Romeo Dwarf Cherry Tree
Self-Pollinating Sour-Sweet Cherry
Not every love story has to end as sad as poor Romeo's - especially when it's the love story between Romeo Dwarf Cherry Tree (Prunus Romeo) and you!
Romeo is a sweet/tart type of cherry, but not the kind that grows into a massive tree. It only grows 6 - 8 feet tall! It can fit into any garden space without any trouble. It looks like an ornamental shrub, so use it as such! Plant it in a border, bed or large container by the patio. It looks great along a fence or in your cutting garden. It even makes a great foundation shrub.
Romeo is newly available to home gardeners in the US and is destined to win over the hearts of cherry lovers everywhere. The deep crimson fruit comes after the tree has bloomed out in a profusion of classic white cherry blossoms in late spring. Even though the shrub is small, the fruit is full-sized, glossy and has sugar levels that are off the charts for tart cherries. It is exceptionally cold-hardy, too so it thrives further north that other cherries of its type.
The fruit has a high flesh-to-pit ratio which means more fruit per pound without as much weight from the fruit pits. (More juicy fruit for you!) Romeo is great to eat fresh out of hand, but try it for baking, canning, juicing and especially wine making!
Romeo is easy to care for and easy to harvest. Plant it with sweet Juliet Dwarf Cherry Tree for a true match made in heaven in your garden this year!
- Easy care, Sun loving
- Fits into any landscape
- True dwarf only gets 6-8 feet tall
- Beautiful spring flowers
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Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
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- Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
- Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.
Nature Hills Container Size by Volume
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|3.5" Container||Equal to||.67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Equal to||.87 dry quart / .96 dry liter in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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Dwarf, Self-Pollinating Sour Cherry with High Sugar Content
Through many years of development, cold climate cherry lovers can now enjoy a sweet selection of the beloved pie cherries. Sour-sweet cherries like Romeo and his partner tree Juliet, are destined to remain legendary.
At the University of Saskatchewan in the 1940's, Dr Les Kerr's breeding program started working with the cold hardiness of Prunus fruiticosa and the good fruit quality of the Prunus cerasus to produce a hybrid sour cherry. These varieties were cold hardy and would perform well in the harsh Canadian climate.
However, they lacked the higher sugar of the popular sweet cherry. Understanding market demands, Dr. Kerr began looking to produce cold hardy fruit with a higher sugar content.
After 50 years of breeding, the University of Saskatchewan released a group of cold-hardy, dwarf, high sugared selections of cherries called the Romance series, including Romeo and a sweeter variety called Juliet. These select varieties should not be mistaken for sweet cherries, they are in fact sour cherries with a high sugar content.
Romeo is a bush cherry that doesn't get taller than 12 feet. This is ideal for the commercial fruit growers in the colder climates where mechanical harvesting is necessary. This attribute is also appreciated by the home gardener, as well.
Romeo is a dwarf bush would fit into almost any landscape. Adding to the convenience for the home gardener, the Romeo Cherry is self-fruitful, so does not require a pollinizer.
The Romeo is a deep red, almost black cherry. Sugar content is measured on the Brix scale, and Romeo measures at 18 Brix, with is high. Romeo offers very good flavor and is recommended as a juice variety because of the dark color.
Romeo ripens late and is a unique improvement over traditional sour cherries. It eats well fresh but is still a tart sour cherry.
|Botanical Name||Prunus x kerrasis 'Romeo'|
|Mature Height||6 - 8 feet|
|Mature Spread||5 - 6 feet|
|Soil Type||Well drained|
|Moisture||Even moisture, water when needed|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Foliage Color||Dark shiny green|
|Fruiting Time||Summer into Fall|