Nanking cherries


Anyone else having a good Nanking year? My two bushes are loaded. It’s nice to have these ripening so much later than my romance series cherries. And for some reason the birds mostly leave them alone. This batch (they’re a lot darker than the photo shows) will be turned into jam tomorrow.


do all your nanking cherries bear this late? mine start bearing before the sour cherries start.


Yes. The two I have are Joy and Joel.


Oh ok, I understand now as those aren’t nanking cherries. I have joy and joel, too, they have had problems with swd for me as those populations are heavy at this time of the year, do you do any control of them?


I think they were labeled as Nanking when I got them from edible landscaping a few years back. But I don’t know much about them. What are they?

No issues with SWD yet. Last year was the first time I noticed them, and that wasn’t until late August.



Are these nanking cherries taste like CJ, Crimson Passion…? or are they better?



I’ve only carmine jewel so far. I’d say these taste fairly similar and are equally good for processing.


How does the white taste compared to the red nankinga? Is size the same?


Same size and no difference in taste to me


Nankings will be blooming shortly, maybe we can dodge a late frost this year. I have about thirty bushes, I had a couple die and am replacing them with wowza and Juliet.


Mine just finished blooming last weekend. I flag tapped one that bloomed almost 2 weeks later than the others I have.


Are the nanking’s self pollinating? I have two bushes and only one send to have flower buds. Any hope?


I have seen this too, some bloom later than others, but they are still my first bloomers.


I believe they are not, but if you have two they should cross pollinate. Nankings are grown from seed and they are not all the same. I have thirty and one is consistently better producer than others


Here is my strange list of prunus blooms in order this year
prunus angustifolia wast first around the 1st week of Feb

Next was my pluots and pluerries on myrobalan that started about the 2nd week of feb

Nankings started about a week after those but again one waited until March and I have it flagged.

My myrobalan started blooming last week along with greengage & bonfire peach

The strangest of all is I have pluots grafted on nanking that have yet to bloom but are swelling now. If grafting on nanking can delay flowering in pluots that’s going to be wonderful for us in SC. I was going to graft Shiro on my mybroalan but now I think I’ll put it on a nanking and see what happens.


My first nanking was from Gurney’s called Sugar sweet but it was likely just a seedling nanking. Still It was the only one I had for about 3 years and I got fruit without another one around. That said I still had plum trees around so it may have been pollinated by a neighboring plum tree but with just 1 plant I did get fruit which is the reason I started more from seed. They are far from sugar sweet but are kind of tasty and the kids really like them. Most years the frost gets them so we don’t get fruit but when we do there is more fruit then foliage.


Mine is almost done blooming. I hand pollinated with Desert Delight Nectarine, Santa Rosa plum, and my proprietary Myrobalan x Japanese plum hybrid.

I wanted it to hybridize it with a sweet cherry but the cherries haven’t bloomed yet.


I’m still waiting on my sweet cherry to bloom also forgot about it. Will sweet cherry cross with nanking?


They will, but you need to perform embryo rescue before the fruit gets aborted.


Where do you buy your agar or do you grow them in something else when doing embryo rescue.