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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.

Regina cherry identification images

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USDA identification images for Regina

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

    Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

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


    • Country of origin: Germany
    • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
    • Fruit colour: Black
    • Fruit colour: Red / Black
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Popularity: Best sellers
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous
    • Flowering duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
    • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
    • Fruit size: Large
    • Alleles: 1
    • Alleles: 3


    • Picking season: Late
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1-3 days
    • Flavour quality: Very good
    • Cropping: Heavy
    • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


    • Gardening skill: Average
    • Flowering group: 5
    • Pollinating others: Average
    • Vigour: Vigorous
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
    • Sunlight: Prefers full sun
    • Cherry universal pollinator: No


    • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)

    Other qualities

    • Fruit splitting: Some resistance

    Where to buy trees

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    Where to buy fresh fruit

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