Cold Hardy Fruit Trees and Products for Sale


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Dwarf sour cherries prefer well-drained, sandy loam or loam soils, with a pH between 6.5 and 8.0. It is very important to keep perrenial weeds away from them as they stunt the trees growth. Organic matter level between 2-3% is very important if you have clay or sandy soil. They do well under mulch. Water them a few times deeply to get them established. Here is one customer's story from Iowa, as well as a visit to a cherry orchard in Saskatchewan.

Small sized cherry plants are normally shipped in 2.5" pots, with a single stem that will branch out in the first season after planting. Larger sized cherries are normally dug fresh from our nursery and shipped bareroot in early spring or late fall.
Please check our wholesale pricing for quantities greater than 50 plants.

NEW ITEMS: Romeo and Juliet dwarf sour cherries. We are scheduled to receive the plants out of tissue culture propagation in May 2015, and if all goes well, to start shipping in the fall.

Romeo Cherry

* Prunus cerasus x P. fruticosa
* Dark red, very similar to Carmine Jewel, but later harvesting
* Very good for fresh eating and processing
* One of the best for juice
* Fruit weighs about 4 gram
* 9-12' height, 7+' width
* Low suckering
* Self-pollinating
* Usually produces a few berries in 3 years, rapidly increasing to 25+ lbs at 5 years
* Zones 2-8
* More info

Projected FALL 2015 shipping, 8"-16" tall

Juliet Cherry

* Prunus cerasus x P. fruticosa
* Dark red
* Excellent for fresh eating and processing
* Fruit weighs about 5 gram, up to 20 Brix
* Blooms 3 days earlier than other U of S Romance cherries
* 9-12' height, 7+' width
* Low suckering
* Self-pollinating
* Usually produces a few berries in 3 years, rapidly increasing to 25+ lbs at 5 years
* Zones 2-8
* More info

Projected FALL 2015 shipping, 8"-16" tall

Carmine Jewel Cherry

* Prunus cerasus x P. fruticosa
* Dark purple skin and flesh, small pits
* Good for fresh eating and processing, best pie cherry
* Fruit weighs about 4 gram, 15-17 Brix
* Early harvest, ripening first in the season, late July-early August in the north
* 9-12' height, 7+' width
* Low suckering
* Self-pollinating
* Usually produces a few berries in 3 years, rapidly increasing to 25+ lbs 5-6 at years of age
* Zones 2-8

12"-24" tall
24"-36" tall, 2-3 year old bare root
36"-48" tall, 3-4 year old bare root

Crimson Passion Cherry

* Prunus cerasus x P. fruticosa
* Dark red fruit, flesh firmer than other cultivars
* Excellent for fresh eating, high sugar content
* Fruit weighs about 6 gram, 22 Brix
* 8-10' height and 7+' width
* Lowest suckering of all the dwarf sour cherries
* Not as vigorous as Carmine Jewel the first year, but seem to do well once established in many locations.
* Self-pollinating
* May yield a few berries after 3 years, increasing to 20+ lbs yield after 6 years, but may not bear well every year
* Zones 2-8

4-11" tall SOLD OUT

12-24" tall SOLD OUT

24"-36" tall

Lutowka Rose Cherry

*Prunus cerasus austera L. 'Lutowka', a morello cherry common to Poland (wiśnia - Polish sour cherry)
* Early maturing shrub may grow to only 3-5 feet tall in the north, but can be a small tree in protected locations and warmer zones
* Produces large fruit (5-7 gram) within 2-3 years after planting
* Self-pollinating
* Zones 3*-8 (*a bad winter such as in 2014 may kill the top portion of young bushes in zones 3 & 4, but branches regrow from the lower sections).

This plant was introduced from Poland in 1990 where it achieves a tree form and is the most common sour cherry grown in European orchards. It has been suggested as a good tree for bonsai (e.x. Prunis mahaleb bonsai). There is even a Ginjinha - Portuguese "sour cherry" liqueur made out of this species! See YouTube for Lutowka harvesting videos.

12-24" tall
24-36" tall

Evans Bali Cherry

* Prunus cerasus caproniana , 'Evans Bali' cherry, named after the plant pathologist who discovered it in Edmonton, AB
* Grows 12-14 feet tall as a tree with a single trunk, and up to 10 feet wide
* Bright red fruit, long pits, translucent yellow flesh
* Ripens in late July in the north
* Self-pollinating
* Begins producing in its 4th year
* Zones 2 (poor) to zone 8


Cherry Cookbook


Winner of the 2012 Gourmand Cookbook Award for Canada for the category Best Fund Raising, Charity and Community Cookbook. Compiled at the University of Saskatchewan, this great selection of recipes will give you many great ideas for what to do with your home-grown cherries!

$20 each from us, or order from Canada.

Dwarf Sour Cherry Manual


University of Saskatchewan Dwarf Sour Cherry Manual - order from Canada. Most everything the University knows about growing dwarf sour cherries! Table of Contents includes: Origins, Cultivars, Biology, Propagation, Orchard Establishment, Cultural Practises, Winter Hardiness, Pests and Diseases, Organic Production, Harvest, Post-Harvest Handling, and Storage.

Cherry Pitters


One of the deterrants to processing large numbers of cherries may be the large number of pits! Fortunately, there are some ways to addres this situation. Elaine from Bouviers Berry Basket recommends the TSM Products cherry stoner with more reviews found at Amazon and viewable on youtube. She says, "They sell a jr. size and a sr. size that pits 10 cherries at a time. I bought the sr. size and it works quite well on Juliette cherries (U of S Romance series cherry whose size is in between Carmine Jewel and Crimson Passion) especially if 2 people are working at it. One person can keep filling the cherry trays with cherries while the other person operates the handle. It's a messy job so doing it outdoors works well. I would be quite confident that it would work fine for the Carmine Jewel as well unless you were to forget to put in the rubber trays that the cherries fall into before pitting. The holes in the rubber trays are just small enough that the pits can be pushed through by the plungers. Nanking cherries would not work. You do have to make sure that only one cherry for each spot falls into position at a time though because it seems that the second cherry gets pushed aside and doesn't get pitted. I also would tell people to be very careful with their fingers and to especially not let kids near it because the plungers are very sharp. While it does miss some pits I would remind people that you often find pits in canned cherry pie filling as well, so to always remind their friends and family to chew carefully in case of pits."

For those with more time than money, there's always the paper clip method!

We did try a single cherry pitter that looked like a wire framed scissors. It was supposed to punch the pit out but it was designed for a larger cherry and did not work well with the U of S varieties.

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Brown rot While Canadian-bred dwarf sour cherries have been quite problem free over the past decade, the extremely wet springs of 2011 and 2012 in Saskatchewan revealed problems with brown rot/cherry blossom blight. For general information on this fungal disease, please refer to articles such as found at


Black cherry aphid sighted in northern Minnesota.


Pear slug sawfly larva. "Literature says to wash them off with a strong jet of water – but not possible in an orchard. Can get them on aronia in late July along with lacebugs. Pear slugs eat the tops of the leaves and lacebugs eat the bottoms. Use spinosad to control both. They are not a caterpillar, so pyrethrins won’t kill them. One good coating spay in late July. But only if the damage seems like it’s going to get out of control." (from conversation with Northern Hardy Fruit Evaluation Project coordinator)


Sour Cherry Yellows


Black Knot


Plumb Curculio


Cherry Leaf Spot

Cherry Links

NPR May 27, 2013



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