Cerasus tomentosa (= Prunus t.)
An attractive shrub or small tree, rarely reaching more than 3 m tall, native to eastern Asia, from Mongolia to China and India, with an upright trunk, dark green foliage and a multitude of delicate white flowers in spring before the leaves appear. The Nanking cherry is very popular and widely cultivated thanks to its decorative, bright red, edible fruits, often used in pies and jellies. Cold stratification is necessary for good germination. It will do well in most temperate and warm-temperate climates in USDA Zones 2 and above.