Anyone needing un-stratified seeds, notify twelvepackterry@yahoo.com (not my real name, lol, and a junk email address). Are you growing them? The fruits are suitable for making jams, jellies, wines and pies. We love them when we can get them before the robins do. I don't have enough personal experience yet to give you any real answers, Jeff, but here are a few thoughts. Please forgive me. Odd that I've eaten them --- I just don't remember! The Nanking cherry is a lovely ornamental shrub with fragrant white flowers appearing before the leaves. If you decide you want to plant a few Nanking Cherry Bushes around your place, definitely give them adequate space to grow. Develops a lustrous orange or reddish-brown bark that exfoliates in thin strips of vertical curls with age. You've eaten these. 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. A bush type cherry, very hardy with above average size fruit for the Nanking. It tends to fill out right to the ground and therefore doesn't necessarily require facer plants in front, and is suitable for planting under power lines. more northern areas where traditional cherries can't be grown. Two years later the branches are touching with just enough space to stand between the bushes for harvesting. space. They make excellent jams and jellies. Were in Crossville Tennessee. Since the Nanking Cherry is a shrub, it can fit into parts As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. They are known as Yusura Ume in Japan (the word Ume being generally used to describe a plum, not a cherry) and we originally got our single plant about three years ago because my (Japanese) wife remembered eating the fruit from a tree in their garden as a child. Pollinating Nanking Cherries with a Sand Cherry bush. Where'd you get them? Didn't know what they were until now. Click on the They quit producing and several of them died. About 18 months ago my wife and I bought a house with a fabulous garden and this summer we noticed a bush up the back laden with red berries.. Best … Eric --- Sounds like you lucked into a winning variety! I got mine from Gurney’s. Remove the seeds from the pulp, air dry slightly, I definitely would like to plant more. The fruit themselves were somewhat astringent to begin with (before they'd turned completely red), which may account for some reports of "middling" flavour. pasture implications as well. We often see it planted as a hedge on the north side of a house where few other plants will survive, let alone thrive. cherries require little pruning. Flavor of the Nanking Cherry seems to be extremely variable, probably Nanking Cherry is a small deciduous shrub known for its attractive white blossoms and edible fruit. If you can’t find Nanking Cherry Bush plants locally, you can order them online. I live in zone 7 in Virginia close to Virginia beach. They can be planted in zones 3 to 6, which makes them a good choice in suited for use as a windbreak ller, hedge, or wildlife habitat. That am I doing wrong.. Nanking Cherry is a medium-sized shrub that is commonly grown for its edible qualities, although it does have ornamental merits as well. I hope theses plants dont die off they are so big and love the fruit off them. It is mid summer here right now. I find that they later you pick the berry, the more and better flavor there is. While I wouldn't rate them at the same level as a good cherry, they are very tasty when eaten fresh from the tree. They are also nice and sweet to eat off the branch. This year the one bush at the end lost all it’s leaves just when the berries started turning. I now live in a unique microenvironment near a fair-sized river, where the temp of the river influences my growing seasons. Alternatively, they can be planted four feet apart The Nanking cherry is native to central Asia. We are enrolled in the Amazon Associates program, so we may earn a commission if you purchase something from Amazon after clicking one of our links. They’ve been super easy to grow, and really aren’t picky about the soil they’re growing in. Its dark red berries are excellent for pies, jellies, and even fresh eating. With proper care and maintenance, they can live up to 50 years. I hope ours grow as fast as yours! Joy was first spread in early April as thousands of pinkish white flowers burst open along the stems, enough to almost completely hide the stems. Nanking Cherry Jelly This is a very delicious jelly that works in both sweet and savoury dishes. We are at about 3000ft altitude, get cold winters by Australian standards and moderate rainfall 900mm (about 36 inches) per year. vice versa. Will be interesting to see what comes up. hedge or windbreak. Just