prunus tomentosa RedDespite his name the Nanking Cherry is more related to plums than to cherries. It forms a dense shrub with upright growing branches, up to 2m height.

The 3-4g heavy stalkless fruits sit in dense clusters on the shoots. They mature around the June / July turn and are suitable both for raw consumption and for processing. They taste just as aromatic as sour cherries, but just less sour.
The plants are modest and thrive at every average location. They are very winter hard, but sensitive to brown rot (Monilinia fungus). From approximately the 6th year onwards, older branches should be cut off annually in order to stimulate growth of new shoots which bear more rich. Otherwise, the plants will become quickly senile.

Nanking cherries need cross pollination - at least two different varieties should grow beside.

 

prunus tomentosa WhiteThis variety resembles the previous ones in all its characteristics, with the exception of the fruits - they have a creamy color which is almost nonexistent on other fruit plants and are just as tasty.
For good pollination plant beside another variety, e.g. Red.

prunus EfimkaUkrainian variety.

Efimka matures at the turn of June and July. Fully ripe the fruits are dark red, 4-5g heavy, the biggest and tastiest of all varieties. They stay on shoots for up to three weeks and can be well stoned.