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Carmine Jewel Cherry

Prunus 'Carmine Jewel'

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Carmine Jewel Cherry (Prunus 'Carmine Jewel') at Millcreek Nursery Ltd

Carmine Jewel Cherry fruit

Carmine Jewel Cherry fruit

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Carmine Jewel Cherry (Prunus 'Carmine Jewel') at Millcreek Nursery Ltd

Carmine Jewel Cherry flowers

Carmine Jewel Cherry flowers

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Carmine Jewel Cherry (Prunus 'Carmine Jewel') at Millcreek Nursery Ltd

Carmine Jewel Cherry in bloom

Carmine Jewel Cherry in bloom

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Height:  10 feet

Spread:  7 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  2a

Description:

U of S introduction; this hybrid is prized for its tart red cherries in summer, excellent for jams and pies, showy white flowers in spring; upright and rounded, self pollinating, but increased production with a pollinator. Also available in shrub form.

Edible Qualities

Carmine Jewel Cherry is a small tree that is commonly grown for its edible qualities. It produces crimson round fruit (technically 'drupes') with hints of deep purple and red flesh which are usually ready for picking in mid summer. Note that the fruits have hard inedible pits inside which must be removed before eating or processing. The fruits have a tart taste.

The fruit are most often used in the following ways:

  • Baking
  • Preserves
  • Canning

Features & Attributes

Carmine Jewel Cherry is draped in stunning clusters of fragrant white flowers along the branches in mid spring before the leaves. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves turn an outstanding yellow in the fall. The fruits are showy crimson drupes with hints of deep purple, which are carried in abundance in mid summer.

This is a deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition. This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Aside from its primary use as an edible, Carmine Jewel Cherry is sutiable for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use
  • Orchard/Edible Landscaping

Planting & Growing

Carmine Jewel Cherry will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 7 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years. This is a self-pollinating variety, so it doesn't require a second plant nearby to set fruit.

This tree is typically grown in a designated area of the yard because of its mature size and spread. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Garden  Orchard 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Fall Color  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features