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Nanking Bush Cherry

Nanking Bush Cherry

Sets Fruit its First Year

Early and extra productive! Produces sweetly scented spring flowers and tremendous crops of tasty fruit. Bears up to 8 qts. of bright red cherries; ripens in July. Grows 6-8 ft. high; looks good in a hurry. For best yield, plant two or more. Zones 2-8.
  • Zone 2 - 8
  • Height 6 - 8 feet.
  • Light Requirements Full sun.
This item ships in Spring.
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  • 08502
  • 12-18 in.-3 plants per offer
  • $15.99
  • 08501
  • 18-24 in.-3 plants per offer
  • $19.99

Product Details

  • Botanical Name: Prunus tomentosa 'Nanking'
  • Height: 6 - 8 feet.
  • Spacing: 6 - 8 feet.
  • Depth: Plant at the same depth as in the nursery.
  • Spread: 7 feet.
  • Sun/Shade: Full sun.
  • Color: White or pinkish.
  • Foliage: Dark green foliage.
  • Blooms: May
  • Form: Deciduous. Rounded.
  • Flower Form: Yes
  • Soil Requirements: Well-drained, sandy, organic loam soil.
  • Growth Rate: Medium to fast growth rate.
  • Size: 1/2 inch blossoms.
  • Fruit: 1/2 inch, short-stemmed, red fruit.
  • Pollinator: Self-pollinating.
  • Yield: Up to 8 quarts at maturity.
  • Comments :
    Thrives almost anywhere. Usually bears the first year if planted early enough. Tart, tangy flavor like that of sour cherries. Holds well on the plant 2 to 3 weeks after ripening. Attracts birds and other wildlife. Heavy crops. Sour and bush cherries will tolerate heavier soils. Cherries do not like wet feet. Do not soak trees for over 24 hours prior to planting. If fertilizing, only use a slow release fertilizer.

Shipping Schedule

All plant items will be shipped to arrive at the proper planting time (depending on climatic conditions) for your area of the country.

We will pack and ship your order based on the following schedule:

Spring 2018 Shipping Schedule
  Zones   Sweet Potatoes Bareroot Roses Tomatoes & Peppers Large Bareroots  Potatoes  Tender Annuals Onion Plants All other Perennials & Potted Plants
1A-4A 5/22 - 6/8 4/17 - 6/1 5/14 - 6/1 4/3 - 6/22 3/27 - 6/15 4/30 - 6/8 4/10 - 5/11 5/1 - 6/22
4B 5/22 - 6/8 4/17 - 6/1 5/14 - 6/1 4/3 - 6/22 3/27 - 6/15 4/30 - 6/8 4/3 - 5/11 5/1 - 6/22
5A 5/15 - 6/8 4/3 - 6/1 5/14 - 6/1 3/20 - 6/22 3/6 - 6/15 4/30 - 6/8 3/27 - 5/11 4/3 - 6/22
5B 5/1 - 6/8 3/20 - 6/1 5/14 - 6/1 3/6 - 6/22 3/6 - 6/15 4/30 - 6/8 3/27 - 5/11 3/20 - 6/22
6A 5/1 - 6/8 3/6 - 6/1 4/23 - 6/1 3/6 - 6/22 3/6 - 6/15 4/30 - 6/8 3/6 - 5/11 3/6 - 6/22
6B 5/1 - 6/8 3/6 - 6/1 4/23 - 6/1 3/6 - 6/22 3/6 - 6/15 4/30 - 6/8 2/27 - 5/11 3/6 - 6/22
7A 5/1 - 6/8 2/27 - 6/1 4/23 - 6/1 2/13 - 6/22 2/27 - 6/15 4/2 - 6/8 2/20 - 5/11 2/27 - 6/22
7B 5/1 - 6/8 2/27 - 6/1 4/2 - 6/1 2/13 - 6/22 2/27 - 6/15 4/2 - 6/8 2/13 - 5/11 2/27 - 6/22
8A & B 4/24 - 6/8 2/20 - 6/1 4/2 - 6/1 2/13 - 5/25 2/20 - 6/15 4/2 - 6/8 1/30 - 5/11 2/20 - 5/25
9A & B 4/24 - 6/8 1/23 - 6/1 4/2 - 6/1 2/13 - 5/25 2/13 - 6/15 4/2 - 6/8 1/2 - 5/11 2/13 - 5/25
10A & B 4/17 - 6/8 1/23 - 6/1 4/2 - 6/1 2/13 - 5/25 2/13 - 6/15 4/2 - 6/8 1/2 - 5/11 2/13 - 5/25
Last Order Date 6/4/2018 5/28/2018 5/28/2018 1A-7B: 6/18/2018
8A-10B: 5/21/2018
6/11/2018 6/4/2018 5/7/2018 1A-7B: 6/18/2018
8A-10B: 5/21/2018

