Photo by Kathy Wiederholt

These small (8-12 ft tall) fruit trees are cold-hardy (to zone 2) and produce delicious dark fruits that are great fresh or processed.  They too are a source of several important nutritional compounds, including antioxidants such as anthocyanins.  They can be as high as blueberries as far as antioxidant levels. Much of the breeding/development has been done by the University of Saskatchewan.  Extensive varietal information is presented in a U Sask grant report. Note, however, that they are slower to mature than the shrub-type fruits that we’re testing.  Most produce a few berries in year three and don’t reach maximum production until year 5 or 6. An abundance of information can be found at the Carrington Research Extension Center.

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 Photo by Kathy Wiederholt 






WARC Trial  


 Four varieties are being evaluated at four sites in this trial. They are Romeo, Juliet, Crimson Passion, and Carmine Jewel. An additional variety is being tested at WARC. It is the Lutowka Rose Cherry, a Morello cherry, common to Poland.







Variety Fruit Comment Availability
Romeo Dark red, similar to carmine Jewel but later harvesting

One of the best for juice

HoneyberryUSA, Gurney's

Henry Fields

Juliet Dark red, larger fruit with higher Brix- early bloom   HoneyberryUSA
Crimson Passion Dark red, firmer fruit than others. Sweetest (22 brix), large fruit (6 grams)   HoneyberryUSA
Carmine Jewel Dark purple, early ripening (late July-early August) Best pie cherry Gurney's / Henry Fields
Lutowka Rose Very dark skin, flesh, and juice. Complex flavor. Early maturing. Suitable for desserts or savory dishes HoneyberryUSA