Carmine Jewel Cherry Question

Nice pictures Don, I was hoping you’d weigh in. Been wondering how yours did over the winter. None of my CJ have any branch die-back, however I was over spraying some I planted at a friends place and noticed a few of his had the top 2-3" winter kill.

My CP’s that were planted in 2014 haven’t flowered yet, but seemed to come through winter just fine (I only recently planted a couple Juliet’s, so only my CJ’s flower here so far)

Back to the bloom size, do all your U of S bushes have the same relative size blooms then, or do they vary with the variety?

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Just wanted to thank all of you for the great CJ photos. I just got 5 different bush cherries (including CJ, Romeo, Juliet, Crimson Passion and Evans Bali) and I’m more excited about these than anything I’ve planted in quite a while.

If anyone has any photos of bush cherries with ripe fruit, or close ups of ripe fruit, I’d sure love to see them! If not, I sure hope some of you will post some with fruit on board later this year. THanks.


I added some pictures to this link last year My "Romance series" cherries

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Here’s a couple shots from last year. I’ll look around for a couple more in a bit.


Do you spray for PC? One issue i had when i grew Evans Bali was very high PC activity…as in if i didn’t spray…most of the crop was toast…even more so then my Lapins sweet cherry (which doesn’t get hit that badly—but it might be more a location thing).

Next year maybe my CJ will flower.

IowaJer, We had a remarkably mild winter for this area, coldest night was -15F whereas normally we hit -30 to -35F. So no winterkill on any of my bushes, actually I haven’t seen any winterkill since they were planted in 2011. However I am having a bit of an issue with what I believe is bacterial canker, particularly on the Romeo. That has killed some entire branches on the Romeo, including quite a large branch last year and another one this year.

As for bloom size, yes they are all pretty much the same size, about 1" across. Same for the Evans. The mature fruit size differs though.

As for fruit, I posted this comparison on some other threads, but doesn’t hurt to repost here:

And although my plants have not yet provided a heavy crop, here’s some fruit-on-the-bush pics:
Evans/Bali, this has been my biggest cropper so far. It grows as a small tree here, although some people do grow it in bush form.

Carmine Jewel, my second biggest cropper so far:


WOW!!! Ask and ye shall receive. Those photos are AWESOME, and so were the ones on the link. I had forgotten about that thread and seeing it just now got me all excited about bush cherries again. In fact, I now feel really bad that I only ordered one of each bush cherry. I don’t think there is any doubt at all that I’ll be ordering more next year, and then once I try them all and figure out the ones that do best in my area and that I like the taste of the most, I;d love to do a hedge row with them similar to what you have done, @clarkinks. And btw…I also have a few monmorency so that photo was also very fun to see on the other thread. What strikes me most is that in all those photos the cherries look perfect- no blemish, no rot, no bug or bird bites, etc. Just beautiful. Thanks again.

I cut my Evans Bali down, but it was just a monster when it came to growth. Had a very sizeable trunk in just a few years. The cherries weren’t half bad, but i’ve had luck growing sweet cherries, so i’ve stuck with that…and now added CJ and maybe some others if that works out.

warmwx, what is PC? I don’t spray my cherries, but maybe when they get bigger crops I might have to? Birds going after the Evans Bali are my biggest problem so far.

Plum Curculio. They hit just about everything from apples, plums, peaches, cherries…i’ve seen them hit blueberries. Can always tell by the crescent shaped mark.


Yes I do spray my bush cherries when I do my trees for both fungus & pests.

Only thing I noticed as far as any issues, was on the Crimson Passion planted last year, one of them had a touch of gummosis. Wasn’t terrible, but I did mention it to Bernis at HBUSA. I kind of felt like the stuff on my ground was very healthy and so I assumed maybe they had somehing going on there. She had already told me CP was a bit more finicky. But it seemed to out grow that and is no worse off that I can tell.

Here’s a couple more shots of CJ’s & pie.


It makes a nice dark pie, very nice! I hope mine sets, if it does I’ll have enough for a pie plus some.

It’s hard to not want a snack in the middle of the night when you see something that delicious!


Go ahead and send the next dozen pies up this way :slight_smile:

I do like how dark the cherries are.

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Ok, sitting here waiting for my phone to ring. . . did you save me a slice??? That is beautiful. How did it taste?

Drew51; speaking of the darkness - I noticed last year when pitting that the dark juice doesn’t seem to stain things like the yellowish juice of my ER. I thought that was odd. (Don’t do a feasibility test in your good cloths just in case, but see if you notice the same deal)

Borer; I agree… I may have to ask the bride if she’ll make up one soon!

Warm; If my wife had her way I’d be shipping most all of my cherries off someplace! She says we’re going to have to get another freezer this summer, and wants me to take some stuff to the Farmers Market… (We already have 3 freezers)

mrsG; The pie is really (really…) good. I don’t particularly care for the CJ’s out of hand like I do the ER, but they do make a blue ribbon pie!


I will let you know about the staining… It will be a nice change! Processing mulberries my thumbs look like I just voted in Iraq. I want CJ for processing. I have White Gold and Glacier for fresh eating. Nice harvest there! My raspberries are like that, I still have full gallon bags. I really need to use them up! Yeah I’m going to need another freezer! I’m thinking of drying them too. I should have figs to dry too! And peppers too.

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Drew, Eventually your freezer(s) get full and you can’t eat it all. (Or in our case, we were on the other side of the country helping care for an elderly parent several winters.) One day our grandkids were at our house eating strawberry sundaes. Our son pointed out to our then 5-year-old grandson that the strawberries he was eating were older than he was! The strawberries tasted fine, though, and all eight of us kept on eating. I wish I could say the same about the cherries, apricots, plums, and honeyberries. Hopefully this year.

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Thanttks for the pictures, Don3a, especially the blossom picture. That Juliet is absolutely loaded. I still have no idea why my CJ blooms are 1/2 that size, and just don’t have the “full” look cherry blooms have. It’s still too early for me to look for any fruit set, but I’m anxious to see what comes. Also glad to hear that they bear from the trunk out, so I may not net them the first year or two until I see what the birds do. I hope in a year or two mine look as good as yours!