Nanking Cherry 12-24" Seedlings

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Nanking Cherry 18-24" Seedlings

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Nanking Cherry

Prunus tomentosa

The Nanking Cherry is a beautiful rounded ornamental shrub that provides year round color.  In early spring, pink buds open up into fragrant white or pale pink flowers.  As the flowers fade, soft green leaves emerge.  Brilliant red berries appear and ripen in early to late summer.  The Nanking Cherry produces edible cherries commonly used for jams and pies.  The bark on this shrub is shiny and reddish brown in color and naturally exfoliates.  A vigorous shrub, the Nanking Cherry is well adapted to both cold winters and hot summers.  Some self polination may occur, but planting multiple bushes will produce the largest yield.  Excellent for wildlife. 

  • Zones
    4 to 8
  • Soil Type
    Clay, Loamy & Sandy soils
  • Site Selection
    Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Mature Height & Width
    6-10' Height and 15' Spread
  • Growth Rate
    Medium - 10-18" per year on average
  • Moisture Requirements
    Average to moist but well drained

Product questions

  • Jim Marchel
    Feb 21, 2018, 10:20

    How big are the cherries on a Nanking cherry in comparison to a Montmorency cherry?

    Feb 21, 2018, 10:43

    The Nanking Cherry is not self-fertile. It produces grape-size fruit. The Montmorency Cherry is self-fertile and produces medium size fruit.

This selection is sometimes known as the Korean cherry, Manchu cherry, Downy cherry, Shanghai cherry, Ando cherry, Mountain cherry, Chinese Bush cherry, Chinese Dwarf cherry, or Hansen's Bush Cherry.

The Nanking Cherry is a rounded, upright and spreading shrub.  The cherries that this bush produces are edible right off the plant, but typically used in jams and pies.  The bark on the Nanking Cherry is an attractive brown color and peels.  This gives the bush nice winter interest.  This selection in drought tolerant once established.

Common uses for the Nanking Cherry:

  • Edible cherries used in pies and jams
  • Great selection for your hunting property
  • Many types of wildlife enjoy the cherries
  • Often used as a hedge or shrub border
  • Lower story of a windbreak
  • Brown bark peels and provides winter interest

The Nanking Cherry is a must have for your hunting property or wildife viewing area.  The bush is dense which provides nesting cover and shelter for a host of birds and small mammals.  The cherries are loved by many types of wildlife including mule deer, whitetail deer, wild turkeys and hares.

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