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Nanking Cherry

Will Ship Spring 2024

Plant Type: Dormant, bare-root

Zones:  4-8

Soil Type:  Clay, Loamy & Sandy Soils

Site Selection: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Mature Height & Width:  6-10' Height and 10-15' Spread

Growth Rate:  Moderate - 12-24" per year on average

Moisture Requirements: Average

Plant Characteristics

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.

This selection is also 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 this bush produces are edible right off the plant and are typically used in jams and pies. The bark on the Nanking Cherry is an attractive brown color.  Its peeling bark gives the bush nice winter interest. This selection in drought tolerant once established.

Common uses for the Nanking Cherry include:

  • 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.

Product Questions

Where is the SKU #
Question by: barbara janunas on Mar 26, 2022, 11:50 AM
The SKU is BNC-S1
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Mar 28, 2022, 10:11 AM
What spacing would you recommend for planting nanking cherry as a windbreak hedge around a garden in an open field area? And as a lower-story windbreak?
Question by: Steve Sweeney on Jan 18, 2023, 12:25 PM
We advise half the mature width of the tree for windbreak.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Jan 18, 2023, 12:43 PM