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Kordia

Kordia
  • Picking season: Late
  • Country of origin: Czech Republic
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile

Kordia is a new black cherry variety, which has quickly become popular with both commercial growers and gardeners on account of the large fruit size, glossy black skin, and excellent flavour,

Kordia cherries are also resistant to the splitting caused by summer rain.

If you want a cherry that is very big, and really black, this is the one to choose!

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Kordia cherry trees for sale

  • 11-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    Gisela 5 rootstock
    Small size (2m-2.5m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • 21-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    Weigi 2 rootstock
    Small size (2m-2.5m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
  • 31-year maiden bare-root tree 24.45
    Weigi 1 rootstock
    Medium size (2.5m-3m after 10 years)
    Out of stock

How to grow

Kordia is not self-fertile and therefore needs a pollination partner. Any self-fertile cherry variety will be suitable, particularly Stella and Sweetheart. You can also use Penny (another black cherry) or Regina.

Kordia blossoms quite late but the blossom is not particularly frost-resistant, and it is best grown in a sheltered area, or at the top of a slope where frost can drain away downwards.

It has a fairly low-chill requirement of 700-750 hours, making it a useful variety for warmer climates.

Kordia was awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit in 2014, which should mean it is an excellent all-round garden cherry variety.  However in our experience Kordia can sometimes be problematic, but if you are a confident gardener it is worth considering because the cherries are a delight.

History

Kordia is a chance seedling of unknown parentage, found near Techlovice in the Czech Republic in the 1960s. It is also known as Attika and Techlovika II.

Kordia characteristics

  • Using

    • Picking season:Late
    • Cropping:Good
    • Keeping:1-3 days
    • Fruit persistence:Normal ripening
    • Useful for:Eating fresh
  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Experienced
    • Self-fertility:Not self-fertile
    • Flowering group:4
    • Pollinating others:Average
    • Vigour:Vigorous
    • Bearing regularity:Regular
  • Problems

    • Fruit splitting:Very resistant
  • Climate

    • Climate type:Temperate climatesWarm climates
    • Summer average maximum temperatures:Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
    • Frost resistance of blossom:Susceptible
  • Identification

    • Country of origin:Czech Republic
    • Period of origin:1950 - 1999
    • Flower colour:White
    • Fruit colour:Black
    • Awards:RHS Award of Garden Merit