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Surefire™ Cherry Scionwood (Spring 2023)


An late-season pie cherry from the Cornell breeding station. Also known as NY 12716.

The tree is medium vigor, with an upright and open, wide-angled habit that is both easy to maintain and well suited for U-pick production. Surefire™ is cold hardy to zone 4 and avoids much frost damage with its late bloom–four-seven days after Montmorency. This cultivar is reliably self-fertile and will be productive in its third year after planting. It is somewhat resistant to canker and brown rot (the latter largely because of the late bloom, which also avoids wet weather).

Surefire™ is the first tart cherry produced by Cornell's breeding station at Geneva, NY. Ripening about two weeks after Montmorency, the fruit is a Morello-type cherry, with red skin and red flesh. Surefire™ is firmer than that of most tart cherries. This is a great problem-free pie cherry for the back yard or the small orchard.

Volume Pricing

Premiums are included in the following prices if applicable. These prices are for regular scion. Add $1 for clean scion.

Quantity Surefire™ Cherry Scion
1 $12.00
2-5 $7.00
6-10 $6.00
11-99 $5.00
100+ $4.00

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$12.00 ea.

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Clean vs. Regular

Our clean scion is harvested from trees grown on G.16, which is extremely sensitive to viruses. These trees would not have survived if the scion contained viruses. Our clean wood has not been lab tested. Regular = may contain one of the common latent viruses; this is not usually a problem and can be used with most rootstocks.

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The tree is medium vigor, with an upright and open, wide-angled habit that is both easy to maintain and well suited for U-pick production. Surefire™ is cold hardy to zone 4 and avoids much frost damage with its late bloom–four-seven days after Montmorency. This cultivar is reliably self-fertile and will be productive in its third year after planting. It is somewhat resistant to canker and brown rot (the latter largely because of the late bloom, which also avoids wet weather).

Surefire™ is the first tart cherry produced by Cornell's breeding station at Geneva, NY. Ripening about two weeks after Montmorency, the fruit is a Morello-type cherry, with red skin and red flesh. Surefire™ is firmer than that of most tart cherries. This is a great problem-free pie cherry for the back yard or the small orchard.


The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Cherry
Subcategory: Tart/Pie, Self-Fertile

Fruit Uses & Storage

Uses: fresh eating, jam, baking, canning, freezing, jelly, sauce
Storage duration: less than one month (approximate, depending on storage conditions)

Fruit Appearance

Skin color: red
Flesh color: red

Fruit Origins

Parentage: Borchert Black Sour x (Richmorency x Schattenmorelle)
Origin: Geneva, New York
Introduced in: 1999
Introduced by: NYSAES; Cornell University

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 4 - 8
Chill hours: Not yet determined
Ripening date: Jul 19 (approximate, in New York State) + 14 days after Montmorency

Diseases & Pests

Bacterial Canker of Stone Fruit: Resistant
Brown Rot, Blossom Blight, Fruit Rot: Resistant

Pollination

Pollination Factors

Bloom group:
Is it self-fertile? Y
Is it fertile?
Ploidy: Diploid

Pollination Partners

Sweet cherries are not part of our search tool given various complexities. Please see our Pollenizer Search to run other queries and read how the application uses various factors. Also read more about fruit tree pollination.






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