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Skeena® cherry trees

Prunus avium

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.

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Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree Gisela 5 rootstock £24.45
    Small tree (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)

How to grow

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.

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History

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 characteristics

Using

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

Growing

  • Gardening skillExperienced
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • VigourSlightly large
  • PrecocityPrecocious
  • Bearing regularityRegular

Problems

  • Fruit splittingSome susceptibility
  • Disease resistanceAverage
  • Brown rotVery susceptible

Climate

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

Identification

  • Country of originCanada
  • Period of origin2000
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Fruit colourRed