Chinese Cherry - Knowledgebase Question

Boise, ID
Question by susand2268
December 15, 1999
Is there such a tree or bush called a Chinese Cherry? I once saw a screen of tall bushes or small trees in a closely planted row. The cherries were not sweet, and had a large pit over a small fruit. Birds loved them and the owner made jelly with the fruit. I am not sure if I remember the name correctly, but I think he called them Chinese Cherries. I am interested in planting a line of such fruit trees to screen my yard from the neighbor's yard.

Answer from NGA
December 15, 1999


The Nanking cherry is native to Asia and can be grown as a hedge, so it might be the plant you're looking for. The fruit is tart, about 1/2 inch in diameter, and can be eaten fresh or used in pies and jellies. You'll need two different cherries for pollination. In your growing region, I'd suggest Nanking and Lee's Select, or Evan's Sour Cherry. All are available from Raintree Nursery, 391 Butts Rd., Morton, WA 98356. Phone (360) 496-6400.

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