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Bush Cherries

Carmine Jewel Ripens early, from mid July to mid August. The fruit is large, identical in size and flavor to that of a pie cherry like Bali, but the ultimate size of the plant is similar.  Small,  hard pits are easy to remove; flesh to pit ratio 5/1.  Mature plants reach a height of 6 to 8 ft and can produce more than 20 lbs. of fruit. 

Dwarf Sour Cherry  

Prunus cerasus X Prunus fruticosa 

1 to 3 ft plants $20.00 each

Zone 2 Hardy. These two bush cherries are the result of breeding work done originally by Dr. Les Kerr in the 1940's, and later by the Univ. of Saskatchewan, crossing Prunus cerasus (pie cherries) with Prunus fruiticosa(dwarf ground cherry.) Unlike the bright red traditional pie cherries, these smaller plants have dark red to almost black fruit. They are well adapted to the prairies, and will grow in clay and/or alkaline soils. Mature height is from 4 to 8 ft, making them well-suited for high-density plantings. These cherries increase in sugar content if left on the bush, rising from 14 to 17 brix in late July to up to 22 brix in late August. They will yield their first crop within 3 years of planting. Self-fertile.

Crimson Passion OUT OF STOCK
Excellent fresh eating cherry. No suckers! Fruit large, almost the size of a quarter. Of all Saskachewan's new bush cherries, Crimson Passion has the highest sugar content - up to 22 brix. Because of it's lower tendency to sucker, its yield is less than Carmine Jewel. It also has larger pits. Mature height 4 to 5 ft. Ripens late August.


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Nanking Cherry Prunus tomentosa

red cardinal icon attractive to wildlife

18 in. to 3 ft. plants $7.00 each, $60 package of 10

Beautiful flowers grace this shrub in early spring, later developing into small sour cherries which are fine for pies, jams, and jellies. Seldom exceeds 6 ft. in height. Medium hardiness (to minus 30F.) At least two plants required for pollination. For a nice full hedge, plant 3 to 4 feet apart.
illustration joy bush cherry

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Meader Bush Cherries Prunus japonica X Prunus jacquemontii 

Joy 3 to 4 ft.     Jan  1 to 2ft.     Joel 1 to 2 ft.

$13.00 each, $57.50 for Package of 5 (your choice: may mix Joy, Jan & Joel) 

Developed by E.M. Meader of the University of New Hampshire, these three cultivars produce a firm-fleshed, tart cherry on a 4 foot bush. The fruit ripens in August, thereby avoiding heavy bird pressure. About as hardy as Nanking cherry, (minus 30 F,) although snow cover may afford additional protection. Loaded with fruit in the late summer and with flashy red autumn color, it makes a striking landscape plant. For a hedge, plant 3-4 feet apart. Joy and Joel are self-fertile; Jan requires one of the other two for pollination.