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Juliet Cherry


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

 

Planted 2017

 


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CHERRIES

 

Carmine Jewell

Evans
Juliet

Meteor
 

Mazzard

Nanking
 

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 dwarf bush cherry. It was originally released in Canada in 2004, one of the Romance Series from the ongoing breeding program at the Univ. Saskatchewan, along with Romeo, Cupid, Valentine and Carmine Jewell.

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



2022 - May 27 blossoms starting to open. Lot of bare branches with leaves at tips (winterkill?) Some decent growth during summer. No fruit. Plant defoliated early. 


2021 - Another hard year for fruit. Mild, dry winter, very warm early spring, everything growing and blossoming early. May 22 the cherries were blossoming -- 4 yr old Juliet was full of bloom this year. 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. Plant doing OK.


2020 - May 29 a 25 degree freeze with cherry bloom just starting. 6/2 a handful of blossoms on Juliet. I assume there was some freeze damage (though Carmine managed a slight crop). A record long hot summer. Some yellowing of leaves but not major.


2019 - Appears to have died. In June it had a couple of pathetic little leaves and buds (nipped off). Tiny leaf growth low on trunk, maybe from root. [no more notes! I assume it recovered...]


2018 - Pruned off low stuff to allow hardware cloth cage. Almost completely defoleated by mid August (rough year for all cherries). New growth end of August. ended up with reasonable branch growth 4-9".


2017 - From Honeyberry USA. Planted 4-21, between Pixwell GB & Juneberries. Small seedling with good roots. Good growth, many shoorts, healthy, some leafe spot/discolor. 30" h.



Copyright Susan Robishaw
 


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