originating at Cornell University. Bares large, yellow fruit with a shiny red blush. Ripens ahead of Bing, about the same time as Emperor Francis. Tree is extremely hardy and frost tolerant. Resists cracking and can be used as both a processing and fresh market cherry. Excellent pollinator for other mid-season bloom cherries.