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Carmine Jewel™ Bush Cherry

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Beautiful dark-red cherries. This bush produces attractive dark-red, tart nickel sized cherries. Fruit is most enjoyable when it is allowed to ripen to a deep red color on the bush. Great for use in pies, juice, dried, and fresh eating. Heavy yielder. Cold-hardy. Self-pollinating, but plant two or more for larger crops.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Small
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest July
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Tart
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 2 - 3
Zone Range 3 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 3 - 8
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The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 6 - 8' tall x 6 - 8' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 6 - 8' apart to ensure room for growth.


This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. Plant one of these varieties within 50' for best results.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow cherry trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Have had little luck with tree varieties. Will try something new before I give up on trying to raise sweet cherries in my region.
DAVID R on Mar 15, 2020
A dwarf
Yelena L on Mar 10, 2020
Have had little luck with tree varieties. Will try something new before I give up on trying to raise sweet cherries in my region.
DAVID R on Mar 15, 2020
Would like to try growing cherries as a container plant.
SharR on Mar 12, 2020
A dwarf
Yelena L on Mar 10, 2020
Wanted cherries but not a cherry tree, so I thought I would try these bush cherries.
Karen E on Feb 25, 2020
Fit my cold weather climate zone and we like cherries
Williaam W on Jan 4, 2020
I wanted a tart cherry in a dwarf size and this is the one that fit my needs and will go great alone my fence row.
R D C on Nov 19, 2019
Very Healthy
Marcell B on Oct 13, 2019
Hoping to have enough cherries for myself and the birds!
LOUISE R on Oct 11, 2019
The joy of cherries but in a small space; so excited to nestle these in the garden!
Regan T on Sep 30, 2019
We love the Carmine Jewel bush cherries! We own and operate an ice cream company and these cherries have the best flavor and color for ice cream. Also, they are easy to grow and maintain, easy to pick and produce lots of cherries for the bush size. All around fantastic cherry.
Daniel H on Aug 29, 2019
I choose this bush cherry because I have a small garden space and because it will be easy to pick from and protect with netting.
Jane W on Aug 24, 2019
Very cold hardy..Small size making it easy to care for and pick fruit.
Robert I on Apr 26, 2019
Using for edible landscaping.
Robert K on Apr 24, 2019
Short time to bear
Carol E on Apr 20, 2019
It was recommended as easy to grow and it made a good fruit wine.
William U on Apr 16, 2019
It's cheaper, Semi dwarf and reviews are good.
John G on Apr 11, 2019
I planted one of these Carmine Jewels several years ago. Despite my neglect (and loads of snow) it eventually grew into a sturdy low tree. It fruited the past two seasons and I absolutely loved the sweet, tart, juicy cherries. It was loaded with fruit--plenty for me and the birds. I moved, so I'm planting another!
Ethan S on Apr 10, 2019
Liked the dwarf growth habit.
Karen H on Dec 16, 2018
It's one of the only non-apple fruit trees that grows in Northern Minnesota Area 3.
Logan Y on Dec 2, 2018
a local winery suggested this for our area. i just like to try different plants to see how they will do in our northern great plains climate, precipitation and soils. i have currently 10 different shrubs planted and plan on planting 5 different spp this year. usually plant from 10 to 50 plants of each spp.
david g on Nov 24, 2018
Good producer for my area and does not take up a lot of space.
WARREN S on Nov 5, 2018
We have one and the fruit is so good that we wanted more.
Carl K on Apr 3, 2018
I know a little about the bush cherry breeding program in Saskatchewan which produced Carmine Jewel, and I want to see if, by chance, they'll do well in my heat and humidity.
GUY A on Mar 6, 2018
Variety was suggested by Kansas City Community Gardens.
Dick F on Mar 6, 2018
I have a Carmine cherry that produced fruit the 2nd year and even more the 3rd year, very tasty and very prolific. I wanted another one.
Margaret B on Feb 20, 2018
Would like to try growing cherries as a container plant.
SharR on Mar 12, 2020
Wanted cherries but not a cherry tree, so I thought I would try these bush cherries.
Karen E on Feb 25, 2020
Is it really bushy or does it look like a very small tree?
Elizabeth A on Feb 18, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. This is a bush that produces attractive dark red cherries.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Does this tree fruit on the branches like a Hansen bush cherry or on stems like a regular cherry tree?
Karen J on Jan 8, 2020
BEST ANSWER: On stems like regular cherry tree.

Customer Reviews

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Best Bush cherry, large fruit.
After 3 years my Carmine Jewel started producing. Now in it's 5th or 6th year is is loaded. Last year there were too many to pick and process(not a bad thing at all!). They are almost identical in many ways to my Monmorency dwarf cherry tree cherries, but much deeper dark red color, and producing more now. I think the tartness keeps birds away. I love them for a walkabout snack, on ice cream with hot fudge(Ted Drewes Cardinal Sin sundae taste-alike), or freezing for later-either pitted or not. I have yet to make a pie, but this year maybe will. :) Five stars on this one. Oh, and no disease or fungus problems at all, for me at least, and I lose trees every year to stuff like that. Very little pruning if at all required. Blooms are amazing. Mine started sprouting new bushes from runners after a few years, also not a bad thing at all. I tried digging and transplanting some this spring, but roots were not very great, so we'll see how that goes.
April 23, 2019
Carmine Jewel Bush Cherry
I recommend Carmine Jewel Bush Cherry because it is determined to grow. Planted in slightly amended clay, neglected after that, each branch cut back by a "helpful" neighbor in the fall, going through extremely cold weather this past winter - and it's still there and putting out new growth.
May 7, 2019
over 2 years ago
Carmine Jewels In Zone 7B
I have two of these that arrived in 2018 as twigs about six inches tall. I potted them in Miracle Grow potting soil and planted them in the ground the spring of 2019. Both were about 16 inches tall at planting. They are now roughly four feet tall at the end of July. The dark foliage looks great, but they haven't spread out much at all - still looking more like little trees. They had no blooms this spring, but they have grown prolifically. Nothing seems to bother them, and they are really nice looking plants. I alternated them with two Hansen bush cherries in a long row along the side of my 200 foot driveway, and actually prefer the look of them in preference to the drooping, bowing, branch look of the now much larger Hansen bushes - I purchased at the same time from Starks.
July 22, 2019
1 year ago
Good looking bush
I ordered these bush cherry plants last year and planted a few days after receiving . They showed up well packaged and they were leaved out . A week after planting we had a night temp of 21 F ; I thought they were dead . A few week later they were all leaved out and growing again , really cold hardy . This year I even have a cherry and they are 5X the size . Best online nursery hands down .
May 5, 2019
over 2 years ago
Easy to grow bushes and cold hardy
After their first winter in zone 3, 4 all my carmine cherry bushes survived well. No blossoms, but I suspect many next spring. Seem to be easy to grow.
May 3, 2019
1 year ago
Carmine Jewel
Ordered 2 one died a couple months after receiving but the other is doing great.
May 4, 2019
1 year ago