Pink and white flowers in spring are followed by large gorgeous purple-red fruit. Excellent for use in pies, preserves, juice or dried fruit. Grows to 6 1/2' tall with fruit yields up to 30 pounds at maturity. Self-pollinating. Plant in full sun. Ships in a 3" pot. Prunus fruticosa x Prunus cerasus
Botanical Name: Prunus fruticosa x cerasus 'Carmine Jewel'
Common Name: Carmine Jewel Cherry
Form: Deciduous woody bush/small tree
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Height/Habit: 6 - 7'
Spread: 5 - 6'
Spacing: 5 - 6'
Hardiness Zone: Zone 3 - 8
Flowering Date: Mid to late spring
Type of Fruit: Dark wine red cherries 5/8", midsummer harvest.
Shipping Season: Spring
Unique Characterstics: A small bush cherry that is relatively new to the market. Developed at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada, it is bred for better fruit quality and flavor, increased cold hardiness, dwarf size to make maintenance and care easier. It is classified as a sour cherry, but the flavor is a combination of sweet cherries and the tart robust flavor of pie cherries. Good for canning, freezing, fresh eating, drying, wine or juice making, plus its, size, gentle weeping habit, spring bloom color and late summer fruit color, this beauty can double as an ornamental feature in the landscape.
Flower Color: White to Pinkish.
Flower Form: 1/2" rounded petals white to pinkish in color.
Foliage Type: Glossy green, oval to obovate in shape with pointed tips and serrated edges.
Resistance: Disease and insect resistant.
Pruning: Prune in late winter to early spring to desired shape.
Soil Requirement: Well drained sandy loam.
Additional Information: This bush cherry is grown on its own rootstock, therefore no suckering to deal with. Yields 15 lbs. or more by the 4th year, 20-30 lbs or more by the 5th year.
Restricted States: AE AK CA CO GU HI ID OR PR WA
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I am updating my post from 2013. This was a small twig when purchased in 2013 and didn't grow the first summer in Virginia zone 7. However, one year later it is a healthy two foot high bush. No cherries this year but I'm hoping for some next year. Unbothered by disease or pests. I'm happy so far. I would rate it five stars but no cherries to taste yet. I'll update on that when/if they come.
Last year I got a tiny thing that had a hard time standing up the New Mexico sun. I gave it tender care and it still grew very little. It died back completely over the winter although we are zone 5. It is coming back much better this spring and early summer -- so I have hopes. I like the attractive leaves. I can't give it rate better than 3 until they ship a bigger plant.
It came very small and started to become a shrub - I pruned all the lower branches and left only 1 strong leader. This worked well and it is now a little 4 feet tree. It has not yet produced fruits (3rd year), but I'm hoping this year it will.
We bought this at a price I couldn't resist so we got 4 little trees. They have turned into beautiful little trees. This is our 3rd yr. and we had just a handful of cherries but not to eat--the birds beat us to them. I am really looking forward to next year and we will cover them early. We live in zone 7 so we are very anxious about 2014 growing season!
"I bought this at an incredible price on sale. It was a small twig of about six inches or less but it looked healthy. Since I got such a deal, I wasn't upset by the size of the plant. It didn't seem to grow at all over the summer. I'm hoping it will grow more this year or I may need to move it to another location. I live in the South so we will see how it fairs. I couldn't resist for the price."