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Nanking Cherry
Catalogue A# 2018-005  AZ14
GPS 45D 43' 45" N / 108D 37' 33" W


Prunus tomentosa

Common name: Nanking Cherry

Origin: Japan

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
More Information:
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

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