Edible Cherries / Prunus avium & cerasus

cherrylapins (300x295)Prunus avium ‘Lapins’ – Probably the best sweet cherry for coastal BC, this self-fertile bing-type produces large juicy purplish-red fruits. It is split resistant and a good pollinator for those cherries that requires cross-pollination. This cultivar was introduced in 1984 by the Summerland Research Station in BC. Grows 15-18′ high and wide on semi-dwarf rootstock. Z5.

cherryrainier (299x300)Prunus avium ‘Rainier’ – A popular sweet yellow cherry with a red blush, ‘Rainier’ is highly prized by foodies and has somewhat supplanted the older ‘Queen Anne’. It was bred at the Washington State University Research Station and can be cross-pollinated with ‘Sam’. The other benefit is that birds tend to leave the yellow cherries alone. Grows 20-25′ high on standard rootstock. Z5.

cherryglacier (300x296)Prunus avium GLACIER – A newer introduction from Washington State University Research Station with juicy reddish flesh and purplish-red skin. It is self-fertile which makes it ideal for the home gardener but the softer flesh makes it difficult to ship commercially. GLACIER blooms late, thus avoiding damage from spring frosts. Grows 10-12′ high on Gisela rootstock. Zone 5.

cherryschatten (300x297)Prunus cerasus ‘Schatten Morello’ (syn. ‘Morel’, ‘Rheinische Schattenmorelle’) – An old (pre 1958) European cultivar of sour cherry that is self-fertile and produces smaller tart red fruits that are used in baking, liqueurs and syrups. They are much favoured by the birds, so some protection may be warranted. Prune after harvest. Grows 12 to 20′ high depending on rootstock. Zone 5.

cherrysam (296x300)Prunus avium ‘Sam’ – An early ripening purplish-red sweet cherry, somewhat similar to ‘Bing’ in form and flavour. It is resistant to splitting in the rain and bacterial canker, both of which are important in coastal BC. ‘Sam’ can be pollinated  with ‘Lapins’, ‘Bing’, ‘Rainier’, ‘Van’ or ‘Skeena’. Grows 20 to 30′ high and 15 to 20′ wide on standard rootstock. Hardy to zone 5.

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