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Carmine Jewel Dwarf Cherry

Tastes better than any other cherry, including sweet cherries!


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Product Details

Large, gorgeous purplish-red fruit with a luscious balance of high sugars and a complement of acids. High flesh-to-pit ratio—great for pies, preserves, juice, dried fruit and eating fresh. Yields up to 20-30 pounds in its fifth year. Only 6½' tall with full-size fruit—easier to maintain than typical cherries. Grows on its own roots, so you get no suckers. Extreme cold hardiness and few problems from disease and pests make it easy to grow.

Hardy to zone 2b-7. Remember that our Satisfaction Guarantee applies to Carmine Jewel. Self-pollinating.

  • Zones: 2b-7
  • Height: 6 1/2 feet.
  • Spacing: 5 - 7 feet.
  • Depth: Same depth as in the pot.
  • Spread: 5 feet.
  • Sun/Shade: Full sun.
  • Soil Preference: Well-drained, sandy loam soil, free of perennial weeds, pH of 6.5 - 8.0, organic matter levels between 2 - 3%.
  • Pruning: Prune in early Spring before the bush breaks dormancy. Cherry buds are either vegetative or floral. Usually the end bud and thin side buds are vegetative and most of the larger buds are floral. When pruning, do not cut off tips of branches because you might be removing the vegetative buds and will have nothing to make new shoots.
  • Pollinator: It does not require a pollinator to produce fruit, but having another cherry (Nanking, sandcherry) nearby will increase productivity.
  • Yield: Approximately 10 - 30 pounds per plant at maturity.
  • Foliage: Glossy green foliage, oval to obovate in shape, with pointed tips and serrated edges.
  • Blooms: Mid to late May.
  • Flowers: Flower is 1/2 inch, white or pinkish blossoms.
  • Fruit: 3.5 grams, 5/8 inch, deep crimson. Brix of 17. Possible reasons why the cherry flesh does not develop as it should on the whole tree: Cherries that do not get pollinated will sometimes stay on the trees and grow slightly but usually they fall off while o
  • Growth Rate: Moderate growth rate.
  • Comments: Smooth deep crimson fruit does not split, small round pit with high flesh to pit ratio. Sweet- tart flavor with a BRIX of 14%. Developed at the University of Saskatchewan, bred for better fruit quality and flavor, increased cold hardiness, dwarf size plant that makes maintenance easier. Disease and insect pest pressure is low, good choice for organic production. Large petals, glossy green leaves, and colorful fruit allow Carmine Jewel to double as an ornamental. Unable to ship to AE, AK, CA, CO, GU, HI, ID, OR, PR, WA.

Customer Reviews

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Did not survive
Jul 1, 2012  |  By Ed
It came in with leaves not dorment well before our last freeze date. It got zapped by the frosts and watched as one by one all the leaves dropped. Looks dead to me now.

Jun 28, 2012  |  By JACKIE
I bought two of these cherry trees 2 years ago. They are about 4 feet tall. No cherries yet. Looking healthy.

growing in california
Apr 16, 2012  |  By Bowen C.
Yes California, I gess I bought one before the state once again restricted this tree. I rate the tree a 4 right now, I have had it in my high desert ground since fall of 2010. It has grown all most 2feet, mulched it with compost over the light winter. Water once a week, sofar it is starting to bush out, with bright green, glossy leaves. I gess I will need to take cuttings to produce another one. Looking forward to this years growth. So far happy with results.

MT Gardner
Apr 12, 2012  |  By Lilly
I just received my Carmine Jewel tree today. It is not a tree. States that it is dormant - it is fully leafed. I read the other reviews today and will wait and see how it does. Will plant in garden for the first year so I can take extra care of it. The blueberry plant I bought at the same time is bigger. It also is fully leafed but was suppose to be dormant. Will pot it also.

Apr 7, 2012  |  By Adrian
Bought two of these last summer, they were tiny to say the least. They didn't survive, two dead twigs this spring.

Tiny but Healthy
Apr 7, 2012  |  By Kaitie
This was not the plant I was hoping for. It does appear healthy, but it is only 8-10 inches tall. Thirty dollars does seem steep for this size plant!

Hardy little bush!
Apr 2, 2012  |  By Davilyn
"I got this the first year it was available - I notice now it is a restricted plant to California. The first two years I had it in full sun all day - it never did well - grew to about 18"" and never did anything. I live in the hot High Desert so its possible it didn't like the high heat. Then last autumn I put it in a big pot in the shade. Three times in degrees in the teens - my Great Pyrenees pulled it out of the pot - I would fine it lying next to her in the morning. Each time I re-planted it (hope springs eternal). To my surprise it is leafing out quite nice! I will keep it even if it never fruits - it has shown great determination to survive - it now resides in the enclosed shade nursery and I thank it each day for its great love to us. How appreciative I shall be if it gives us cherries - and I will update if it does."

