Celeste® (Sumpaca)

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NewZealand-CentralOtago

Maturity based on Alexandra in Central Otago

The Maturity Chart is a general guide for each variety of Cherry. The dates are based on Commercial Harvesting dates in Alexandra in Central Otago. If you are planting in a different district, please adjust these dates as below: 

  • Marlborough -10 days
  • Havelock = -16 days
  • Hastings = -18 days
  • Twyford -22 days
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icon-cherry Celeste® (Sumpaca)

 

Celeste® is a very large for its season, medium hard, early season cherry.

 

  Origin: Pacific Agri-Food Research Center, Summerland, BC, Canada; Cross made by Ken Lapins; Released by Dr. David Lane
  Parentage: Van x Newstar
  Synonym/Breeder Ref#: Sumpaca (13S-24-28); Crossed in 1973; Release in 1990
  Protection & Royalties:

® Registered Trademark - Royalty payable. Non-Propagation Agreement Required

  Exclusivity: icon-green Available only from and exclusively licensed to McGrath Nurseries Ltd in New Zealand

Fruit

External

  Maturity: Bing minus 13 days 
  Fruit Size: Very large for season.  10.7 g average 
  Fruit Shape:

Blocky Heart

  Skin Colour: Mahogany to black 

Internal

  Flesh Colour: Dark red 
  Hardness: Medium, too soft for export 
  Flavour:

Good and sweet 

  Stone:

Medium size 

Gross Qualities

  Cracking: Moderately resistant to cracking
  Stem: Medium length, thick 
  Storage: Unknown 

Tree

  Cropping: Light 
  Blossom: White, mid season
  Pollination: Self fertile; S1, S4
  Vigour: Low to medium 
  Tree Habit/Form: Semi compact

Notes

 

Celeste® is an excellent flavoured, large sized early season cherry but not suitable for export due to softness.
It appears that it may be light cropping in New Zealand. 

 

 

Shapes of Cherry Key

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Flat Heart
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Heart
cherry-Kidney
Kidney
cherry-Long-Heart
Long Heart
cherry-Round
Round
 
 
 

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