Skeena® cherry treesPrunus avium
One of the best of the Canadian late-season cherries.
Skeena cherry trees for sale
BR11-year bare-root tree Gisela 5 rootstock £30.95
(1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
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.
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.
Advice on fruit tree pollination.
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).
- Gardening skillExperienced
- Flowering group3
- Pollinating othersAverage
- Universal pollinatorYes
- Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesWarm climates
- WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators
- Picking seasonLate
- Keeping (of fruit)1-3 days
- Food usesEating fresh
- Disease resistanceAverage
- Fruit splittingSome susceptibility
- Country of originCanada
- Period of origin2000
- Fruit colourRed