Episode 7: No Room for a Cherry Tree? Try a Dwarf Cherry Shrub

Dr Bob Bors of the University of Saskatchewan was on the team that developed and released the Romance series of shrub cherries that grow well in cold climates.

Dr Bob Bors of the University of Saskatchewan was on the team that developed and released the Romance series of shrub cherries that grow well in cold climates.

No room for a huge cherry tree in your yard? Consider planting dwarf cherry shrubs developed by the fruit breeding program at the University of Saskatchewan. In this podcast we will chat with program head Dr. Bob Bors who worked with a team to bread and introduce the Romance Series of Cherries.

We will also talk to Loretta Bors, Dr Bors wife, who worked with a group of colleagues to write the award winning cherry cookbook “Cooking with Cherries from the Prairies” (by Cecilia Kachkowski, Loretta Bors and Lily Sawatzky).

And also in the studio will be Virginie Gysel, founder of Transition Toronto and Transition Guelph’s TreeMobile project, a volunteer project that distributes and sells carefully chosen fruit tree varieties – including some of Dr Bors cherry shrubs – to the people of Guelph, Cambridge, Richmond Hill and Toronto!

The Urban Forestry Radio Show and Podcast is hosted by Susan Poizner,, creator of the award-winning fruit tree care portal www.orchardpeople.com and author of the award-winning fruit tree care book “Growing Urban Orchards”.

What You Will Learn About Dwarf Cherry Shrubs in this Episode

  • What are the origins of the “Romance Series” of cherries?
  • How are new cherry varieties developed?
  • Why was it considered impossible for cherries to successfully grow in Saskatchewan?
  • How do you prune dwarf cherry shrubs?
  • How were the Romance Series varieties named?
  • How much sun exposure do dwarf cherry shrubs require?
  • What irrigation methods should be used for dwarf cherry shrubs?
  • What is bacterial canker?
  • What diseases are most common among cherry trees?
  • How large do dwarf cherry shrubs typically grow?
  • What kinds of recipes are featured in “Cooking with Cherries from the Prairies”?

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