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Nanking Bush Cherry


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Nanking bush cherries are the earliest fruit to ripen, after the lovely, prolific, bee-friendly blooms give way to the small, sweet-tart little cherries. In KY they ripen around early May! Grows only to a very manageable 7-8 ft tall and wide. Make a great hedge, wildlife planting, honey bee plant and also are just wonderful for small spaces, backyards, gardens and children’s gardens. Trouble-free. Needs no spraying or pruning. Easy to grow! Extremely cold hardy down to USDA zone 3, possibly even 2!! The fruits are useful for fresh eating and jams, pies, etc., however they are small. They are true cherries but are a fascinating bush species originating in the cold, harsh Nanking mountains of China. You must have more than 1 Nanking cherry seedling to cross pollinate to get fruit, so plant at least 2-3 bushes about 7-10 ft apart. Does best in full sun, but will still produce in partial shade. Really neat! You will receive 2 Nanking cherry seedlings for excellent cross-pollination.

Trouble free and very easy to grow. All of our cherry trees are FIELD-GROWN for high-quality and have excellent, robust, natural root systems. CANNOT SHIP TO CA, WA, OR.


Uses: Nice for early season fresh eating. Jams, pies, processed foods are all a possibility. Good very early season HONEYBEE plant.

Resistant to: Nanking cherry has strong resistance to both with insect or diseases. Brown rot in very wet seasons can be present. Extremely cold hardy to zone 3 (maybe 2).

Pollination: Need more than 1 seedling Nanking cherry for pollination and fruit set. Honeybees like this plant.

Site Selection: A full-sun, well-drained location with medium soil fertility. Keep weeded and watered in drought.

Plant Size: 12-18″ tall BUNDLE of 2 Nanking Cherries

Zones 3-7



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