send them through a foley mill to take out all those pits.... Is there any chance my Prunus Besseyi / Sand Cherry bush will pollinate my Nanking cherry? And Anna, I never really concerned myself with the quality of the plant or species. The Nanking Cherry showed up And keep the waterproof pits you get after cooking them down, they’re great for bean bag games or to set camera on, if no level surface. Nanking Cherry, native to China is a medium to a large deciduous shrub that produces juicy small, shiny, red berries in late May to early June. Previous post: 2year plants For a small hedgerow, sheet mulching is a healthier approach. About 5 ft tall they flower each spring but I have yet to see any berries. Passers-by enjoyed the hedge of plants, which run along the driveway; some people even asked about the name of the plant. The flavor is a nice combination of sweet, tart, and tangy. The blooms came early, so the plants actually began bearing before the last frost. About 5 ft tall they flower each spring but I have yet to see any berries. Are these plants self pollinators? It combines the fine qualities of a beautiful flowering shrub and tremendously healthy fruit - all growing on a plant that will withstand some of the harshest climates known. Cherry for cross-pollination. The ripe fruit have a very pleasant sweet/sour balance with just the slightest hint of an astringent aftertaste. Syrup: use alone or mix with other fruits like apples or rhubarb, for pancakes or waffles, ice-cream or yogurt topping; sugar to taste with honey or cane sugar… I imagine the birds have enjoyed them as well. For a full hedge, plant 3 ft. apart. They make a lovely edible hedge. The last 2 years they produced like crazy. Apart from anything else, it was extremely beautiful, both when in flower and when laden with the bright red fruit. Using the Favorite childhood plant --- Good information about when to harvest the cherries for best flavor! =JYUSYQ1RO]]d? It is highly regarded as a shade-tolerant fruit. sweet cherries (though a quick search of the internet suggests that the on a list of edible hedge species, but I didn't know if the Nanking cherry is so tough that it will even grow under semiarid conditions and endure a snowless winter of -40°F followed by a scathing summer six months later. Does the Nanking Cherry taste like a Uncommon Fruits Worthy of Attention Comment by Jeff — Saturday afternoon, October 30th, 2010. they flower at the same time and should be the same species. How do I propagate the Nanking Cherry? cherry? but we dont know what to do with them other then eat them, it is such a tease that they produce such a small fruit but they taste so good. The Nanjing cherry (Prunus tomentosa) is a species of Prunus native to northern and western China (including Tibet), Korea, Mongolia, and possibly northern India (Jammu and Kashmir, though probably only cultivated there). Use as a hedge or spring specimen in the shrub border. I ordered 6 plants from gurneys I planted 3 plants in one hole and 3 in another. My seasons for any flower or plant in the spring are at least two weeks behind the plants in my area. It looks like Hansen’s cherries might set fruit later than Nankings, which would give you a longer harvest time. My children have greatly enjoyed our weekends home when they can sit out in the garden under the bushes, stripping the branches clean of their ripe red cherries and spitting the hard pits. About five years ago, I planted them out of sentiment for the plant. Edible fruits are dark red and excellent for pies and jellies. Pretty much every branch on the bush is loaded with cherries. I have a couple of these growing on my property. The Nanking Cherry is a large shrub and an early spring bloomer! I have 3 hedges I have been growing now for five years.they are still yet to put out any blooms never mind berries.they are very healthy and I maintain them pruning every early spring and after a the first hard frost.I keep them about 3 feet high by 2 feet wide.I live in southern Rhode island in the northeast, I live in western Montana and have a couple bushes in my yard this year my berries were so heavy the branches were almost breaking. Want Wife and homeschooling mother of four. You’re right about looking silly being spaced so far apart as dormant sticks. If you've tried them and have tasty plants, I'd love to They were just very short lived, according to what I read about them. permaculture favorite? Um, I don't know how to make that available to you. I got mine from Gurney’s. I posted pictures here: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1113515/. The Hansen's Bush Cherry (2 Pack) does well or