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B Grade Nanking Cherry (Prunus tometosa)

B Grade Nanking Cherry (Prunus tometosa)

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1 Year Old Bareroot Seedling 

‘Grade B’ plants are smaller seedlings that finished the season a bit undersized to be considered ready for field planting for many folks. They are healthy and alive, but a bit small (usually less than 8") and able to get lost in the weeds quickly. They can be field planted to their final homes if you are on top of  watering, mulching, and weeding. We recommend  planting them in a home nursery bed to grow for one full season, develop much larger root systems and be very ready for tougher conditions and less care next year. This is an affordable and sensible way to start small so you can go big with your plantings.

Nanking Cherry (prunus tomentosa) is a fruit producing shrub yielding delicious small red fruits. The bright red cherries are slightly smaller than typical sweet cherries but will act as an overall more resilient tree compared to its more domesticated relative.

Nanking cherries are hardy, disease resistant plants from central Asia that are commonly grown throughout that region. Often grown as an ornamental Nanking cherries have beautiful form, colorful foliage and sharp red fruit making them a lovely aesthetic edition to any homestead or front yard. A reliable fruiting bush cherry even in spite of wonky spring temperatures (like early frosts). 

These cherries are perfect for a variety of dishes. They can be used in jams, jellies, pies, and tarts. Their unique flavor also makes them great for sauces and syrups. Like most cherries, Nanking cherries are rich in vitamins, particularly vitamin C, and antioxidants. Apart from their use for human consumption, these cherries also attract birds and other wildlife, adding to the biodiversity of your garden.

 

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The Tree

Height at maturity:4 meters

Hardiness Zone:

2

Water Requirements:

Average

Years to bear:

4-6

Solar:

Prefers full sun but can handle a bit of shade

Pollination:

Self fertile but will set better fruit with a friend nearby

Soil:

Highly adaptable

The Benefits

-Makes a great edible hedge
-Incredibly attractive veined leaves
-Great for pollinators, due to the fruit size being small the bush carries that many more blossoms

Additional info

-Nanking cherry is one of the most cold hardy cherry varieties available
-Cherries are small, about 1/2" in diameter
-Blossoms are very frost resistant compared to other fruit trees. Often crops are observed on Nanking's while everything else has next to nothing