The ion implantation of germanium into 4H-SiC at 1000 °C resulted in crystalline SiC:Ge layers that are coherently strained to the (0001) oriented 4H-SiC substrates. Germanium implantation energies of 140 keV and 50 keV were chosen to form approximately 100nm thick step-like SiC:Ge layers with Ge atomic fractions ranging from 0.0007 to 0.006. High-resolution x-ray diffraction (HRXRD) and reciprocal space mapping reveal a high-quality, compressively strained SiC:Ge layer. High-temperature annealing resulted in partial relaxation of the macroscopic layer strain, however the SiC:Ge layer remained strained with a coherent interface for annealing up to at least 1650°C. Because Ge is a group-IV atom like Si and C, its incorporation into the lattice is expected to act as an isoelectronic impurity, rather than a charged donor or acceptor. Thus, high-quality, SiC:Ge layers have the potential for bandgap and strain engineered electronics such as SiC-based high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) for RF-power electronics. Currently there is no established heterojunction pair in SiC material technology for fabricating HEMTs and other heterojunction devices.