Nanking Cherry Prunus tomentosa - Cerasus tomentosa
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Growing Info, follow in order:
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.
In a Nutshell:
* It is a deciduous shrub , irregular in shape, 0.3–3 m (rarely 4 m) high and possibly somewhat wider. The bark is glabrous and copper-tinted black. The leaves are alternate, 2–7 cm long and 1–3.5 cm broad, oval to obovate , acuminate with irregularly serrate margins, rugose , dark green, pubescent above and tomentose below, with glandular petioles . The flowers are white or pink in a scarlet calyx , opening with or before the leaves in spring. They are reliably profuse, arranged in clusters on scarlet pedicels and are 1.5–2 cm in diameter. The fruit is a sweet but slightly tart cherry 5–12 mm (rarely to 25 mm) in diameter, scarlet, ripening in early summer. more...
* Prunus tomentosa, is native to northern and western China, Japan, Korea, Tibet, Kashmir and the Himalayas. It is commonly called downy cherry in recognition of its downy leaves, downy stems and downy fruits. This is a dense, twiggy, deciduous shrub that typically grows to 6-10' tall but spreads to 15' wide. It infrequently grows as a small tree. Slightly rugose, serrate, obovate to elliptic, dark green leaves (2-3" long) with pointed tips are pubescent above and densely lanuginous (greater pubescence) beneath. White to light pink flowers (3/4" across) are solitary or in pairs. Flowers bloom in early spring (April). Flowers are followed by red fruits (to 1/3" across) which ripen in June-July. more...