Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s fruit breeding program at Summerland, British Columbia, is expected to release a new cherry variety later this year. SPC136  is a midseason red cherry that is said to be big (9.5 to 8.5 row) with excellent flavor and storage potential.

Cherry varieties released by the breeding program since 1944 include: Van, Sparkle, Star, Sam, Sue, Stella, Salmo, Summit, Lapins, Sunburst, Newstar, Sylvia, Sweetheart, Sandra Rose, Santina, Skeena, Sonnet, Satin, Sonata, Cristalina, Celest, Samba, Symphony, Sovereign, Staccato, Sentennial, Stardust, Starblush, and Starletta.