Cherry Varieties


Sour Cherries

There are no commercial processors of Sour Cherries in the Okanagan; therefore production is limited to fruit stand level sales. Care should be taken to obtain virus free planting stock since sour cherry yellows virus disease has been a problem in the past.

Planting Trend - Stopped.

Sweet Cherries

Dark Sweet Cherry Varieties Maturity
(days +/- Van)
Ave. Fruit Weight (g) *Firmness (Durometer) Natural Cracking Productivity Habit

Self

Fertile

Notes

CHELANTM 

 -10-12

10.7

Firm / Med

Moderate

Moderate to High

More mod. branch angles than Bing

No

Good on Mazzard, Incompatibility on Maheleb.

CASHMERE

-9

Med.-Lrg

Mod.

Susceptible

High

Spreading

Yes

Compatibility on Rootstock other than Mazzard is unknown.

SANTINA

 

-6-8 9.5 69 36% Moderate Spreading to Weeping Yes Med. size fruit, responds well to GA, good choice for early market.

TIETONTM 

-5-7

12.0

Very Firm

Susceptible

Low to Moderate

Vigourous, similar branch angles to Bing

No

Tends to nose crack, Good on Gisela 5, unproductive on other rootstocks.

SUMPACA

(CELESTE)

-6

10.7

 

18%

Low

 

Yes

stem short and fruit is Van like but not as blocky, lack of storage life.

SUMNUE 

(CRISTALINATM)

 

 -5-7

10.0

68

29%

High

Spreading

No

Glossy and attractive in a pack.

SUMELE (SATINTM)

-2

10.8

77

27%

High

Mod. Vigour, Spreading

No

Attractive pack, more info on fruit quality and market response needed.

SPC136

(SUITE NOTETM)

 

0 12.6 Firm 33% Moderate Moderate No  Large, attractive fruit. Productivity is moderate, perhaps better on a precocious rootstock?

VAN

0

9.9

Mod.

45%

High

 

No

Fruit can be large, but become small on overloaded trees.

BING

0

9.6

Mod.

40%

Low

 

No

Not commercial quality, very susceptible to rain splitting, yields not high.

BENTON

+1

 

Firm

Less suscept. than Bing

Low

Vigorous

Yes

Susceptible to powdery mildew.

SONNET

+2

12.4

67

17%

Very Low

Mod. Vigour

No

Large fruit, distinctive bright red blush, responds well to GA.

SUMSTE (SAMBATM)

+2

11.4

74

15%

Moderate to High

Upright and Spurry

No

Fruit are large with dark red, glossy skin.

SANDRA ROSE

 +3-4

11.6

70

17%

Moderate to High

Spreading

Yes

Responds well to G.A. as firmness without is a concern, very good taste, and attractive in a pack.

SUMLETA

(SONATATM)

+7

12.7

77

42%

High

Upright and Spreading

Yes

Fruit has a significant nose dimple, making it suseptible to splitting.

SYLVIA

+7

10.7

 

45%

Moderate to High

Semi-Compact

No

Very thick stem holds up well in cold storage, tolerant to rain splitting and very tolerant to sun scalding.

KORDIA (ATTICA)

+9

11.4

Very Firm

11%

Moderate

Moderate

No

Origin Czeck Republic, late bloom, sensitive to frost, heart shaped.

* A durometer measurement of 73 was determined to be "Just Right" in relation between firmness and perception.

Dark Sweet Cherry Varieties Maturity
(days +/- Van)
Ave. Fruit Weight (g) *Firmness (Durometer) Natural Cracking Productivity Habit Fertility Notes

SELAH

+10

11-13

Firm

Like Bing

Moderate to High

Vigorous, similar branch angle to Bing

Yes

Selection from Prosser, WA. Susceptible to powdery mildew.

LAPINS

+11

10.6

76

22%

High

Vigourous, very upright

Yes

Standard for mid-late season varieties, overcropping may be a problem in some years, upright habit can be a challenge.

SKEENA

+11

11.4

80

26%

Moderate to High

Upright and Spreading

Yes

When compared to Lapins, Skeena fruit are slightly larger, firmer, with thicker stem and easier tree to manage.

REGINATM 

+15

10.7

Very Firm

Tolerant

Low

 

No

New variety from Germany. Moderate resistance to P. mildew

SWEETHEART

+21

9.9

 

21%

Very High

Spreading

Yes

Very precocious with heavy crops, overcropping may be an issue.  Cherry is light red colour and susceptible to mildew

SYMPHONY

+20

10.6

75

15%

Moderate to High

Upright

Yes

Tendency to fall from stem before or during harvest, recommended for stemless market only.

13S2009

(STACCATOTM)

+26

10.9

78

21%

High

Upright and Spreading

Yes

Good tolerance to rain induced cracking, flower hardiness similar to, or better than Bing.  Highly susceptible to mildew and can have mixed maturity problems.

13S2101 (SOVEREIGNTM)

+28

10.7

80

16%

Moderate

Mod. Vigour, Flat Branches

Yes

Fruit mod. large, very firm, bright red skin.

SPC103 (SENTENNIALTM)

+30

10.3

82

17%

High

Mod. Vigour Flat  Branches

Yes

Fruit is very firm, crunchy and moderately sweet, exceptional habit.

Blush Type Cherry Varieties

EARLY ROBIN

-5-8 Moderate to large         No Strong, sweet flavour but lacks slight tart balance of Rainier

RAINIER

 4

Large

Firm

Susceptible

Moderate to High

Vigorous, hardy and bears early

No

Multi-pick yellow cherry with red blush; susceptible to p. mildew

13N0739

(SCARLETTATM)

 +7-9

12.2

78

34%

Moderate to High

Upright, Spreading

Yes

Large fruit, mod. tolerance to cracking, skin can be slightly mottled.

13N0770 (STARDUSTTM)

 +12-15

11.5

76

29%

High

Upright, spreading, vigorous

Yes

Mild flavour, considered moderately sweet.

SPC243

+22

10.4

77

16%

High

Vigorous and upright

Yes

Test only, fruit are firm, juicy, sweet, with good flavour. Percent and intensity of blush may be a concern.

* A durometer measurement of 73 was determined to be "Just Right" in relation between firmness and perception.