Bush Cherries - Jan and Joel
These are compact, growing generally as 4'x4' shrubs, providing a profusion of beautiful blooms and a SERIOUS crop of cherries when they start producing. Yields can be in the range of 8-10 pounds per shrub. The shrubs are filled with fruit in the late summer and in fall have a striking crimson red color, providing for a beautiful landscaping shrub.
The fruits are firm and good for fresh-eating or processing as sour cherries, made into jams, preserves, pies, juices, or syrups. Bush Cherries were hybridized and developed by the late Elwyn Meader of Durham, New Hampshire. Meader's intention for breeding them was to provide a late-ripening cherry fruit which would have a more compact form and not be susceptible to spring frosts.
They tend to ripen in late August to early September, which also helps them to avoid bird predation/pressure.
They prefer well-drained soil and should be planted about 3-4' apart. They should receive at least 6 hours of sun daily.
Jan and Joel are similar plants, however Joy is self-fertile, while Jan requires Joy for cross-pollination and better fruit set.
Take a look at the plants we have to offer and learn more in this video on our Youtube channel.
Height at maturity: 4'
Spread at maturity: 4'
Hardiness Zones: 3-8
Container Size: 3.25"
Height at time of sale: 4-12"