A dense medium-sized deciduous shrub valued for its cold-hardiness and its early bloom, this Asian native bears masses of scented pale pink flowers in earliest spring. Edible round red fruits follow the flowers. The reddish-brown bark provides winter interest. The oval leaves have fuzzy undersides.
This tough shrub relishes sun and well-drained soil, and thrives in areas with cold winters. Use it where its early flowers can be seen and smelled. It is also a candidate for the edible garden.
Thrives in a well-drained moisture-retentive loamy soil, growing well on limestone. Prefers some lime in the soil but is likely to become chlorotic if too much lime is present. Grows well in partial shade, though it fruits better when in a sunny position. Requires a sheltered position. Thrives in hot summers. Cultivated in Asia for its edible fruits, there are some named varieties.
The fruits are not freely borne in Britain. The flowers are produced on the previous years growth. Most members of this genus are shallow-rooted and will produce suckers if the roots are damaged. Plants in this genus are notably susceptible to honey fungus.
Genus - Prunus Species - Tomentosa Common name - Nanking Cherry Other names - Manchu Cherry Pre-Treatment - Required Hardiness zones - 3 - 7 Height - 5-10' / 1,50 - 3 m Spread - 7-15' / 2 - 4,60 m Plant type - Shrub Vegetation type - Deciduous Exposure - Full Sun Growth rate - Medium Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral Soil type - Loam, sand, well drained Water requirements - Average Water Landscape uses - Edible, Hedges, Mixed Border Leaf / Flower color - Green / Pink Plant growth rate - Medium