Joy grows to four feet in height and is the only self-fruitful Meader Bush cherry, though it will set better crops with Joel or Jan as pollinizers.
Joy 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, because birds do not normally consume red fruits in the late summer. Now you can enjoy ripe cherries twice a year!
Latin Name: Prunus japonica x P.jacquemontii
Site and Soil: Joy 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 Jan Bush Cherry being a good choice
Hardiness: Hardy to minus 30° F.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 4 ft. in height
Bloom Time: March
Ripening Time: Mid to late September
Yield: 8-10 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