Prime Giant cherry

Prime Giant cherry, was obtained by the Marvin Niess private investigator center in California (United States). The variety was obtained thanks to a cross made between Ruby and Garnet . Prime Giant is also called Sunana. The variety was brought to Spain and began to multiply before legal registration, losing rights. In Europe planted cherry trees without virus cleaning .
Prime Giant cherry, cherry variety Prime Giant, early cherry

Curiosities: unfortunately, the presence of virosis in commercialized plants and the significant susceptibility to “Crinkle Leaf” produced a decrease in the production and quality of cherries. The variety was recently released from viruses and registered with the name Early Red in 2007

Characteristics of Prime Giant cherry

Flowering: Prime Giant cherry is self-sterile, making it necessary to use pollinator varieties. Alleles S1S3 (Group II). It blooms 1-2 days after Burlat, therefore, its flowering can be considered average (first week of April). Among others, you can pollinate with Brooks , Lapins and Frisco.

Maturation: Prime Giant, is early maturing, 10 days after Burlat.

Productivity: Prime Giant is a high productivity variety. However, trees damaged by the virus are not productive.

Vigor and carriage of the tree: Prime Giant tree has a medium-high vigor and is of erect bearing.

Prime Giant cherry, morphological characteristics

Size: The cherry variety Prime Giant, has a size thick or very thick. You can get sizes 28-30 mm.

Form: Prime Giant cherries have cordiform shape.

Skin color: Prime Giant cherry, available at maturity, in dark red.

Pulp Color: Prime Giant cherries have color Red.

Taste: Prime Giant tree produces cherries with a good taste, presenting a Brix rating of 18-20.

Firmness: The Prime Giant cherry is firm.

Resistance to cracking: it’s resistance to cracking is medium, its plantation being recommended under protection or in dry climates or not prone to precipitation during the development phase of the fruit

Cracked area: Cracking occurs especially in the peduncular area.

Length of the peduncle: Prime Giant Cherries have the peduncle of length media.

Does not release the peduncle.

Positive aspects: Cherry maturation early. Fruits of good quality.

Negative aspects: It is sensitive to cracking and may have a high incidence of double fruits (more than 20%). The plantations in European were contaminated with viruses. The cherry trees with low production and of bad quality.

Recommended reading

We have more information about cherry varieties, we recommend you visit the following links:
Types of cherries: More than 50 varieties
Tips for a cherry plantation.


A significant part of the information, has been disclosed by Spanish research organizations. The behavior of cherry tree varieties may be different depending on the growing place.

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