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Skeena Sweet Cherry

Skeena Sweet Cherry

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History: Skeena was developed at the Summerland Research and Development Centre in British Columbia in 1976 as part of an initiative to create a high quality cherry that ripens later in the season than other varieties. It is a cross between several self-pollinating varieties and was introduced in 2000.

Why We Grow It: These dark red cherries are often considered an improvement over Lapins with their larger size, good firmness, and general ease of harvest due to the spreading way the tree grows. The flavour is sweet with a touch of acidity. The tree itself grows vigorously and tends to start bearing fruit at a young age.

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 5

Soil Preference: Sandy loam and loam, like plenty of organic material. Prefers average to moist conditions with well-drained soils, avoid planting anywhere that floods for more than two weeks in the spring.   

Growth Habits and Disease Resistance: Vigorous and precocious with a spreading growth habit, produce reliable crops, fruit resistant to cracking

Sun/Shade: Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily)

Pollination: Self-pollinating, this variety will produce fruit without a cherry tree of a different variety but will produce more and better fruit if one is present. Sweet and Sour cherries cannot be relied upon to pollinate each other.              

Flowering Time: Middle

Ripens: Early August

Storage: Keeps about 1-2 weeks in the fridge.

Recommended Use: Fresh eating, cooking, baking, preserving

Size including roots:

  • 1m+ Whip grade: 100cm+
  • Branched grade: 100 cm+ with 3 or more branches, 30 cm or more
  • <1m Whip grade: less than 100 cm
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