Wondering if anyone had better luck than I did with Jan , Joel, or joy cherries?
" Meader Bush Cherries
(Prunus japonica x Prunus jacquemontii)
Meader bush cherry (‘Joel’) in early bloom
‘Jan’, ‘Joel’, ‘Joy’
Description and site preference
Type and size – shrubs, generally less than 4 feet
Hardiness zone – 3-8
Exposure – full sun to partial shade
Soil – all but wet soils
Drainage – moderate to well-drained
Years to harvest – 1-2
Maintenance – intermediate
Life of planting – 20+ years
Machine harvest potential – high
Suitable markets – juice, processed
Nutritional highlights – unknown
Adaptability – good
Pest issues – similar to other tart cherries
Invasive potential – none
Environmental benefits – unknown
Shared management – high
Shared equipment – high
Shared processing – intermediate
Co-marketing – intermediate with other processed products
Integration potential – good
Could be incorporated in a hedgerow integrated system and provide shared management, including mechanical harvesting.
Dormant Meader bush cherry
History and background
Selected and introduced by E.M. Meader of the University of New Hampshire, these hybrid cherries have similar characteristics. They all ripen in late August and early September, with the potential to extend the tart cherry season. They have a distinctive flavor that is somewhat of an acquired taste but could be enjoyed as a fresh fruit.
Observations at Carandale Farm
‘Jan’ was acquired from Raintree Nursery in 2003. Plants were small but adapted well and produced a crop the following year. It is a low-growing shrub that suckers readily but has never exceeded three feet in height. ‘Jan’ needs to be cross pollinated by ‘Joel’ or ‘Joy’ for good fruit set.
‘Joel’ and ‘Joy’ were acquired from St. Lawrence Nurseries in 2004. These tissue-cultured plants adapted very well. Both are taller than ‘Jan’ (about four feet) and do not have as much suckering. ‘Joy’ is considered self-fruitful; ‘Joel’ requires cross pollination. Fruit yield has been consistent and good.
These plants have received little attention over the last 9-10 years but still persist in the Carandale test plot. Because of its small stature, ‘Jan’ is not as competitive and will require more attention as a commercial crop. With pruning and pest management, the Meader hybrids could be a sustainable crop. Late ripening could help extend the tart cherry season. Their potential to be machine-harvested could give them a place in an integrated system. But these plants will have to compete with the new Romance series of bush cherries coming out of the Canadian breeding program.
Edible Landscaping: Joy Bush Cherry
"-http://uncommonfruit.cias.wisc.edu/meader-bush-cherries/. They are very inexpensive if they work for you Joel Bush Cherry - Hartmann's Plant Company | Wholesale Store.
“ 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.”-http://www.sln.potsdam.ny.us/bcherries.html
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The infamous montmorency sour cherry tree works at nearly every location. What’s working for you? Meader cherries been anyone’s favorite?
Edible landscaping said this " Joy Bush Cherry
Prunus jacquemonti x japonica
After 25 years of “patience and persistence,” fruit breeder Elwyn Meader of New Hampshire introduced Joy. At 4’ tall these fall bearing bush cherries are easy to care for. Their bloom and form resemble flowering almond. They’ll fruit a year after planting. The sour cherry like fruits ripen in late summer and are not bothered by birds. When planted together they should be spaced 3’ to 4’ apart in well drained soil that gets at least 6 hours of sun a day.They are easy no spray fruits, highly resistant to powdery mildew and cherry worms. They are very hardy(-31 degrees F in Buckfield Maine) and are low chill tolerant in the south and west.Joy is self fertile. Space 3-4’ circle. Zones 3-8."