is tolerant in Moist, Well-Drained Sandy, Drought-tolerant soil. We wouldn't mind sending some if you are still interested. Nanking cherry is also known as Manchu Cherry, Chinese Dwarf, and Downy Cherry. This year, I am finding that they north plants ripened first, then the west plants, and then the east plants (have noj plants to the south). Nanking Cherry is a broad, spreading shrub. Nanking Cherry as an edible hedge plant has forest permaculture favorite? Typically reaches 6-10 ft. in height (180-300 cm) and 12-15 ft. in spread (360-450 cm). A broad spreading, densely twiggy shrub, becoming more open and picturesque with age. This site may earn commissions when you click on certain links. Thank you so much for sharing that vivid description! The Hansen's Bush Cherry (2 Pack) grows well in USDA Hardiness Zones 4-8. I will eventually get to you if you title it "NanKing Cherries", but it may take time since I rarely check that address. This is a true edible ornamental that has been cultivated for 1000's of years throughout eastern Asia. It can be used as an ornamental, fruit producing shrub or as a wind break in a hedge row. Other common names are Manchu cherry, downy cherry, mountain cherry, Mongolian cherry, Chinese bush cherry and hedge cherry. They are used as an ornamental plant in gardens and also as a hedge and windbreakers. year. I’d read about what a beautiful ornamental shrub they make and how productive they are, and thought they’d be a perfect addition to our edible landscaping. Here's a good candidate to incorporate into an edible landscaping project. The scientific name for the Nanking Cherry is Prunus tomentosa. They were constantly buzzing with bees in early Spring. What do you think of the flavor of the fruits? RSS button after you add a comment to subscribe to the comment feed, or simply check the box beside "email replies to me" while writing your comment. The flowers are borne sessile along the stem. If you don't mind the plants not breeding true, seeds are easiest (and You're supposed to have two bushes for pollination, but it sounds like you've got that (and I can't imagine you getting cold snaps that kill the flowers in zone 7.) Is the Nanking Cherry a cherry? Any one have a suggestion? It is grown primarily for its showy white flowers which cover the plant in early spring. Self-seed but this plant is not considered invasive Performs best in full sun or part shade, in moist, well-drained soils. A three cup batch will make 3 1/2 cups of jelly. On large-scale properties, it might be necessary to till the hedgerow area before planting. Generally, the bushes grow about 8 feet high and wide and bear grape-size fruit with a refreshing flavor somewhere between sweet and tart. Shiny reddish-brown exfoliating bark and attractive scarlet red fruits adds seasonal interest. Ours have yet to bear, so I can't give you any cooking tips, but I'd think you'd be able to use them in any recipe that calls for cherries. lunchtime series. This means that your Nanking Cherries can't be pollinated by either of these species, just as sweet cherries won't pollinate sour cherries and vice versa. Here’s what the Nanking Cherry Bushes looked like in March. shrub) that tastes like a sweet cherry, but in the meantime I bought a couple of seedlings to get us started. circulation and keep branches productive. from cuttings.) Nanking Cherry is a moderately fast-growing shrub with a dense, upright, semi-spreading habit. Prepare the Planting Area . The word tomentosa indicates … Grown for both its spectacular show of spring blossom and it tiny tasty fruits which are used in jam, jellies, juices and wines as well as being pickled with vegetables. The cherry bushes are growing like crazy! garden fruit in the Russian Far East, where many named varieties In stark contrast, the Nanking Cherry is the most common Fruits Worthy of Attention, as usual, cut right to the More than one required for pollination. Nanking Cherry - Prunus tomentosa1-2 ft. plantsBeautiful flowers grace this shrub in early Spring, later developing into small sour cherries which are good for pies, jams and jellies. Nanking cherry plants are mainly cultivated for its fruits which are being used in the preparation of juice, jams, and jellies. ripening, treat the base with rooting hormone, then keep the cuttings Or take 8 to 12 inch hardwood cuttings of one year You should assume any link is an affiliate link. We planted three shrubs a year or two ago and are hoping for fruits soon so we can try them out ourselves. In the fall, I am two weeks or more later in freezing temps. How do I plant my Nanking Cherry? Nanking Cherry is a nutritious fruit high in Vitamin C and antioxidants. Are you sure they're both the same species and bloom at the same time? Be sure to plant more than one Nanking However, some . , but I didn't know if the Nanking Cherry (Prunus tomentosa) is in the same genus as cherries, plums, and peaches, but is a different species than either sweet cherries (P. avium) or sour cherries (P. cerasus). They’ve done well here in zone 7, I definitely plan on planting more around the garden where they can get full sun. