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  • From: mIEKAL aND <>
  • To: North American Fruit Explorers <>
  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] New Cherries
  • Date: Wed, 24 Nov 2004 11:33:24 -0600

Does it list the hardiness for the sweet cherries? Anything good to zone 4?

On Nov 24, 2004, at 11:13 AM, Doreen Howard wrote:

This is from The Avant Gardener, a print newsletter that covers horticultural news. Unfortunately, it's not available on the Web. I paraphrased the article and did not lift it verbatim.
Doreen Howard
The Pacific Agri-Food Research Center in British Columbia has introduced three self-pollinating sweet cherries. 'Sandra Rose' produces heavy crops of crack-resistant cherries and is more flavorful than 'Bing.' 'Skeena' bears huge cherries, stores well, and 'Sweetheart' is a heavy-bearing cherry with bright red fruit. 'Sandra Rose' and 'Skeena' are open branching, while 'Sweetheart' requires spring and summer pruning for light penetration and easy picking.

The University of Saskatchewan is releasing five new sour cherry hybrids with two special virtues: they are hardy to Zone 2, and they grow only to 8' tall.

All the new Canadian cherries will be available from Adams County Nursery (Box 108, Aspers, PA 17304) and Raintree Nursery (391 Butts Rd., Morton, WA 98356).

Also, the USDA has found that 'Gisela' rootstock decreases tree size greatly and promotes early bearing of sweet cherries. The agency's experiments also show that eating cherries may lessen the severity of inflammatory diseases such as arthritis and gout.

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