Skeena® Cherry trees

  • Pick: Late-season (early August)
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Self-fertile
  • Uses: Eat fresh 
  • Pollination partners

A late season self-fertile dark red cherry from Canada, with a well-balanced sweet-sharp cherry flavour

Skeena ripens later than most cherries, and is good choice for extending the sweet cherry season into early August. The fruit is also larger than most cherry varieties.

Skeena® is a protected variety.

Skeena cherry trees for sale

Sorry we have not been able to produce any trees of this variety this season.

We may still be able to propagate it to order for you. Please contact us for more details.

Alternatives to Skeena cherry trees

Summary features of Skeena

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Some needed?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Slightly large?
  • Precocity: Precocious?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Growth habit: Upright
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Average?
  • Blossom wilt / Brown rot: Very susceptible?
  • Fruit splitting: Some susceptibility?

Uses

Identification

  • Country of origin: Canada
  • Period of origin: 2000
  • Fruit colour: Red
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green

Climate

  • Warm climates?
  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters
  • Planting position: Full sun preferred

Pollination guide for Skeena

Skeena is in flowering group 3. Skeena is self-fertile and does not need a pollination partner, although fruiting may be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby. Since it flowers in the middle of the blossom season it can be pollinated by most other cherry trees.

How to grow Skeena cherry trees

Skeena was developed for commercial growers, so it is easy to manage and fruits heavily from a young age.

Skeena is a bit susceptible to fruit-cracking and brown rot - the two often go hand in hand, and are caused by rain at harvest time. Whilst this has limited its appeal to commercial growers, it is unlikely to be an issue for the gardener or community orchard.

Historical details

Skeena was developed at the Summerland research station in British Columbia, Canada, during the 1990s, and released to commercial growers in 2005. The immediate parents were two unnamed research varieties, but Skeena is descended from Stella, Van, and Bing, and is very similar in flavour to Sunburst (which has a similar parentage).

Skeena® is a protected variety.

Botanical name

Prunus avium 'Skeena'


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