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. to be notified when new comments are posted on this page? This year was the first time I noticed that there were actually berries. Some mail order nurseries sell bare root plants and will ship to Utah, and some sources sell Nanking cherry seeds. these species, just as sweet cherries won't pollinate sour cherries and The Nanking Cherry may be one of the most diverse fruiting plants known. It might be worth having both varieties to see if the season can be extended. I can’t wait to harvest them in a few more weeks! I just came out to Boise, Id and have been helping my mother with this elaberat garden she has gotten with the house she bought and discoverd these cherries. The tart, tangy fruit ripen in mid- to late summer and can be eaten fresh or used in pies, jams, and jellies. Please help. I'm stumped! The pit is quite large in relationship to the fruit size. Nanking Cherry will grow to be about 8 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. Any one have a suggestion? Another nursery that I’ve ordered from and have been happy with is Stark Bro’s, which carries a similar variety called Hansen’s Bush Cherry. For an edible privacy hedge, plant nanking cherries (Prunus tomentosa) 3 to 4 feet apart. Harvest an abundance of flavorful, tart cherry-like fruit in early summer, from beautiful dwarf trees. If you decide you want to plant a few Nanking Cherry Bushes around your place, definitely give them adequate space to grow. on a list of. Once full grown they can reach a height of 12-18 Feet and 4-6 Feet in spread. I PLANTED 3 nanking plants 4 years ago. They’re small fruits, about a 1/2 inch in size, with a pit in the middle. They’ve grown extremely quickly from the 12″ plants that I initially received. They were extremely beautiful in the spring, while in bloom. yearly late-winter pruning will help keep good air . Bushes are very upright and multi-stemmed with some reaching 15 feet tall and wide, although at maturity, most range between 8 and 12 feet. Songbirds find irresistible the cherry-like fruits they produce in summer. Prunus Tomentosa This excellent bush cherry is incredibly hardy and productive. I live in the New England area of Northern NSW, Australia. under a mist. I would be happy to send seeds and I just made some great syrup, The Nanking Cherry showed up The 1/2″ bright red fruit which ripen in early July are edible but a little tart for fresh eating. It dazzles in the landscape with first blooming a light pink and then transforming into beautiful white blossoms. Another bush on the property that we will make jam (or something) from is a pineapple guave (feijoa). They grow as shrub, not tree, and easily sprout from seeds, so we always have seedlings. Nanking Red Bush Cherry - Prunus tomentosa The sweetest of all the Nankings. Nanking cherries – great for beautiful, delicious jelly. Where can I grow the Nanking Cherry? Then the extended family made a ad hoc holiday of coming to pick the cherries for jellies and pies when the cherries were ripened. I moved to the other end of the state. seed. My wife is in the kitchen as I write this post boiling up the approximately 1kg (2.2lbs)we retrieved from the bush an hour ago. Uncommon It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years. Pruning: Unless maintaining a hedge, Nanking . Seedlings bear by the third Maybe I can propagate some cuttings? I have two 2-3 yr plants side by side . Thank you so much for posting such a great first hand experience, and such a kind offer! chase. (in Wisconsin) It was introduced to the North America in 1882. Let me try to respond to you in a more friendly manner, now that I remember that I posted here. These seedlings will grow into wide, bushy 10-12 foot tall trees or can be planted 4-5 foot apart to make an edible hedge. There seem to be several species of bush cherry out there. I have two 2-3 yr plants side by side . Eventually tracked down this website and it has allowed me to identify the bush as a Nanking Cherry. It provides a huge number of fruits early in life and is very reliable even with crazy spring temperatures. 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