Billings, Montana @ ZooMontana
Catalogue A# 2018-005 AZ14
GPS 45D 43' 45" N / 108D 37' 33" W
Common name: Nanking Cherry
Location: Asian Garden-southern edge near rope fence
Number in accession: 2
Note: Planted June 2018
The Nanking cherry is a lovely ornamental shrub with fragrant white flowers appearing before the leaves. Shiny reddish-brown exfoliating bark and attractive scarlet red fruits adds seasonal interest. Use as a hedge or spring specimen in the shrub border.
Tree or Plant Type: Shrub
Foliage: Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
Native Locale: Non-native
Landscape Uses: Massing, Mixed border, Specimen
Size Range: Large shrub (more than 8 feet), Medium shrub (5-8 feet)
Light Exposure: Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
Hardiness Zones: Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6
Soil Preference: Moist, well-drained soil
Season of Interest: Mid spring, Mid summer, Mid fall
Flower Color & Fragrance: Fragrant, White
Shape or Form: Multi-stemmed, Round
Growth Rate: Moderate, Fast
Size & Form
A broad spreading, densely twiggy shrub, becoming more open and picturesque with age.
Reaching 6 to 8 feet high and wide.
Tree & Plant Care
Full sun and well-drained soil. Best in 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-summe