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Regina cherry

A popular modern sweet cherry variety, developed specifically to be resistant to rain-induced fruit cracking and splitting.  Deep-red skin and firm deep red flesh, with a good flavour.

Self-sterile, requires a pollination partner, e.g. Van or Stella.

There may be two different varieties both named Regina.  The form described here was was developed in the 1950s at the Jork Fruit Experiment Station, Hanover, Germany. It was released in the 1990s, and is now widely grown in the USA and Europe.It is a cross between two other German cherry varieties, Schneiders Spate Knorpelkirsche and Rube.

The alternative Regina variety was developed in Australia in the 1950s, and is a cross between and a cross between St. Margaret and Black Eagle.

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  • Species: Prunus avium
  • Parentage: Schneiders Spate Knorpelkirsche x Rube
  • Originates from: Hanover, Germany
  • Introduced: 1998
  • Developed by: Jork Fruit Experiment Station
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1327
  • UK National Fruit Collection accession: 2002-144


  • Fruit colour: Dark Red


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Harvest period: Late season


  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Flowering period: Mid season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Cherry incompatibility group: Group 2


  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates


  • Mildew  - Some susceptibility


  • Fruit splitting  - Some resistance

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