‘Joel’ Bush CherryPrunus japonica x P. jacquemontii 4-5' x same. Elwyn Meader intro. Durham, NH.
Bright red fruit is tart and smaller than a typical pie cherry but a lot easier to grow in northern New England. Very little true cherry flavor but still fun to eat and much easier to pick. Good for pie or jam. Whitish-pink blossoms in early spring are highly ornamental and thronged with native bees.
Dr. Meader wanted a cherry that would flower late to avoid damage from spring frosts. Joel is the best of Meader’s three bush cherries. Bears 3-4 quarts of freestone fruit per plant. Similar to Montmorency sour cherries, excellent for pies and jams. We were very pleased with the quality.
Prefers well-drained fertile soil and full sun. Self-fertile, but planting Jan nearby will increase yields.. Susceptible to brown rot. Z3. Maine Grown. (1-3' bare-root plants)
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