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Hansen's Bush Cherry

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  • 2 or more: $8.99 each
Item #134589, Seedling. Ships 1 - 2' tall, bare-root.


Attractive and edible! Enjoy the best of both worlds: Dainty white blossoms in the spring with silvery-green leaves that turn red in the fall for ornamental appeal and tasty cherries in the summer for an edible bonus. Tolerates a wide range of planting sites, including sandy hills, rocky slopes and lake shores. Bears young. Fruit is most enjoyable when it is allowed to ripen to a deep purple-black color on the bush. Introduced in the early 1900s. Cold-hardy. Ripens in July. Partially self-pollinating, but plant two or more for larger crops. Not able to pollinate our other cherry varieties. (Prunus besseyi)


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Purple
Fruit Size Small
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest July
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Tart, Tangy
Texture Crisp, Firm
Years to Bear 2 - 3
Zone Range 3 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 3 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 4 - 5' tall x 4 - 5' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 4 - 5' apart to ensure room for growth.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow cherry trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

Shipping Information

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
I already have Nanking variety, so I'm adding this for diversity.
Ben C on May 21, 2016
No room for a full size or dwarf cherry tree. Perfect for a smaller yard.
Tonya J on May 17, 2016
I already have Nanking variety, so I'm adding this for diversity.
Ben C on May 21, 2016
I want to grow my own cherries.
Judith K on May 20, 2016
No room for a full size or dwarf cherry tree. Perfect for a smaller yard.
Tonya J on May 17, 2016
family recomended
Paul S on May 15, 2016
Only have room for one bush. Bought it because it is self pollinating.
Paul M on May 10, 2016
I heard about them on face book and wanted to give them a try.
victoria p on Apr 26, 2016
Not many choices for sweet cherry trees in zone 4 n the Adirondacks, but I've had good luck with Hansens at our previous home. Just need to remember the bird netting or it'll be a race to see who gets them first.
Scott F on Apr 25, 2016
Trees are too tall to pick produce safely. Wanted something more manageable.
Faith P on Apr 15, 2016
Yes I have an aunt who has some and they are delicious cherries!!!
I can't wait!!
Shayna S on Apr 9, 2016
I love cherries but didn't really have the space to put a tall tree, and find a bush easier to harvest the cherries from. My mother had bushes like these and they did well. While I would have preferred a sweeter cherry, I really wanted the bushes, and these were marked cold-hardy.
Bridget M on Feb 27, 2016
I want to grow my own cherries.
Judith K on May 20, 2016
family recomended
Paul S on May 15, 2016
I have 6 of you cherry bushes there 3 years old produce great but I don't know when to cut them back ( prune ) can you help ?
lisa A on Mar 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Ideally in the winter, before leaves appear so that it's easier to see where to make the shaping cuts, but any time the bush isn't in bloom or holding fruit should be fine as well. They are pretty low-maintenance bushes – and tolerant of pruning. Just keep them at the size and shape you'd like.
Would Hansen's Bush cherry be a good pollinating partner for the Montmorency cherry?
Deborah B on Feb 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hansen's Bush Cherry is not closely related to other cherry trees, so it is not a recommended pollinator for trees like Montmorency. Since it is a seedling, we recommend planting two or more Hansen's Bush Cherries for greater fruit yields. While Montmorency is a self-pollinating variety of sour cherry tree, if you want to boost the fruit yield, another different variety of sour cherry tree is the way to go.
I got bare stem with roots how long till I see growth so I know there alive?
[oname] $ on May 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You can scratch the bark and see if it looks green and moist. Not a big scratch. Use your finger nail. I don't know where you are, here in NJ it's been dry. Despite the cloudy weather. Keep it watered but not soaked.
Sometimes as a last resort you can force growth by covering it in a clear plastic bag so it's like a mini greenhouse. You may have to vent it to keep it from getting to hot. This time of year it should leaf out within a week or two from planting.
would these bushed do well on a hill?
roberta h on Mar 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I think that they would do ok as long as they have good soil and water.
Are these plants deer resistant?
willie on Apr 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You might also plant lavender or creeping thyme, as these are deer retardant. I did not cage my trees planted up close to the house, but they really went for the Dawn Redwood, so we caged them. Interesting fact; deer are color blind. Use green plastic fencing around chicken wire for support; the deer cannot see them!
Can these be planted close to the house on east side?? Will root system grow into foundation??
Pixie on Apr 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The roots are not particularly invasive, and foundations by nature are very compact, where roots are not likely to grow — however, it's not a good idea to plant near a house because the bush itself gets about 5 feet wide and the house will create shading issues. It would be a good idea to watch how the sun and shade hits your yard and pick a location that gets 6 to 8 (or more) hours of full sun.
How prolific are these plants, i.e. yield?
Lsrry J on Apr 7, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Variation may occur, since the plant is grown from seed, but yield is from 3 to 8 quarts on average – from a mature plant (3+ years after planting). It bears young, but the yield increases as the plants mature.
are these a start, or a seed?
Thomas L on Apr 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: These bushes are seed-grown.
Are the cherries sweet - like Bing cherries ? Referring to Cherry Bush
Kathy M on Apr 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They are not sweet fresh. They are flavorful, but in a tart and tangy way that is best used in pies and jams (where you'd add some sweetness).

Customer Reviews

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hansens bush cherry
Both of these bushes are thriving. They have blossomed out this spring already. I will probably snip off most of the fruit this year so that the plants can really get strong but I am thrilled that the plants look healthy.
May 5, 2016
1 year ago
First year they grew quickly. Arrived healthy. Greened up nicely. No cherries the first year. The flowers this spring were heavenly, smelled wonderful. We're moving but I plan to buy more.
May 6, 2016
1 year ago
Hansens Bush Cherry
My Bush Cherry made it through the winter and is leafing out. I suppose it will take 2 or 3 years before i will have fruit, but I am eager for that. I am 83 years old. I grew up on a fruit farm in Utah. i remember well as a little girl my father always got his fruit trees from Starks. So I have always known they were the best.
May 7, 2016
1 year ago
Cherry Bush
I planted this bush last summer, and I have cherries on it this spring,after the blossoms faded away. Off to a great start!!!
May 13, 2016
1 year ago
Planted them last spring. They grew like crazy and now have cherries on them and it is only the second year.
May 23, 2016
1 year ago
Hansen Bush Cherry
Planted , seems to be doing fine.Am waiting for plant to get well established before giving my final review, do not see any problems with this product at all.
May 23, 2016
1 year ago
They survived a cold northern Wisconsin winter and are leafing out again. Good stuff!
May 23, 2016
1 year ago
Great for Jams
The bush is beautiful all year and really produces the fruit
May 23, 2016
1 year ago
Very nice plant all around
This plant has nice presence in the yard and grows well with minimum attention. We expect fruit this year after planting late last summer.
May 12, 2016
Less than one year in the ground
First, they're still growing strong!
Flowers last month.
I don't expect to see much in the way of fruit this year.
Strong plant stock. I'm hopeful that next year's cherries will be enough to make a jar of jelly!
May 22, 2016
1 year ago
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