Not worth the money
Mar 23, 2012  |  By Valerie Arena
I just received my cherry plants last week and could not believe how small they were! How anyone could charge $30 a piece for these is beyond me.. I say save your money and go to a local nursery so you can see what your buying.. I doubt I will be ordering from here again!

East Tennessee Cherry's
Feb 25, 2012  |  By Tom Presnell
I bought 2 of these in 2008, and they had a few cherry's on them in 2010, and last year I picked a gallon bucket almost full. The birds got a few of them until I got a bird fence put on them. I would recommend them to anyone with a small space. Also the cherry's are really good

growing in Chattanooga
Sep 21, 2011  |  By Linda M
"Carmine jewel dwarf cherry, not yet rated for the south, but thought I would take a chance as I really did not want a tree. I ordered 2 in June and they looked weak at first. One did not make it. The one that did has tripled in size (about 8"" tall when planted). Called Gurneys and they are replacing the one. It will be interesting to see how they differ a year from now. Very pleased. "

Deep South
Sep 5, 2011  |  By Ryan
Ten inch twigs planted in spring of 2010 in red clay soil with no prep or care. Did not grow one inch in first year and thought they were dead. Summer of 2011 grew to almost three feet in second year with mulch and fertilizer. Both summers were record setting in heat and very little rain. Given growing conditions, my care of plants, and lack of southern info I'm surpised and delighted they are doing so well.

tough tree
Aug 19, 2011  |  By Markus
I planted two of these this spring. We had major hailstorms (baseball sized) so the trees got smashed. They came back, then the roofers repairing the hail damage broke them again. Now at the end of the summer they have come back and are 5 times taller than when I planted them. I'm looking forward to seeing what they can do when they're not being destroyed every other month!

Seriously Hardy Cherry
Jun 23, 2011  |  By Christy
Received 2 in October. Planted & watered. The next day, it snowed hard. Within a week we were having sub-zero highs. November hit -30F. I figured they were dead so pretty much ignored them. Decided to water them in the spring before calling gurney's. One looks beautiful (still small). The other had a little winter kill on top but is coming back stongly since it's not grafted. Ordered two more. They were shipped over Memorial weekend and in shipping over a week. They lost most of their leaves but are now coming back strong. These seem to handle anything thrown at them. Hopefully the cherries are as tasty as advertised.

Still alive!
Jun 21, 2011  |  By Greg
I bought this cherry shrub last year and it seems to be doing very well here at 5300 feet and winter winds at -40, this seems to be a very hardy shrub! I haven't had any cherries yet, but I look forward to harvesting!

Size does matter...
Jun 11, 2011  |  By Susan
"I ordered this tree in the spring of last year. I knew it was a ""bush"" but yes, as others have told you it looked like a twig when I received it, but, the story doesn't end here. ONE year later (yes one) I was able to pick about 2 cups of cherries from my now five foot tall cherry bush. Next year, I think I will have enough for a couple of pies and some hungry ""critters"" as we call them in our state of Tennessee. The cherries are just tart enough for a pie, but sweet enough to eat right off the tree. I didn't expect a tree, I didn't want a tree, and I most certainly didn't order a tree. If you want a tree, order one. If you want a bush that will give you a bowl full of cherries the first year after you plant it, order this bush. I am thrilled. Thank-you Gurneys!"

May 18, 2011  |  By Cindy
I had its spot picked out in the yard before this tree arrived, 2-1/2 years ago. Spent the next 2 years trying to remember where I put it... Then this spring, it exploded in new growth and blossoms; it must be 3 feet tall, and the mid-April blooms have given way to quite a few rapidly blushing (and disappearing -- I think the birds have found them) fruits. It's a beautiful, round, kelly green tree, and I couldn't be more delighted. Thank you!

GREAT customer service!!
May 12, 2011  |  By Ben
"this review is mostly for the quality of customer service. will update my review in a few years when this produces fruit. arrived looking a little sickly, i called gurneys & they sent a great-looking replacement no questions asked! arrived about 9"" tall healthy with leaves"

Great little tree
Apr 19, 2011  |  By Carleen
I recieved this little plant last week it was packaged nicely. I quickly planted it in a pot. Looking forward to picking cherries in a few years.

Hardy and tart
Apr 7, 2011  |  By Jim
As many have stated this arrived smaller than expected. It took two years before I saw blossoms and I picked a few cherries on the tart side. The third year was worth the wait. I had a plentiful crop of cherries that were sweeter. This spring it is bursting with buds. I have it planted on the northwest corner of my house and have never experienced any die back or winter damage. This is a great bush for both fruit and shape once established.