*Due to hot weather conditions, we are unable to ship most plant items July through August.

Shipping Notes:
Orders for gift certificates are typically shipped within 5 business days.

Trees and shrubs are kept in the nursery row until fully dormant for optimum stress protection. The type of product you order or the weather in our area or yours may affect the anticipated shipping schedule.

Please note that we cannot ship outside of the 48 contiguous states.

Ratings & Reviews

Write a review
Prolific & Great for Home-made Syrup
Dec 17, 2012  |  
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My two orders gave me a short, prolific row of these bushes/small trees. Their first winter, rabbits bit them down to the ground. They jumped back up, and had cherries the second year, but the birds got them. Third time was the charm. This past summer I had several gallons of little cherries, which made a wonderful syrup (to replace the GMO corn syrups being sold now as maple syrup). These little trees are reliable and just positively COVERED up and down all the branches with cherries. Yum.


Nice small semi-sweet cherry.
May 22, 2012  |  
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon
Just had our first real harvest from 3 year old trees. We got about 1000, yes one-thousand cherries from each tree(we have 2). Yes, I counted. :O) They are small and slightly tart, but still sweet enough to eat off the tree. They don't have stems. We made a bunch of jam and it is great. Ours ripened in mid-May, but we had a 1-month early year, so mid-June would be normal for our zone 5b/6a.

Product Details
  • Botanical Name: Prunus tomentosa 'Nanking'
  • Height: 6 - 8 feet.
  • Spacing: 6 - 8 feet.
  • Depth: Plant at the same depth as in the nursery.
  • Spread: 7 feet.
  • Sun/Shade: Full sun.
  • Color: White or pinkish.
  • Foliage: Dark green foliage.
  • Blooms: May
  • Form: Deciduous. Rounded.
  • Flower Form: Yes
  • Soil Requirements: Well-drained, sandy, organic loam soil.
  • Growth Rate: Medium to fast growth rate.
  • Size: 1/2 inch blossoms.
  • Fruit: 1/2 inch, short-stemmed, red fruit.
  • Pollinator: Self-pollinating.
  • Yield: Up to 8 quarts at maturity.
  • Comments :
    Thrives almost anywhere. Usually bears the first year if planted early enough. Tart, tangy flavor like that of sour cherries. Holds well on the plant 2 to 3 weeks after ripening. Attracts birds and other wildlife. Heavy crops. Sour and bush cherries will tolerate heavier soils. Cherries do not like wet feet. Do not soak trees for over 24 hours prior to planting. If fertilizing, only use a slow release fertilizer.
Shipping Schedule

All plant items will be shipped to arrive at the proper planting time (depending on climatic conditions) for your area of the country.

We will pack and ship your order based on the following schedule:

All plant items will be shipped to arrive at the proper planting time (depending on climatic conditions) for your area of the country.

