The Nanking cherry is a lovely ornamental shrub with fragrant white flowers before the leaves, shiny reddish-brown exfoliating bark, and attractive scarlet red fruits in midsummer. Use as a hedge or spring specimen in the shrub border.
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Mixed border
- Large shrub (more than 8 feet),
- Medium shrub (5-8 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
- Zone 3,
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Mid spring,
- Mid summer,
- Mid fall
Size & Form
Tree & Plant Care
Full sun and well-drained soil. Loose loamy soils
Tolerant of wind and drought once established.
Disease, pests, and problems
Prone to insect and disease problems, often short-lived.
Native geographic location and habitat
Japan, China and Korea
Attracts birds, pollinators, or wildlife
Fruit in mid-summer attracts birds
Bark color and texture
Shiny, reddish-brown, exfoliating bark
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Alternate, 2 to 3 inches long with roughly-veined, serrated leaves.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Early, pink buds change to fragrant white flowers.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Attractive, edible, scarlet-red fruits in mid-summer