Sweet cherry

Trademark: KIR ROSSO ™

Variety: KSG 03 A (S)

Species: Prunus avium


Breeder, Place Hilmar Gräb, Kettig, Germany
Intellectual property LFP Licenses for Fruits and Plants GmbH, Bassenheim, Germany
Parents open pollination from SWEETHEART ™ Sumtare (S)
Crossing number Kirsche 2004 R 10 B 64
Property rights application for EU plant variety rights, EU trademark


Blooming date early to medium, high to very high
Fertility self-fertile
S-allele, sterility group S3 S4', group SC


Ripening time 10.-11. cherry week
Scale, shape 27-30 mm, slightly oblong heart-shaped without apex, pistil point is visible but closed, medium to long, robust stalk
Colour dark red to bordeaux, shiny
Fruit flesh very firm, juicy flesh (Durofel pressure 25: 85-88 at full maturity)
Taste at the first pick tangy-aromatic with fine acidity, at full maturity spicy-harmonious, powerful long-lasting aroma, 18 Brix at full maturity
Cracking sensitivity low
Storage good


Vigour medium strong, harmonious wide spreading, very good branching, without blind wood, healthy leaves
Training Pay attention to sufficient vegetative growth on poor soils.
Health The susceptibility to Pseudomonas is comparable with the mother variety SWEETHEART ™ Sumtare (S).
Crop load from an early age with good to high yield, fruits are hanging very densely in some parts, fruiting also on perennial branches, at very high production fruits are arranged like a string of pearls


Cherry selection with a very late ripening time, in average 3 weeks later than 'Regina'. The highlight is the large proportion of good quality fruits, the excellent firmness and flavour.

If you are interested to plant KIR™-varieties outside of the Netherlands, Austria and Germany we need the authorisation of the licence holder LFP GmbH.

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