Joel Bush Cherry was hybridized and developed by the late Elwyn Meader of Durham, New Hampshire. Dr. Meader wanted a Montmorency type cherry that would ripen late in the summer season to escape spring frost for the flowers. Bird damage was another reason for the late ripening cherries as birds do not typically consume red fruits in late summer. Now you can enjoy ripe cherries twice a year!
Latin Name: Prunus japonica x P.jacquemontii
Site and Soil: Joel Bush likes 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: Cross pollination of this plant is needed for heavy crops with Joy Bush Cherry or Korean Bush Cherry
Hardiness: Joel Bush Cherry is hardy to minus 30° F.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 4 ft. in height
Bloom Time: March
Ripening Time: Early and mid September
Yield: 10 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Fruits are susceptible to to brown rot in climates where cool, wet weather persists during ripening time
USDA Zone: 4
Sunset Western Zone: A1-A3; 1-3, 10
Sunset Northeast Zone: 34-45