Maturity Disclaimer

McGrath Nurseries have used their best endeavours to ensure this chart is accurate, however, it should be used as a guide only.

We do not accept any responsibility for harm, loss or damage caused or resulting from your use or reliance on any of the information contained in this chart in the event that any of that information is inaccurate or incomplete. Maturity information on some new varieties has been based totally on overseas data, not local experience and therefore may not be accurate.

We recommend that you obtain independent advice before you make any decisions in reliance on this chart and rely on your own inquiries in relation to any district performance relative to the standard timings indicated.


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
NOTE: We recommend that you obtain independent advice before you make any decisions in reliance on this chart... See our Maturity Disclaimer

icon-cherry Regina®


Regina® is an important European cherry recently introduced to New Zealand. This cherry is of high interest due to fruit quality and rain tolerance.


  Origin: Esteburg-Fruit Research Station, Jork, Germany
  Parentage: Schneiders späte knorpelkische x Rube x 1957; Released 1981
  Synonym/Breeder Ref#: 57/201
  Protection & Royalties:

Tree Royalty Payable - Non-Propagation. Agreement required
® Registered Trademark - Royalty payable. Non-Propagation Agreement Required 

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



  Maturity: Unknown in New Zealand but thought to be Bing plus 15 to 18 days 
  Fruit Size: 26-28 mm plus 
  Fruit Shape:

Square shouldered Heart

  Skin Colour: Black 


  Flesh Colour: Dark 
  Hardness: Very hard, crunchy 

Good balance of sugar and acid. Aromatic 



Gross Qualities

  Cracking: Good resistance for such a hard cherry 
  Stem: Long, thin 
  Storage: Long life in storage in Germany 


  Cropping: Precocious bloomer but reputedly shy cropping 
  Blossom: Late to very late, flowers readily over a long season.
  Pollination: Unknown in New Zealand, reputedly difficult to pollinate, but currently looking relatively easy in New Zealand, see notes.  
Kordia®, Sam, Lambert and possibly Sandra Rose® are looking OK. Lapins and Stella appear to be viable pollinators at this stage.  
Regina is S1S3
  Vigour: Medium to high
  Tree Habit/Form: Spreading upright



Regina® is of great commercial importance in Europe.  It is regarded as one of a small number of super premium cherries in Asia.  It is widely regarded as difficult to pollinate, but early indications here in New Zealand show it being readily pollinated by both Lapins and Stella. as well as Kordia® in Central Otago.
Regina® gets its colour early about 10 days before it is ripe.  It has a very long harvest window.  
It is of great interest due to its size and quality.  



Shapes of Cherry Key

Flat Heart
Long Heart

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