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Prunus Cultivar: Coral Champagne

Cultivar Name: Coral Champagne
Type Cherry
Synonyms 'UC 13-22', 'Coral'
Patent Not Patented
Species Prunus avium
Usage Scion
Fresh Market
Taste Sweet
Chill Requirement 400 chill hours required
Bloom Time -2 days relative to Bing
S Genotype S1S3
Yield High
Flesh Color coral pink
Pit Does not apply
Ripening time -1 weeks relative to Bing
Self Compatible No - Not Self Compatible
Pollinators Both Bing and Brooks work well as pollinators. Interfruitful with Bing and Brooks. Black Tartarian, Rainier, Van, Early Burlat.
Description Coral Champagne, though never officially released, is an alumnus with Brooks, a UC cultivar that was patented and released in 1984. As of 2014, Coral Champagne is the third most widely produced cherry cultivar in California. #1 is Bing (5.2 million boxes), #2 is Tulare (916,000 boxes), #3 is Coral Champagne (786,500 boxes) and #4 is Brooks (684,000 boxes) according to 2012 statistics. It has become popular late in its career, but has been improved by removing viruses. It has been known by a host of names and more than a few folks have tried to patent it (unsuccessfully) but it looks as if the industry has settled on "Coral Champagne" and it has moved to the public domain. Ross Sanborn, UC Extension farm advisor for Contra Costa County, worked closely with Hansche in evaluating UC selections and is said to have given germplasm away to nurseries and possibly growers. Sanborn is credited for ­discovering and naming Coral Champagne. Low chill requirement. Crack resistance is between Bing and Chelan. Trees are very precocious and flavor is truly exceptional. Pink skin, low-acid, sweet flavor. A low-acid, cherry with glossy dark flesh and very sweet flavor similar to Bing. This export-quality fruit is firm and large to very large. Grows in zones 6-8.


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