We will pack and ship your order based on the following schedule:

Spring 2018 Shipping Schedule
  Zones   Sweet Potatoes Bareroot Roses Tomatoes & Peppers Large Bareroots  Potatoes  Tender Annuals Onion Plants All other Perennials & Potted Plants
1A-4A 5/22 - 6/8 4/17 - 6/1 5/14 - 6/1 4/3 - 6/22 3/27 - 6/15 4/30 - 6/8 4/10 - 5/11 5/1 - 6/22
4B 5/22 - 6/8 4/17 - 6/1 5/14 - 6/1 4/3 - 6/22 3/27 - 6/15 4/30 - 6/8 4/3 - 5/11 5/1 - 6/22
5A 5/15 - 6/8 4/3 - 6/1 5/14 - 6/1 3/20 - 6/22 3/6 - 6/15 4/30 - 6/8 3/27 - 5/11 4/3 - 6/22
5B 5/1 - 6/8 3/20 - 6/1 5/14 - 6/1 3/6 - 6/22 3/6 - 6/15 4/30 - 6/8 3/27 - 5/11 3/20 - 6/22
6A 5/1 - 6/8 3/6 - 6/1 4/23 - 6/1 3/6 - 6/22 3/6 - 6/15 4/30 - 6/8 3/6 - 5/11 3/6 - 6/22
6B 5/1 - 6/8 3/6 - 6/1 4/23 - 6/1 3/6 - 6/22 3/6 - 6/15 4/30 - 6/8 2/27 - 5/11 3/6 - 6/22
7A 5/1 - 6/8 2/27 - 6/1 4/23 - 6/1 2/13 - 6/22 2/27 - 6/15 4/2 - 6/8 2/20 - 5/11 2/27 - 6/22
7B 5/1 - 6/8 2/27 - 6/1 4/2 - 6/1 2/13 - 6/22 2/27 - 6/15 4/2 - 6/8 2/13 - 5/11 2/27 - 6/22
8A & B 4/24 - 6/8 2/20 - 6/1 4/2 - 6/1 2/13 - 5/25 2/20 - 6/15 4/2 - 6/8 1/30 - 5/11 2/20 - 5/25
9A & B 4/24 - 6/8 1/23 - 6/1 4/2 - 6/1 2/13 - 5/25 2/13 - 6/15 4/2 - 6/8 1/2 - 5/11 2/13 - 5/25
10A & B 4/17 - 6/8 1/23 - 6/1 4/2 - 6/1 2/13 - 5/25 2/13 - 6/15 4/2 - 6/8 1/2 - 5/11 2/13 - 5/25
Last Order Date 6/4/2018 5/28/2018 5/28/2018 1A-7B: 6/18/2018
8A-10B: 5/21/2018
6/11/2018 6/4/2018 5/7/2018 1A-7B: 6/18/2018
8A-10B: 5/21/2018

*Due to hot weather conditions, we are unable to ship most plant items July through August.

Shipping Notes:
Orders for gift certificates are typically shipped within 5 business days.

Trees and shrubs are kept in the nursery row until fully dormant for optimum stress protection. The type of product you order or the weather in our area or yours may affect the anticipated shipping schedule.

Please note that we cannot ship outside of the 48 contiguous states.

*Due to hot weather conditions, we are unable to ship most plant items July through August.

Shipping Notes:
Orders for gift certificates are typically shipped within 5 business days.

Trees and shrubs are kept in the nursery row until fully dormant for optimum stress protection. The type of product you order or the weather in our area or yours may affect the anticipated shipping schedule.

Please note that we cannot ship outside of the 48 contiguous states.

Ratings & Reviews
Write a review
Prolific & Great for Home-made Syrup
Dec 17, 2012  |  
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon
My two orders gave me a short, prolific row of these bushes/small trees. Their first winter, rabbits bit them down to the ground. They jumped back up, and had cherries the second year, but the birds got them. Third time was the charm. This past summer I had several gallons of little cherries, which made a wonderful syrup (to replace the GMO corn syrups being sold now as maple syrup). These little trees are reliable and just positively COVERED up and down all the branches with cherries. Yum.


Nice small semi-sweet cherry.
May 22, 2012  |  
Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon Review star icon
Just had our first real harvest from 3 year old trees. We got about 1000, yes one-thousand cherries from each tree(we have 2). Yes, I counted. :O) They are small and slightly tart, but still sweet enough to eat off the tree. They don't have stems. We made a bunch of jam and it is great. Ours ripened in mid-May, but we had a 1-month early year, so mid-June would be normal for our zone 5b/6a.

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