Not every love story has to end as sad as poor Romeo's - especially when it's the love story between the Romeo Dwarf Cherry Tree (Prunus cerasus 'Romeo') and you!
Romeo is newly available to home gardeners in the US and is destined to win over the hearts of cherry lovers everywhere! Beginning with a profusion of classic white cherry blossoms in late spring, sometimes with a blush of pink, the floral show will draw admirers and pollinators galore!
The late summer to fall ripening fruit is deep crimson, juicy, meaty and delectable! Bred to resist splitting, the fruit is dark red through and through. You’ll soon be harvesting pounds of fruit without sacrificing space!
Even though the shrub is small, the fruit is full-sized, glossy and has sugar levels that are off the charts for tart cherries. 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!)
The leaves feature pointed tips and serrated edges, plus the glossy green foliage is oval and ornate right until autumn when they take on a touch of fall color before dropping to reveal the amazing Cherry tree bark and wonderful branching structure.
Romeo Sweet cherries are great to eat fresh out of hand, but try it for baking, canning, juicing and especially wine-making!
Just imagine stepping out onto your back patio and picking your own cherries for breakfast or revealing that sweet cherry pie at your next picnic!
Small and compact size, Romeo can be tucked into any existing garden or orchard with ease! Plant it in a border, bed or in your vegetable garden to provide a touch of shade and to call pollinators in by the droves.
Sized perfectly for planting on a sunny balcony and never too tall or large for rooftop gardening, or large container by the patio, this tidy and beautiful shrub fits anywhere with ease! You’ll also be able to keep the shrub close at hand for easy harvest.
It looks great along a fence or as the fence itself! Shielding your view with a hedge that neither you nor your neighbors will mind being blocked by! Plant as a screening or privacy, or just to have an ornamental row of these lovely plants that just happen to provide loads of sweet, healthy fruit for you and your family and friends (your neighbors too if you let them).
Be on the cutting edge of landscape design and use Romeo in your edible landscaping and front garden beds instead of hiding all your goodies in the back yard. Highlighting plants, trees and shrubs that look beautiful, are easy care and just happens to provide bushels of food for your table!
These lovely shrubs fit wonderfully among beds and borders, both front and back yard planting sites and are even pretty enough to use as specimen plants and accents.
Of course, gardeners far north and in higher elevations can enjoy these juicy fruits without worry the harsh winters will damage their trees! Cold hardy down to USDA zones 3, Romeo is incredibly hardy!
Snip a few branches in early spring to force the blooms indoors, allowing your floral arrangements to get a head start on spring. There's a good reason why there are entire Cherry Blossom Festivals devoted to these gorgeous blossoms!
The display of spring blooms, wonderful branching and foliage, and the dark crimson gems that appear in late summer to autumn, makes Romeo a plant for all seasons!
The sweet dark cherries are fantastic in all your favorite recipes and the fruit and juice are both loaded with health benefits!
These trees do best in full sun, this way you’ll enjoy the most blooms and best fruit! Thriving in 6-8 hours of direct sunlight a day, anything less and you will have a weaker, spindly plant and fewer tasty fruit.
Exceptionally cold-hardy, thriving in USDA growing zones 3-7, much further north than other cherries of its type. Romeo does amazing in some very harsh conditions. Add Nature Hills Root Booster while planting for a life-long symbiotic relationship with the tiny feeder roots.
Without much preference on what type of soil it’s planted in, any well-drained soil will do, however enriching your site with lots of organic matter and compost will give your Romeo Cherry a boost.
Romeo is easy to care for and easy to harvest. For best results, fertilize your tree regularly with Dr. Earth Fruit Tree Fertilizer or a good organic, slow-release fertilizer.
Give it an even amount of watering to keep the soil moisture consistent, especially when growing fruit and in times of drought. Mulch the root system surface well to provide more even soil moisture and to insulate the roots from heat and cold.
With a medium growth rate, this low-maintenance shrub won’t need much work from you. Occasional pruning to keep an open canopy and allow airflow and sunshine into the interior, and late winter pruning for shaping and to remove damaged, diseased or dead limbs is all that is needed.
While self-pollinating, you’ll get a much larger crop if you pair your Romeo with a pollinator partner. Who better for Romeo than pairing it with the sweet Juliet Dwarf Cherry Tree for a true match made in heaven in your garden this year! You'll fall in love with the larger harvest from the pair of them grown near each other. They were indeed made for each other!
Order a Romeo Dwarf Cherry Tree from NatureHills.com today and start your own romance, only this time with a much happier ending!
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.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
|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||.65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|Sprinter Pot||Equal to||.63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Ranges from||.31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume|
|6" Container||Equal to||1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters 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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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 cerasus 'Romeo'|
|Mature Height||6 - 8 feet|
|Mature Spread||5 - 6 feet|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Soil Type||Well drained|
|Foliage Color||Dark shiny green|
|Harvest Time||Late Season|
|Fruiting Time||3-5 Years|
|When To Prune||Late Winter|