“This bud of love, by summer’s ripening breath,
May prove a beauteous flower when next we meet.”
– Juliet (Act II, Scene 2)
We couldn’t pass up the chance to create our very first Romance Bundle in pairing the Romeo and Juliet Bush Cherry. This bundle includes one bare root Romeo Bush Cherry and one 2 gallon Juliet Bush Cherry.
That which we call a bush cherry, by any other name would they taste so sweet? Is Romeo a slightly tart sweet cherry or an incredibly sweet tart cherry, thou shalt decide. Either way it is an excellent addition to the dwarf cherry category, producing delicious dark red cherries that are crack resistant and have an excellent flesh to pit ratio. Fruits can be eaten fresh or made into jam, wine or canned.
For never was there a bush cherry more sweet than this of Juliet. Possibly the sweetest of any bush cherry, Juliet Bush Cherry bears large crops of standard sized cherries that are as sweet as a sweet cherry! While many bush cherries are more similar to a pie cherry Juliet is sweet enough to eat fresh! Growing only 6-10 feet high Juliet is an easy one to take care of and harvest.
Latin Name: Prunus fruticosa x Prunus cerasus
Site and Soil: 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained soil.
Pollination Requirements: Bush Cherry is self-fertile.
Hardiness: Hardy to minus 40° F.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 6-12 ft. in height
Bloom Time: March-April
Ripening Time: Mid-summer
Yield: 10-15 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Bacterial Canker can damage cherries. Symptoms of bacterial canker are dead branches and bronze colored exudation on branches or trunk. Apply a fall and winter copper spray to help prevent damage from this disease. To repel birds, you can cover your tree with netting or use flash tape to scare them away.
USDA Zone: 3-9
Sunset Western Zone: A1-A3; 1-3, 10
Sunset Northeast Zone: 34-45