Prunus tomentosa Manchu cherry; Nanking cherry Rosaceae PRTO*; Q, tl; 


Prunus (Accessed 7/2014).

Prunus tomentosa is a shrub to 3 m tall, spreading, twigs velvety-hairy, older bark dark red-brown with small yellow speckles (lenticels). 

Leaves alternate, to 7 cm long, 3.7 cm wide, hairy above, dark, dull green, paler, densely velvety-hairy below, tip pointed, base blunt, margin irregularly toothed, surface puckered by deeply impressed veins, leaf stalk to 0.4 cm. 

Flowers white to slightly pinkish, to 2 cm wide, blooming as leaves unfold or before; blooms April. 

Fruit fleshy, bright red, translucent, 1 cm wide, one-seeded, edible, June-July. 

Wetland status: NL. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: China, Japan (Dirr 1990; Rehder 1968). 

Habitat: Escaped from cultivation can be locally abundant near parent plant. Potentially invasive.