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Prunus tomentosa (Nanking Cherry)

Nanking Cherry is great for either the border or mass plantings. Both the flowers and fruits are lovely. The pink buds open into white, fragrant, flowers in mid-spring. Harvest an abundance of flavorful, tart cherry-like fruit in early summer, from beautiful dwarf trees. These plants will grow into wide, bushy trees or can be planted 4-5 foot apart to make an edible hedge. The 1/2 inch diameter fruit can be eaten fresh or used in pies or jelly and the fruit is relished by birds. A very hardy and attractive ornamental. Great for wildlife plantings and windbreaks.

If you’re looking to attract Birds and Wildlife to your landscape, look no further than this DeGroot plant group. The characteristics that make these species so visually appealing – showy flowers, stunning fruit, winter color – are some of Nature’s most powerful draws for the animal kingdom.

Turn your yard into a naturally balanced eco-system! Whether you choose one variety or one of each, you’re sure to enjoy these plants for a lifetime. They provide food, shelter, and nesting. Plant your backyard sanctuary today!


# Description Qty per Unit Units Available Price/Unit
PR610BAG Prunus tomentosa (Nanking Cherry) 25 19 $54.00
Retail-Ready Packages
BW025000 Shrubs for Birds & Wildlife Collection for Spring 25 14 $75.00

Plant Details +

Botanical Prunus tomentosa
Common Name NanKing Cherry'
Family Rosaceae
Size 12"-18"
Height 6-10'
Spacing 4-5' apart to form a hedge but can grow to 12-15' if grown separately
Hardiness Zones 2-9
Exposure Partial to full sun
Foliage Dark green
Flower Pinks to white
Bloomtime Mid-Spring

General Information +

General Characteristics: Prunus tomentosa is a broadly spreading, twiggy, and dense shrub. Leaves are alternate, simple, ovate with a narrower end basal to elliptic. The bark is an attractive, shiny reddish brown, with exfoliating layers. The dark green leaves are very fuzzy on their lower surface. Great for either the border or mass plantings, both the flowers and fruits are lovely. Rounded, deciduous shrub with white flowers and red fruit. Nanking Cherry can be used in the shade, but it flowers better in sun or partial shade. The flowers are borne briefly in early spring and are pale pink, fading to white. The red fruits are sour and eaten by birds. The plant is often purchased by homeowners as a smaller substitute for tart cherry.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: Plant in part sun to full sun. It is tolerant of drought and needs a well drained soil. The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly.

Pests or Diseases: No serious pest problems, but will exhibit symptoms of leaf spot diseases in wet seasons. Very prone to rabbit browsing.