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Sour Cherry (Prunus cerasus L.)

  • J. A. Marin
  • R. Gella
Part of the Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry book series (AGRICULTURE, volume 16)


The sour cherry (Prunus cerasus L.) forms, together with other species of the genus Prunus, the subgenus Cerasus, where other interesting species are: P. fruticosa Pallas, which forms a hybrid with P. cerasus locally common in Central Europe; P. mahaleb L., used as a rootstock; and P. avium L., the most important for both fruit and wood. The hybrid between P. avium and P. cerasus, P. × gondouinii (Poiteau and Turpin) Rehder, is cultivated in W. Europe as the Duke cherry. Sour cherry is similar in many aspects to sweet cherry (P. avium), but it is usually a shrub or a small tree without a well-defined trunk and with many suckers, and has smaller and firmer leaves, which do not drop. It is usually self-fertile and the fruit, bright red and sour, is mainly used for preserving.


Callus Culture Sweet Cherry Sour Cherry Prune Dwarf Virus Cherry Rootstock 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. A. Marin
    • 1
  • R. Gella
    • 1
  1. 1.FruticulturaServicio de Investigación AgrariaZaragozaSpain

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