Introduced in 1991, “Redstone” is an improved strain of Carnelian Cherry bred in the USA for larger fruit and heavier bearing than the wild type. Originating from Central Europe, people have been enjoying its fruits for thousands of years as archeologists found seed of in Neolithic hearths 7,000 years old. Its single seed makes easy to pit when making sweet and savory dishes and its high pectin makes it excellent for preserves. Trouble free & easy to grow. Its month long late winter bloom of sweet scented masses of yellow flowers are a boon to pollinators. The leaves are typically dogwood, but the fruit is unique. In autumn the leaves become vivid red with purple tones. Protect from deer. Self fertile.
- Hardiness Zones: 4-9
- Height x Width: 4m x 4m
- Plant Type: deciduous woody fruit tree
- Habitat: Full to semi sun; well draining moist humus rich acidic soils
Care: ideal planting site is in moist, acidic, well-drained soil. When seating your tree, add some of compost or organic material at the bottom of the transplant hole (should be 45 cm in diameter and as deep) along with a handful of low nitrogen fertilizer and mix with parent soil but be aware that direct fertilizer-root contact causes root burn and sets back growth. Tease roots from the ball while filling the soil, tamping ever so gently. Water regularly especially during summer drought and mulch will conserve soil moisture, keep roots cool and control weeds Although it is moderately adaptable to dry sites, it needs regular watering during drought until it is established (1-2 years). While it prefers full sun but tolerates some partial shade. Watch the birds don’t harvest your crop before you do!