Prunus cerasus (Common names)

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Names in common use


  • English: sour cherry; morello cherry1; Kentish cherry (United-Kingdom), amarelle cherry2 (United States); Marasca cherry3
  • German: Sauerkirsche, Weichselkirsche; Morelle1 ; Glaskirsche, Amarelle2; Maraska-Kirsche3
  • Dutch: zure kers, waal ; kriek, morel1
  • Swedish: surkörsbär
  • Danish: surkirsebær, skyggemorel
  • Norwegian: surkirsebær, kirsebær; egentlig morell1; glasskirsebær2
  • Icelandic:


  • French: cerisier acide, cerisier aigre / cerise acide, cerise aigre; griottier / griotte, guin (South-West France)1
  • Italian: ciliegio acido / ciliegia acida; visciola, agriotta1; amarena, amarella2; marasca3
  • Spanish: guindo / guinda
  • Catalan: guinder / guinda
  • Portuguese: gingeira / ginja, cereja ácida; amarena2
  • Romanian: vişin / vişină


  • Russian: вишня
  • Polish: wiśnia; wiśnia czarna1; szkliwka, szklanka2
  • Czech: višeň / višně; kyselka; amarelka
  • Slovak: čerešňa višňová
  • Bulgarian: вишна, вишня - višna, višnja
  • Croatian: višnja; maraska, maraška3
  • Serb: вишња
  • Slovenian:
  • Macedonian: вишна - višna


  • Latvian:
  • Lithuanian: vyšnia
  • Albanian: vishnje (vishnja with the article)
  • Greek: βυσσινιά / βύσσινο - vissinia / vissino
  • Turkish: vişne
  • Maltese:
  • Hungarian: meggy
  • Finnish: hapankirsikka
  • Estonian:

Sources and commentaries

1) Designates Griotte Group, with red juice.

2) Designates Amarella Group, with colourless juice.

3) Designates Marasca Group, with a dark red bitter small fruit, used for jams and alcohols.

  • Dutch: kriek is the wild cherry in northern Netherland, and the sour cherry in southern Netherland and Belgium.
  • Czech: Dlouhá Jana et al., 1995. Ovoce. Praha, Aventinum. 224 p.