Nanking-bush-cherry, nanking cherry (prunus tomentosa) is a central asian species of bush cherry tree native to china, japan and the himalayas. they were introduced into the u.s. in 1882 and are winter hardy in usda zones 3 to 6. the nanking cherry is a fast-growing species that sets fruit within two years.. Rating content; positive: on may 6, 2019, loveysgarden from de soto, ga wrote: i planted 5 very small nanking cherry seedlings in the spring of 2017. four of these survived, bloomed heavily, and produced a decent crop of cherries the following spring., 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, chinese bush cherry and hedge cherry. the word tomentosa indicates the hairy nature of the underside of the leaf of this tree..
Nanking cherry is a fruiting cherry bush that produces edible cherry fruit for both wildlife and human consumption. the fruit of the prunus tomentosa is commonly used in pies and jellies and is a good choice for wildlife plantings and windbreaks., nanking bush cherry sets fruit its first year early and productive, nanking bears sweetly scented spring flowers that developed in large crops of sweet fruit in july. grow as a wide spreading bush or prune into a small tree..
Though often called a "cherry" and superficially resembling them, nanking cherry is closer related to plums than true cherries. it prefers full sun and grows naturally in a variety of soils. it is drought-resistant, and cold-resistant to hardiness zone2., nanking cherries are sometimes referred to as manchu cherry, downy cherry, mountain cherry, mongolian cherry, or chinese bush cherry, but are not to be confused with the very similar meader bush cherries.. Nanking bush cherry plants are not your typical cherry trees. they are smaller, growing to a mature size of 6 to 8 feet tall and branching out 4 to 5 feet wide. they arrive from nursery providers as bare-root stock 12 to 18 inches tall., the nanking cherry is a large shrub and an early spring bloomer! it dazzles in the landscape with first blooming a light pink and then transforming into beautiful white blossoms. develops a lustrous orange or reddish-brown bark that exfoliates in thin strips of vertical curls with age..
This excellent bush cherry is incredibly hardy and productive. it provides a huge number of fruits early in life and is very reliable even with crazy spring temperatures. one of the very first things to flower in the spring, filling the air with a beautiful scent and providing early browse for the bees.