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Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: cold stratify for 60-90 days
Germination: sow 1" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed
Introducing the beautiful and delicious Prunus tomentosa Nanking Cherry! A deciduous shrub native to China, Korea, Mongolia, and possibly northern India, this plant boasts a copper-tinted black bark and leaves that are oval to obovate with serrate margins, pubescent above and tomentose below. Its white or pink flowers bloom in spring, arranged in clusters on scarlet pedicels, and its small scarlet fruit ripens in early summer. While often called a cherry, it is more closely related to plums. Highly drought- and cold-resistant, this shrub prefers full sun and well-drained, slightly acidic soil. It is cultivated for its edible fruit, which is often used in juice, jam, and wine, as well as for its ornamental flowers and fruit. Prune it for bonsai or twin-trunk shapes, or let it flourish as a hedge. Grab yours today and enjoy the sweet-tart taste of this outstanding shrub!