Carmine Jewel Cherry: A True Jewel of a Fruit Tree

Carmine Jewel Cherries

I was laying in my hammock earlier this week breathing in the sweet scent of cherry blossoms from my Carmine Jewel cherry tree. Enjoying the warm afternoon in my hammock is one of the primary joys of creating a private oasis in the city.

I planted my cherry tree two years ago, and I have visions of it growing to be it’s full height of 3 meters and shading the hammock with it’s long waving branches. This cultivar can be grown as a bush – it’ll grow to about 6 feet tall and 6 feet wide – or it can be trimmed to a more tree-like form. Mine was carefully pruned by the growers (Bylands in British Columbia) to create an appealing shape that will some day provide not only a beautiful display of white springtime blossoms, but a productive and attractive shade tree.

The Carmine Jewel (Prunus cerasus ‘SK Carmine Jewel’) was developed at the University of Saskatoon in Saskatchewan, Canada. A cross between Mongolian Cherry and the Tart Cherry, it’s hardy to zone 2a and has done well for its two winters here with me in Edmonton. It’s self-fertile, so I don’t have to worry about it being pollinated by a like-minded cherry elsewhere in the neighbourhood.

It will have tart cherries by mid-July which will mellow into a smoother tasting fruit by mid to late August. I prefer to pick them later on for eating fresh, but earlier for making jellies. I’ve heard they make great pies.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Carmine Jewel Cherry Jelly

Recipe:   Carmine Jewel Cherry Jelly

6 cups cherries

1 cup water

1 pkg powdered pectin

4 1/2 cups sugar

Wash and stem cherries and place in saucepan with water. Bring to a boil and simmer 15-20 minutes until soft. Mash fruit to press out juice and strain. Combine juice (approximately 3 1/2 cups) with pectin crystals. Heat on high and stir until boiling. Stir in sugar and bring to a vigorous boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Pour in sterilized jars and seal.

Carmine Cherry Blossoms

Carmine Jewel in Blossom

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8 thoughts on “Carmine Jewel Cherry: A True Jewel of a Fruit Tree

  1. Thanks for sharing this! This is the first year my Carmine Jewel has really produced. I will keep in mind about leaving them until August for sweeter cherries or picking earlier for jam/jelly!

    • The tree was about three years old when Ibought it at the nursery. It prodeced a bucket of fruit that year and about the same each year since (2 further seasons). It smells so wonderful in the spring…I can’t wait until it flowers this year.

  2. I replied 2 years ago thanking you for your info on this shrub. I have now picked over 6 lbs of fruit off our bush, which has grown to 10′ tall and 10′ wide (netting it is a nightmare but the robins enjoy it too much not to net it). I have only picked about 1/2 the fruit as there is much left that is not ripe. I intend to make jelly with this picking but will try to keep some for later on to see how they sweeten with age. Our season is exceptionally early this year with our mild Manitoba winter and a near perfect growing season so we are ahead of the normal time for these cherries to ripen. I hope your tree continues to bear well.

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