Cherries are not only expensive at the store, but also are often heavily treated with pesticides. Along with that, their flowers are some of the most beautiful and fragrant in April here in Ohio. That makes growing a cherry tree an easy choice. Most sweet cherry varieties need at least two trees to ensure that fruit gets set, while tart cherries tend to be self fertile.

Raintree Nursery has about eight varieties of sweet cherry that are self fertile, and I chose Black Gold. It’s grafted onto dwarf rootstock, disease resistant, resists cracking and can be maintained at 10 feet tall. The dwarf rootstock ensures that they start bearing fruit early on. In addition, Black Gold is a late flowering variety, which will be good in my climate – late frosts can often kill off flowers before they’re fertilized in my area.

Black Gold Cherry