IN GENERAL ORDER OF RIPENING IN CENTRAL WASHINGTON
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. Chelan™ requires a pollinator.
BlackPearl® comes from the breeding station at Cornell University in Geneva, New York. It matures about 10 days ahead of Bing, picking at about the same time as Chelan™. It bears black fruit that is firm and split resistant. The cherries are good quality and appear to store extremely well.
NY 8139 cv.
An early, dark cherry variety that ripens about 10 days ahead of Bing, Coral Champagne™ is large, firm, and has good export quality. The glossy dark flesh has a low-acid, sweet flavor similar to Bing. It is precocious, heavy bearing, and will pollinate with Bing. It performs best on Mazzard rootstock.
Santina™ is a black cherry from the Summerland, British Columbia 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.
U.S. Plant Patent Pending
Another excellent early cherry introduction from the WSU Irrigated Research & Extension Center at Prosser, Washington. Tieton™ produces very large fruit, ripening five to seven days ahead of Bing. Fruit is firm with a sturdy stem.
U.S. Plant Patent No. 11385
A self-fertile variety good for pollinating all the early blooming varieties. It is compatible with both Chelan™ and Bing. The dark red fruit is medium to large in size and firm. Index matures about three to five days ahead of Bing.
PC 7222-1 cv.
U.S. Plant Patent No. 10459
This introduction from the Summerland Research Station in British Columbia ripens about five days ahead of Bing. The tree produces excellent quality fruit that is large, dark red, and somewhat crack resistant. It is an excellent producer. Cristalina™ does require cross pollination.
A new, early blush cherry ripening seven to 10 days ahead of Rainier. The tree bears large, firm fruits that are sweet and flavorful. After testing for several years, our horticulturists believe this is one of the best selections of early blonde cherries available today! A Van Well Nursery® exclusive.
U.S. Plant Patent Pending
Van Well Nursery is proud to offer this outstanding new introduction. Early Robin® is a Rainier-type cherry that is becoming quite popular with growers in early regions. The fruit matures seven to nine days ahead of Rainier and is somewhat crack resistant. Appearance is similar to Rainier and the fruit is medium in size with a mild flavor.
U.S. Plant Patent No. 13951
Royal Ann is a popular commercial variety in the Midwest and Northeast. This sweet cherry is yellow and blushed red with firm yellow flesh. The fruit is excellent for canning and the tree is very productive. This variety should not be used to pollenize Bing or Lambert.
A firm black cherry ripening with Bing that exhibits better crack resistance. A mid-season bloomer, Black York™ will pollinate other varieties and is a grower friendly tree that produces large black fruit.
A large blushed cherry, Emperor Frances appears more crack resistant than Royal Ann (Napoleon). This variety does not cross-pollenize with Royal Ann or Bing.
A new, self-fertile sweet cherry variety originating from the breeding program at Cornell University. Similar to Rainier, the flesh is yellow, sweet and firm. The fruit is yellow with a shoney red blush and ripens just prior to Bing.
U.S. Plant Patent No. 18892
A sweeter tart cherry, Jubileum is used for both processing and fresh market. It is the earliest tart variety Van Well Nursery® grows, maturing five days before Danube® and a full week ahead of Montmorency. The fruit is dark mahogany, juicy, and can be left to hang on the tree to develop additional sugar. The tree is compact and spreading.
The standard by which all other varieties are judged, Bing continues as the leading dark sweet cherry grown in the Western United States. Bing is also the No. 1 commercial sweet cherry sold in North America. The fruit is dark mahogany from its glossy skin to its dense, juicy flesh. It is exceptionally large and flavorful. Bing does not pollenize Lambert or Royal Ann.
Similar in appearance and flavor to Lambert, Stella ripens a few days earlier. It is also a self-fruiting variety, making it a good pollenizer. Its dark fruits are large, heart shaped, and flavorful. The tree is vigorous and productive.
A large black sweet cherry that ripens at the same time as Bing. It has exceptional flavor and is slightly more acidic than Bing. It is a self-fruiting cherry that blooms later than Bing.
U.S. Plant Patent No. 15847
A cross of Schmidt and Lambert, this dark red cherry is firm and resists cracking. It is a productive variety well-suited for the Midwest or regions where splitting is an issue.
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