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Kordia cherry trees

Prunus avium
Kordia

Kordia is a new black cherry variety, which has quickly become popular with both commercial growers and gardeners on account of the large fruit size, glossy black skin, and excellent flavour,

Kordia cherries are also resistant to the splitting caused by summer rain.

If you want a cherry that is very big, and really black, this is the one to choose!

Kordia cherry trees for sale

Pot-grown

All pot-grown trees are suitable for planting out in the garden, some are suitable for growing in containers.

  • PG12-year bush-trained 11.5L pot-grown tree Gisela 5 rootstock £43.50
    Small tree (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
    Out of stock

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree Gisela 5 rootstock £24.45
    Small tree (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
  • BR21-year bare-root tree Weigi 2 rootstock £24.45
    Small tree (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
  • BR3Spindlebush bare-root tree Gisela 5 rootstock £33.95
    Small tree (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
  • BR41-year bare-root tree Weigi 1 rootstock £24.45
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)

How to grow

Kordia is not self-fertile and therefore needs a pollination partner. Any self-fertile cherry variety will be suitable, particularly Stella and Sweetheart. You can also use Penny (another black cherry), Regina, or Summer Sun.

It blossoms quite late but the blossom is not particularly frost-resistant, so it is best grown in a sheltered area, or at the top of a slope where frost can drain away downwards.

It has a fairly low-chill requirement of 700-750 hours, making it a useful variety for warmer climates.

Kordia was awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit in 2014, which should mean it is an excellent all-round garden cherry variety. However in our experience Kordia can sometimes be problematic, but if you are a confident gardener it is worth considering, because the cherries are a delight.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Kordia is a chance seedling of unknown parentage, found near Techlovice in the Czech Republic in the 1960s. It is also known as Attika and Techlovika II.

Kordia characteristics

Using

  • CroppingGood
  • Picking seasonLate
  • Keeping (of fruit)1-3 days
  • Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
  • Flavour qualityVery good
  • Food usesEating fresh

Growing

  • Gardening skillExperienced
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group4
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • VigourVigorous
  • Bearing regularityRegular

Problems

  • Fruit splittingVery resistant

Climate

  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesWarm climates
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Frost resistance of blossomSusceptible

Identification

  • Country of originCzech Republic
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Fruit colourBlack
  • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit