Wild Cherry Breeding (Prunus avium L.)

  • Fulvio Ducci
  • Bart De Cuyper
  • Anna De Rogatis
  • Jean Dufour
  • Fréderique Santi
Part of the Managing Forest Ecosystems book series (MAFE, volume 25)


Wild cherry (Prunus avium L.) is native from central-eastern European temperate forests and it has only recently been introduced in intensive forest tree farming practices outside its natural range. Characterised by allogamy with pollination provided by honey bees, it is also able to spread by root stumps in juvenile phases of the ecosystem.

Wild cherry cultivation for wood production has started in the early 1980s in Western Europe and then, more recently, in Eastern Europe. It is now an important commercial species in all the temperate areas of Europe – namely Spain, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Great Britain – where most progress has been made in breeding and selection. Due to the higher aesthetic value of its wood, wild cherry is nowadays overcoming other valuable species such as walnut. Unfortunately, selection and breeding programmes have now effectively come to a reduction of funds for planting.

This monograph presents the main biological features of the species relative to breeding and it describes the work carried out in breeding and propagation techniques across 14 European countries. Main results in terms of genetic parameters and trade of reproductive materials are then summarised. Numerous references are provided for the interested reader.


Vegetative Propagation Seed Orchard Sweet Cherry Clonal Variety Root Sucker 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fulvio Ducci
    • 1
  • Bart De Cuyper
    • 2
  • Anna De Rogatis
    • 1
  • Jean Dufour
    • 3
  • Fréderique Santi
    • 3
  1. 1.Consiglio per la Ricerca e la sperimentazione in AgricolturaForestry Research Centre (CRA-SEL) viale Santa Margherita 80ArezzoItaly
  2. 2.Instituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek (INBO)Research Unit of Forest Genetic Resources Gaverstraat 4GeraardsbergenBelgium
  3. 3.Unité de Recherche Amélioration, Génétique et Physiologie Forestières - Forest Tree Breeding and Physiology UnitINRA UR 588ArdonFrance

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