Happy in the desert
Jan 10, 2011  |  By Bill M.
When this first arrived we had all joked about it. The so-called plant/tree was literally a twig! But being an avid gardener I'd tried it. I planted it next to a dwarf peach tree that was already 5 feet tall. So naturally it looked like a stick coming out of the ground. In its first year it did produce some small branching, and bright green glossy leaves but it was still under 12 inches tall. One day while harvesting my dwarf peach I accidentally stepped on it and snapped part of the plant. I did the proper repairs, and sure enough the next spring that carmine cherry came back. (this time with a fluorescent tag on it so we can see it Lol) With little or hardly any help. So it is quite hardy. Unfortunately my bush /tree is going into its third season and it is still only 18 to 20 inches tall? But it has branched out and it seems to be disease resistant. Hopefully it will fruit sometime in the year 2016 Lol! I will keep you abreast. I love this little plan for the fact it's such a fighter. Especially in the harsh desert climate that can reach 118° here in the summer it seems to flourish, and it's quite green.

tough little plant
Aug 6, 2010  |  By Cate
I live in Nevada where you can have a killing frost and 90 degree heat in the same week. Frankly, most plants simply don't make it here. But this cherry is a tough little plant. It has survived a harsh winter, several late frosts - even snow! - 100 plus degree temperatures and heavy, clay soil. I've only had it for two seasons, so I haven't seen fruit yet, but the bush is already nearly three feet tall and beautiful and healthy and glossy-green.

Hardy even in Kansas!
Aug 6, 2010  |  By Clark
This is a hardy cherry! They arrived and were barely 6 inches tall so I was a little concerned but planted them anyway. A year later they are 18 inches tall and thriving with no special care. I had not given them any fertilizer up until a few months ago and even then it was just cow manure! Try them I like them!

Hardy and Heavy Producer
Aug 3, 2010  |  By Cynthia
"I received one as a gift 4 years ago. The first winter it was eaten by rabbits down to about 8"". It bounced back and grew about 2 feet the next year. Today I harvested a gallon of berries and that was only from about a third of the tree. It is about 7 feet tall and still grows about 8-10"" per year. The blossoms are glorious in the spring. I'm in zone 3 and it doesn't seem to be suffering at all from our climate (or our wildlife). It is resistant to disease as well. All in all, I would say that I wish I had another one!"

Very hardy
Jul 20, 2010  |  By Terri
"I received one very thin plant of about 18 inches high last Fall but it looked healthy and I planted it. First, it was accidentally snapped off to about 10"" while we were raking leaves, then it was mown down by the lawn mower a few weeks later. It made it through the winter and was mown down again in the Spring but now it is a flourishing 10"" bush again, very healthy. If I can build a mote around it so people can see it, it might have the chance of doing something in a few years. I have been impressed at how hardy it has been."

Size continues to be hit and miss
May 31, 2010  |  By Matt Pedersen
"Reading all the reviews, I realized I should not expect a large plant, but frankly these were still smaller than expected, barely standing a total of 1 foot, no branching, and definitely thinner than a pencil. They also arrived with some damaged and dead leaves. However, they were packed extremely well, and knowing how difficult of a cherry this is to find currently, AND how desirable it may prove to be, I am cautiously optimistic. Being grown on their own roots instead of grafted, I'm curious to see if I can perhaps propagate more from suckers (I have no knowledge of how to do this, but curious about the possibilities). Indeed, being small, I feel these are going to be a bit of a gamble...yes, you're paying for the ""idea"" of a Carmine Jewel Cherry Tree at this point. It's gonna be a few years!"

after first winter (18th May 2010)
May 19, 2010  |  By Scott
"Ordered 2 Carmine Jewel sour cherries last spring. Finally received my two 12 inch twigs late in the fall. Given the high price I was not impressed by the very small size (1/8"" diameter stem). They survived the winter nicely and the buds sprouted nicely without any die-off over the winter (zone 4b, coldest temp -13F). Looking forward to seeing what happens this year and trying my first cherries in a few years. Much of the price may be that this is the only variety of an interesting line of (very hardy) Canadian sour pie cherry bushes available south of the border at this time, and only available at Gurney's."

