Nanking Cherry

Nanking Cherry Prunus tomentosa

  • Nanking Cherry - Prunus tomentosa

Average Shipping Height: 1' - 1'6"
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The Nanking Cherry grows in zones 3-7.
Fragrant white spring flowers, shiny reddish-brown bark, and edible scarlet fruit make the Nanking cherry a favorite for mass plantings and borders. 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. And the dense branching pattern means the shrub is also well-suited for use as a windbreak filler, hedge, or wildlife habitat.

  • Provides attractive year-round color
  • Grows as a dense shrub
  • Produces tart and tangy scarlet-colored cherries from July to August that can be eaten fresh or used in pies, jams, and jellies
  • Blooms pale pink or white in the early spring
  • Is well-suited for cold winters and hot summers
  • Will be delivered at a height of 1'–1'6"

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Sun Preference

Full Sun,

Soil Preference

Drought-tolerant, Well-drained,

Wildlife Value

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, Chinese bush cherry and hedge cherry. The word tomentosa indicates the hairy nature of the underside of the leaf of this tree. Its branches can be cut in mid-winter and forced to bloom indoors in early spring.

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