Self-fertile Sweet Cherry Varieties
The following list contains cherry varieties that are all self-fertile. Therefore, you can plant just a single tree if you only have space for one. They can also be used as universal pollen donors for any of the self-unfertile varieties listed above, as long as their bloom periods overlap. Even though they are self-fertile, they may not be immune to cracking or bird depredation. Many of these varieties were developed in the Pacific Northwest. Therefore, we do not have good data on how they will perform in Pennsylvania.
Vandalay: Large, wine-red colored fruit have a kidney shape and purple juice. Vandalay was developed in Vineland, Canada.
Stella: This is a large, dark-red fruit. Trees are productive but can be tender in cold winters; it is not recommended in more northern areas of the state. Its outstanding feature is that it is self-fertile.
Tehranivee: A mid-season cherry developed in Ontario, Canada. Cracking can be a problem.
Sonata: Developed in British Columbia and introduced in 1996. It is sometimes labeled as SumletaTM. The fruit is very large, black, and moderately sweet.
WhitegoldTM: An early mid-season, self-fertile, sweet cherry selection developed by Cornell University. Its primary use is for processing and would be used in a similar fashion as Napoleon (Royal Anne). It has considerable potential for brining and processing markets that currently use Royal Ann (Napoleon).
Symphony: Introduced in 1997 from British Columbia, the fruit is bright red and matures late in the season. The fruit is moderately sweet and very large. Of the varieties released from this program, it has shown better rain-cracking resistance.
BlackgoldTM: A late mid-season, self-fertile, sweet cherry selection developed by Cornell University. This is the latest-blooming sweet cherry in the Cornell collection and it has remarkable tolerance to spring frost. Its primary use is for fresh eating.
Sunburst: Developed in British Columbia and introduced in 1983. Fruit is large and firm. Trees are productive.
Lapins: This was released from the Summerland Research Center in British Columbia. One of its parents is Stella, which makes this variety self-fertile. The fruit is very large and somewhat crack resistant.
Skeena: A dark mahogany cherry that is very large. It is superior to Lapins, but its cracking susceptibility is unknown. Blooms in mid-season.
Sweetheart: A high-quality cherry developed in British Columbia, Canada. Fruit matures late and is very large. Trees are productive, yielding dark-red, medium to large fruit that is firm with a good flavor.