They are smaller, growing to a mature size of 6 to 8 feet tall and branching out 4 to 5 feet wide. Their bright red cherries shimmer like jewels in the hot summer sun.

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Using one of the methods, pit the leftover cherries and freeze them to use in recipes later on. Make the pruning cuts 1/4 inch above a lower alive branch, leaf, or dormant bud.

Sometimes I can be really overambitious in the kitchen. "I followed him out to the backyard and found kidos and robins harvesting bright red nanking cherries.There is something very precious about about bright, glittering, excited eyes and fruit stained smiles. The bushes are heavy with ripe Nanking cherries, and the birds haven’t managed to get at them all – Nankings are those small, brilliant red cherries that grow up against their branches, rather than dangle on stems like a Bing or Evans.A kind neighbour took pity on me picking cherries out by the road and brought me a bag she had picked from her back yard. Keep the mulch six inches away from the trunk. The Nanking Bush Cherry, Prunus tomentosa, is another unique edible plant, in bush form, that is showy in the spring with flowers and in the summer with the bright red cherries clinging closely to the branches.

Nanking cherries are bushes and can be planted 6-8 feet apart. When 30 pounds of sweet Washington Bings unexpectedly appeared on my doorstep last summer, I spent several days immersed in All Things Cherry. For home use, Nanking cherries are high-yielding and stay fresh on the tree for 2 to 3 weeks after ripening. It was a great learning experience and now that I have spent a year tasting the results, I’m happy to share these 10 terrific ways to preserve cherries… Frozen cherries Cherries freeze really well, and you can use them throughout the year in smoothies, cobblers, and more (my personal favorite is snacking on them straight from the freezer). Their bright red cherries shimmer like jewels in the hot summer sun. Nanking cherries – great for beautiful, delicious jelly. Routine pruning to control the height of the Nanking bush cherry tree will make picking the cherries easier. Their beautiful blossoms are a welcomed sight after a long prairie winter.

Punch out the pit with a plastic drinking straw. Do this pruning any time of year. It can be used as an ornamental, fruit producing shrub or as a wind break in a hedge row. Tart Nanking cherries, fruits similar to common cherries, are just small enough to make pitting them a maddening task. This is a vigorous, adaptable shrub particularly suited to the cold winters and hot summers of the central and northern plains of the United States and Canada. The pit will go into the straw. Nanking bush cherry plants are not your typical cherry trees. If the branch to be pruned is larger than 1/2 to 3/4 inch in diameter, use loppers.