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PlantFiles: Bush Cherries
Prunus japonica x jacquemontii

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Prunus (PROO-nus) (Info)
Species: japonica x jacquemontii
Hybridized by Meader


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring

Good Fall Color

Other details:
Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral coriaceous On Jan 6, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

I suspect that the "Romance" series bush cherries recently released by the University of Saskatchewan ('Carmine Jewel', 'Romeo', 'Juliette', 'Cupid', 'Valentine', and 'Crimson Passion') have superseded the Meader bush cherries ('Jan', 'Joy', and 'Joel').

The former are hardier and produce better fruit. They are larger shrubs, and I can't say which are superior as landscape ornamentals.

Positive fitzgeoff On Nov 22, 2013, fitzgeoff from Baton Rouge, LA (Zone 8a) wrote:

A convenient sized shrub with cherry blossoms in spring and foliage color in autumn, plus edible fruit for jam/jelly or pies. And it requires little or no maintenance in this area.

Neutral vossner On Apr 30, 2012, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Rated neutral as new in my garden. It is a bush cherry, w/ edible fruit but grown primarily for ornamental purposes. The plant produces glorious pink blooms which virtually cover the entire plant. It produces sour cherries, good for pie baking. I tasted one straight off the plant and it was quite sour. The fruit is supposed to be ready for picking in June (in my zone 9) and you can tell when ready b/c fruit is a very dark red.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Potsdam, New York
Richmond, Texas

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