- Attractive year-round color
- Dense shrub great for borders, hedges or wildlife habitat
- Tart, tangy-flavored fruit similar to that of sour cherries
- Excellent for use in pies and preserves
- Pale pink or white flowers
- Ripens from July to August
- Well suited for cold winters and hot summers
- Zones 3 to 7
- Can't ship to: AK, AZ, CA, HI, OR, WA
Zones 3 - 7
The Nanking Cherry can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map.VIEW MAP
The Nanking Cherry falls into the following type(s): Ornamental Trees, Shrubs
6' - 10' High
The Nanking Cherry grows to be 6' - 10' feet in height.
The Nanking Cherry has a spread of about 15' at full maturity.
This tree grows at a medium growth rate. [More about this.]
This cherry does well in full sun.
The Nanking cherry adapts to a variety of soil conditions and pH.
This cherry has rounded shape.
The Nanking cherry is a lovely sight in early spring. The pink buds unfold into fragrant pale pink or white flowers. The profuse blossoms appear before the soft green leaves. The edible brilliant red fruits will ripen in early to late summer. The shiny, exfoliating, reddish brown bark is a distinctive attraction in winter. This is a vigorous adaptable shrub particularly suited to the cold winters and hot summers of the central and northern plains of the United States and Canada. The Nanking cherry can be used for shrub borders, hedge, windbreak filler, wildlife habitat, as a specimen or in masses.
Nanking Cherry is not self-fertile. Plant two or more shrubs within 100 feet to ensure cross-pollination. Closer spacing in a hedge row is preferable. This cherry is insect pollinated, so the shrubs' bloom times must be compatible.
The shrub provides habitat and the fruit attract birds and other wildlife.
The Nanking cherry is native to central Asia. It was introduced to the North America in 1882. Other common names are Manchu cherry, downy cherry, mountain cherry, Mongolian cherry and Chinese bush cherry, hedge cherry. The word tomentosa indicates the hairy nature of the underside of the leaf of this tree. The tart, tangy fruit can be eaten fresh or used in pies, jams, and jellies. This shrub is dwarfing stock for cherries. Its branches can be cut in mid-winter and forced to bloom indoors in early spring.
The Nanking cherry prefers well drained soil, but will tolerate drought and grows under semi-arid conditions.
The leaves are alternate, simple, obovate to elliptic with unequally toothed margins and dull dark green summer color, no fall color.
Pinkish buds change to pale pink to white, 3/4" fragrant flowers.
The edible fruits are scarlet, 1/3" across, nearly round ripening in June to August.
Fragrant white spring flowers, shiny, reddish-brown bark and scarlet fruit make this dense shrub a favorite for mass plantings or a border. This is a vigorous adaptable shrub particularly suited to the cold winters and hot summers of the central and northern plains of the United States and Canada. Grows 6'-10' high with a 15' spread. Plant two or more Nanking cherry shrubs for cross pollination. For a hedge, plant 4'-5' apart.(Zones 3-7)
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