Carmine Jewel Cherry Trees
May 8, 2010  |  By Kari Ferkul
"After reading the reviews saying that the Cherry trees would be ""very samll"" I was very pleased to find the 2 I purchased arrived approx 18 inches tall with many open leaves looking very healthy!!!!! Planted them, then had to dig them back up as many 31 degree nights and 3 inches of snow was coming May 7th.(didn't want to take any chances in losing them) "

Very Happy
Apr 29, 2010  |  By Jim
I was expecting a small twig from the reviews. I was happy to find 2 trees about 18 inches tall and full of branches and healthy leaves. I think some of the criticism about the tree size is unwarranted in these reviews. Remember, these only grow 6-7 feet tall. Do they expect to receive a full grown tree? Thanks Gurney’s, I will not hesitate to order from you again.

Apr 23, 2010  |  By Rj Roberson
The first cherry didn't do anything but was still alive after 3 monthes. I called Gurneys and they sent a new one no questions asked. The second one is blooming and doing great. Great service! Thanks.

Apr 13, 2010  |  By Donna Deming
Since I read the reviews, I knew to expect small plants. I was pleasantly surprised that they were much bigger than spaghetti:-) and they had leaf buds. I planted them right away and they are growing great! It's been 3 weeks, they have branched out and I'm very pleased.

I've had them 2 weeks and growing strong!
Apr 5, 2010  |  By Donna Deming
I received my 3 bush cherries at the end of March. Since planting the cherries, the leaves have opened and all three are thriving. The price for the cherry bushes was a big splurge for me, so I am pleased that they are doing so well.

Just arrived
Mar 26, 2010  |  By Joel Deavers
Through the years I've ordered many plants from a variety of places with some pretty sad looking plants arriving at my door. Well the Carmine just arrived yesterday, and I can tell you it is one of the healthiest looking plants I've ever ordered. Well done Gurneys.

Jan 12, 2010  |  By nick mozurkewich
I'll never know if this stick would have grown as I accidently snapped the twig while trying to plant it. therefore I can't really claim it as a defective tree.

So far-So good!
Jun 24, 2009  |  By Sue
Planted over 3 months ago. Yes they were small, but have grown to over 2 ft. tall and are very healthy plants(4) and look forward to fruit for 2010! Seem to be hardy thus far.

Mar 12, 2009  |  By Lisa L
Believe the reviews when they tell you this plant is SMALL!!! I ordered two in the Fall...expecting a small bushy plant in possibly a 6 inch pot...and received plants about 5 to 7 inches tall (in 1.5 inch pot) with the thickness of a piece of thin spaghetti. One was poorly packed and died, which Gurneys replaced. I guess I will see what kind of growth occurs over Spring and Summer, but definitely NOT worth but a small fraction of the price Gurneys is charging. I am very disappointed in size of plants received, and I am not sure that I will shop at Gurneys again (this was my first time).

Teeny tiny plant
Feb 23, 2009  |  By Adam
"I have ordered from Gurneys before and wasn't expecting this bush cherry to be as large as the Ranier Cherry tree I bought at the local garden center, but neither was I expecting it to be THIS small. It doesn't mention the size in the description except ""potted plant"". I was thinking maybe as large as the small citrus trees sold at the supercenter, but this was about a 1 1/2 inch pot with the thinnest little twig you can imagine about the length of my finger. These had better be some great cherries to be worth $30 for this tiny plant. I have started cuttings that are larger than this. If you are expecting something this small when you order it might not be that bad, but expect it to be small. Smaller than a tomato seedling, smaller than a pencil, about as big around as a piece of spaghetti, but only half the length. NOW I understand why it takes 4 years to get fruit."

Jul 23, 2008  |  By Danny Grogg
This plant produced 17 pounds of cherries in ONE month! Another good thing about it is that multiple plants make a great and productive hedge! Plus, the cherries are extra sweet when ripe!

Survived a Rabbit Attack
Jul 21, 2008  |  By Paul Charlesworth
I was really excited about this little plant (and it was little) when it arrived. I put it in a plant oasis pot and it started to do pretty well. Then winter came and went and I found half of the poor thing had been bitten off by a rabbit (usual evidence). Despite this setback the even smaller plant has put on about 8-10 inches of new growth this year and looks really healthy. I'm not sure how long it will be before I get fruit, but the plant seems happy enough. This winter it will be protected by a wire cage!

Mar 12, 2008  |  By Dan
Honestly; I did not think the plant would be that small when it arrived. I though more along the lines of a potted citrus tree at that famous [orange themed] home improvment store. Nonetheless; I just put it in the dirt and already the sprouting leaf buds are full of leaves. This is indeed a healthy plant, and hopefully I can get fruit in a few years. Top quality plant.

best cherry
Aug 16, 2007  |  By Gary
I have a dozen of these cherries and they are just now fruiting 2 years after planting them. They are what they advertise, a fantastic cherry here in my canadian 3A zone.

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