Regina is a modern late-season black dessert cherry, ripening in mid-to-late July.
Although usually classified as a black cherry, in practice the colour is more often very dark red. The flesh is firm, dark red, with an excellent flavour. Regina often ranks well in consumer taste tests, for appearance and flavour.
Regina has quickly proved popular with both commercial growers and gardeners alike, on account of its good balanced flavour, large size cherries, and resistance to fruit-cracking. It is a useful alternative to Kordia.
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Regina has some resistance to cracking and splitting, a common problem with sweet cherries, caused by rainfall at the time of ripening (a particular issue in the UK climate!).
Regina is not self-fertile and requires a compatible cherry tree nearby to ensure pollination - Stella or Skeena are good choices.
Cropping is often better in cooler climates than warm climates, but it is usually a regular cropper.
Advice on fruit tree pollination.
Regina was developed in the 1950s at the Jork Fruit Experiment Station, Hanover, Germany. It was released in the 1990s. It is a cross between two other German cherry varieties, Schneiders Spate Knorpelkirsche and Rube.