Are sweet cherries hardy in Iowa?


Are sweet cherries hardy in Iowa?


‘Gold,’ BlackGold™, and WhiteGold™ are sweet cherry varieties (cultivars) that can be successfully grown in the southern two-thirds of Iowa.

  • ‘Gold’ has golden yellow skin.  It is self-unfruitful.  Another late blooming sweet cherry variety must be planted for pollination and fruit set.
  • BlackGold™ and WhiteGold™ are self-fruitful, mid to late blooming cultivars from Cornell University in New York.  BlackGold™ has dark red skin, while WhiteGold™ is light yellow with a reddish blush.

Other possibilities for southeastern Iowa include

  • ‘Hedelfingen’ (self-unfruitful, red fruit)
  • ‘Kristin’ (self-unfruitful, purplish black fruit),
  • ‘Sam’ (self-unfruitful, dark red fruit)
  • ‘Van’ (self-unfruitful, reddish black fruit). 

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