Plant of the Week - June 14, 2012 Romance Series Cherries

Romance Series Dwarf Cherries

The University of Saskatchewan’s Dr. Bob Bors and Rick Sawatsky created and released a successful series of hardy dwarf sour cherries that can be grown in the prairies.  The Romeo, Juliet, Valentine, Crimson Passion and Cupid are all apart of the Romance series.

Sour cherries tend to be more hardy than their sweeter cousins shipped from British Columbia.  The Romance Series cherries we designed to tolerate milder summers and colder winters than lapins, bing or stacatto cherries.  But don’t be fooled by the name, these "sour" cherries actually rate equally if not higher on the Brix scale for sugar measurements.  The Crimson Passion and  Romeo weigh in at 22Bx, Juilet at 20Bx and Cupid at 19Bx on the Brix scale.  To give you some sweet perspective, a "sweeter" cherry is usally picked at 20Bx when being shipped for sale in your grocery store.  The longer you leave your cherry on the tree the sweeter it will be.  So growing a sour cherry tree means nothing of the sort, we should call it the Hardy cherry.  

Each of these cherries have some distinctive traits but with very similar qualities.  Some are these cultivars are better for fresh eating, others are good for processing and juicing.  If you are interested in fruit from July to mid September consider planting all of the varieties.  Each cultivar has about a three-week harvest period.  You should expect to see some fruit three years after planting, with greater yields after five years and peak capacity after seven years.  For more detailed notes read more about these individual cultivars that Bylands grows below.

Juliet Dwarf Cherry
A University of Saskatchewan introduction that is an ideal cherry for colder climates. Enjoy bountiful harvests of delicious fruits from an easy to reach compact plant. Read more...

Romeo Dwarf Sour Cherry
Very hardy fruiting cherry introduction from the University of Saskatchewan.  Great for processing and fresh eating. Read more...

Valentine Dwarf Cherry
A new, hardy cherry from the University of Saskatchewan.  White spring blossoms provide an attractive display, followed by clusters of medium red fruit which ripen in late summer.  Read more...

Cupid Dwarf Sour Cherry
Enjoy bountiful harvests of delicious fruits from an easy to reach compact plant.  Read more...

For anyone interested in the argicultural industry, Statistics Canada wrote an article on Sour Cherries as an emerging market. To read that article click here