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Prunus tomentosa (Nanking Cherry)

Nanking Cherry, Korean Cherry, Manchu Cherry, Downy Cherry, Shanghai Cherry, Ando Cherry, Mountain Cherry, Chinese Bush Cherry, Chinese Dwarf Cherry


Extremely winter hardy, Prunus tomentosa (Nanking Cherry) is a very desirable, deciduous shrub with showy flowers, tasty fruits and eye-catching exfoliating bark. Opening from pink buds in early spring, as the leaves begin to unfold, masses of fragrant white flowers, up to 1 in. wide (2.5 cm), literally cover the stems. The bright red stalks and calyx make a lovely contrast with the white petals. They are followed by a profusion of edible, scarlet fruits which ripen in early-mid summer. Their refreshing flavor, somewhere between sweet and tart, can be enjoyed when eaten fresh from the shrub or in pies, jams or jellies - unless they have already been devoured by hungry birds. The foliage of serrate, obovate to elliptic, dark green leaves is downy underneath (hence the common name 'Downy Cherry'). Nanking Cherry develops a lustrous dark reddish-brown bark that exfoliates in thin strips of vertical curls with age. Vigorous, Nanking Cherry adapts well to cold winters, hot summers and drought. Be sure to plant more than one Nanking Cherry for cross-pollination! 

  • Nanking Cherry is a moderately fast-growing shrub with a dense, upright, semi-spreading habit. Typically reaches 6-10 ft. in height (180-300 cm) and 12-15 ft. in spread (360-450 cm). Self-seed but this plant is not considered invasive
  • Performs best in full sun or part shade, in moistwell-drained soils. Drought tolerant once established. Tolerates considerable wind and dryness
  • Generally pest and disease free. May be occasionally affected by mites.
  • Perfect choice as a single specimen plant, in mass plantings, shrub borders, or as hedges or windbreaks (thanks to its densely branched habit). 
  • Prune as needed after flowering
  • Propagate by cuttings, root suckers or seed
  • Native to China, Japan, and the Himalayas.

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Requirements

Hardiness 2 – 7
Heat Zones 1 – 7
Climate Zones 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 10, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Prunus - Flowering Trees
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 6' – 10' (180cm – 3m)
Spread 12' – 15' (3.6m – 4.5m)
Spacing 144" (360cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Japanese Garden, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 2 – 7
Heat Zones 1 – 7
Climate Zones 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 10, A1, A2, A3
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Prunus - Flowering Trees
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Summer (Early,Mid)
Height 6' – 10' (180cm – 3m)
Spread 12' – 15' (3.6m – 4.5m)
Spacing 144" (360cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Drought
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Japanese Garden, Traditional Garden

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