Nanking Cherry

Prunus tomentosa
Size: #5
8 feet high x 8 feet wide
Blooms in May, ripening in July
Rounded shape
Zone 3
Full Sun to Shade

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Nanking Cherry is a reliable stand by with a proven track record for Wyoming conditions. Fragrant white spring flowers, shiny, reddish-brown bark and scarlet edible fruit make this dense shrub a favorite for mass plantings or a border. Plant two or more Nanking cherry shrubs for cross pollination. For a hedge, plant 4 to 5 feet apart. Nankings can be grown as a large, wide-spreading shrub or pruned as a small tree. It is native to northern China, the Himalayas, and Japan. This cherry is very cold hardy, withstands winds, has low water needs, is alkaline soil tolerant and drought tolerant. It will grow in shade but blooms better when grown in full sun to partial shade. Fruit is perfect for jams and jellies!

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Throughout this site, the following are used as guidelines for watering established plants:

water_drops_icon  These truly xeric plants can live with our 12 inches of natural annual precipitation and only need a winter watering during a multi-year drought, but they will thrive with a monthly watering. Overwatering will kill some of these.
water_drops_iconwater_drops_icon  These plants are adapted to intermittent deep watering with soil drying to a depth of a few inches between waterings. Watering frequency may be every couple of weeks during the active growing season and maybe only one winter watering for optimal care.
water_drops_iconwater_drops_iconwater_drops_icon  These plants need regular watering somewhat like a bluegrass lawn so that they never dry to depth in the root system during the active growing season, and need occasional winter watering to prevent root dessication and resultant plant death.

About sizes of our plants:

Sizes indicated with a # are roughly the equivalent in gallonage; so a #2 is about a 2 gallon pot size; b&b stands for balled and burlapped.