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no longer available Sweet Cherry (Prunus avium) SKEENA®

SKEENA® sweet cherry was released to provide a late-season, high-quality sweet cherry cultivar.The fruit of SKEENA® are large, symmetrical, kidney-shaped, tolerant to cracking. The fruit are attractive with wine-red to mahogany skin color and red to dark red flesh. Fruit are very firm, juicy, sweet when mature, and have good eating quality.

Parents: (Bing x Stella) x (Van x Stella), released in 1990
Picking season: late June
Fruit size: large, 10-11g
Susceptibility to cracking: low
Fruit colour: wine-red to mahogany
Vigour: medium
Growth habit: spreading
Start to bear fruit: early
Cropping: medium to high
Bearing regularity: regular
Self-fertility: self-fertile but produce larger harvests when planted with another variety. The flower density of ‘Skeena’ is medium in comparison with ‘Van’, which has a high flower density. The bloom period is early midseason, similar to ‘Van’.
Blossom frost-resistance: no
Cold hardiness: very good
Suitable for organic or no-spray culture: yes
General disease-resistance: very good

The tolerance of ‘Skeena’ to rain-induced cracking appeared to be better than the standard cultivars.

Details and Specifications
Pot growing plant:yes
Rootstock Characteristics and Description:GISELA ® 5 (P. cerasus x P. canescens) - A new compact Rootstock for Cherries With a size reduction of some 40% over colt, Cherry Trees of only 2,5 to 3m in height are now easily attainable with only the basic pruning required of all Cherries. Very productive early in life, good yields after only 2 seasons, and sometimes on the maiden year. Ideal for the intense orchard, smaller garden and tubs & planters. Highly recommended as the best general rootstock for cherries.

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Sweet Cherry (Prunus avium) SKEENA®

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