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Carmine Jewell Cherry


University of Saskatchewan introduction 1999
cross of tart/sour cherry and Mongolian cherry
Maine grown, on own roots

 

Planted 2015 - first fruit 2018

 

Carmine Jewell bush cherry full bloom 2019


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Carmine Jewell

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Cornelian Dogwood
 

 

Original breeding work was done by Dr. Les Kerr in the 1940s and continued later by the University of Saskatchewan. The hybrid cross between pie cherries (P. cerasus) and dwarf ground cherry (P. fruiticosa) is the parentage for this very cold hardy dward bush cherry. It was originally released in Canada in 1999, the first of the Romance Series from the ongoing breeding program at the Univ. Saskatchewan. It continues to be the most popular of the original releases.

Information on Univ. Saskatchewan's dwarf bush cherries at https://research-groups.usask.ca/fruit/Fruit%20crops/sour-cherries.php



2022 -- In April I cut off the damaged original leaving a 12" sucker shoot. Starting over. It grew well, healthy. Let two of the best looking of the nearby suckers grow. Will give one to Keith in the spring. Will let another continue to grow for now.

Little plant growing from pit planted in 2018 doing fine, looking good.


2021 -- Another hard year for fruit. Mild, dry winter, very warm early spring, everything growing and blossoming early. May 22 the cherries were blossoming. Carmine had a rough winter with a lot of dead branches but there were blossoms, too. Then came four freezing night of 22-28 degrees May 27. Sigh... Maybe next year. Summer continued very hot, fall was mild with no frost until the third week of October. Carmine definitely wasn't happy. I did a lot of pruning, including cutting off a large part of the west side, staking the other half more upright. The plant put out 2 suckers about six feet away. The other cherries did OK.


2020 -- May 29 a 25 degree freeze with cherry bloom just starting. June 2 Carmine was in full bloom. I assume there was some freeze damage though she managed a slight crop. A record long hot summer. Some yellowing of leaves but not major.

 


2019 - Voles damaged some low branches plus got at some trunk, pruned off most plus some crossing branches, opening up the bush. Full of blossoms, starting to open early June. Late July ripening fruit, ~60. Picked ripe ones every other day, pitted and dried. Smallish but nice tart cherry. End of July last ones about half had rot, picked all. Bush healthy.

Pits in nursery growing.


2018 - Cut off all suckers and side shoots. Pruned low branches leaving 10" trunk in order to put hardware cloth cage in winter. A little pruning of crossed branches. It is now a beautifully shaped 4 ft bush. Had first blossoms and 24 fruit! Mid July I noticed a half eaten cherry. Draped red wood beads around bush - no more eaten except by me. July 21 rain - fruit splitting. Looked pretty ripe, decent taste so picked and made sauce with blueberries. Milder cooked but nice. Planted some pits in nursery.

Mid August there was a lot of leaf spot/yellowing, leaves dropping. But good 4-12" growth.


2017 - Most branch tips winterkilled; pruned off. Grew well and healthy with three new shoots and many laterals. Moderate leaf spot/disease in this very wet year. About four feet high and wide. Looking good.


2016 - Made it through winter but this year leaves badly "measled" and yellow. There is a lot of that in the wild black cherries this year.


2015 - Purchased from Fedco - little potted plant but it grew fine.



Copyright Susan Robishaw
 


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