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Nanking Bush Cherry

Item #145417, Bare-root. Ships 2 - 3' tall.
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The Nanking Cherry Bush is a lovely ornamental shrub with fragrant white flowers in the spring and edible scarlet fruit that ripen mid-summer. This cherry bush is incredibly hardy and dense enough to serve as a hedge or edible border.

Bearing fruit within the first few years, this high producing cherry variety is relished by birds and pollinators alike. The cherries can be eaten fresh or used in pies, jams, and jellies.

The Nanking Cherry is a vigorous, adaptable shrub particularly suited to the cold winters and hot summers of the central and northern plains. Plant two or more of the same variety for cross-pollination.

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Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Small
Ripens/Harvest July
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 5.0 - 7.5
Taste Tart, Tangy
Texture Juicy
Years to Bear 2 - 4
Zone Range 2 - 7

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 2 - 7
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 6 - 10' tall x 10 - 15' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 10 - 15' apart to ensure room for growth.


This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant one of these varieties within 50' for best pollination.

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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What is the best pollinator for Nanking Cherry in zone 4?
Terry H on Dec 11, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The Nanking Cherry is a vigorous, adaptable shrub particularly suited to the cold winters and hot summers of the central and northern plains. Plant two or more of the same variety for cross-pollination.
Your answer that two Nanking Trees will accomplish cross pollination contradicts what is written in the articles about Growing Cherry Trees, unless the Nanking is considered a Seed-Grown Cherry. see quote from article here: "Remember, two of the same variety will not work for cross-pollination (with the exception of seed-grown cherries). What are all varieties that will cross-pollinate the Nanking? Please clarify. Thank you.
Ann A on Jan 4, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your inquiry. Not all cherry trees require a pollinator as some are self pollinating and do not require another tree at all to bear fruit. In this case of the Nanking cherry it is an ornamental shrub and does not follow the same guidelines as a regular cherry tree.
How large is this Nanking Cherry at purchase?
Susie R on Dec 2, 2020
BEST ANSWER: This is a bare root variety and will ship 2-3 feet tall and mature to be 6-10 feet tall.

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