Korean Bush Cherry Plant Information
This article titled Korean Bush Cherry Plant Information is about a fine-textured bush cherry with fuzzy leaves that grows to 5-8 feet in height and width, like full sun to part shade and are hardy in zones 4-8. It is known as Korean Bush Cherry, Japanese bush cherry, or Oriental bush cherry with a scientific name of Prunus japonica. It is native from central China sough through Korea.
The Korean Bush cherry is covered in fragrant white flowers in the spring. These bush cherries produce average-sized, bright red cherries in mid summer. The cherries are similar to Nanking cherries, but sweeter and less productive. The plants are self fertile although two plants increase fruiting.
In the late winter when the heavy freezes are over, prune away any damaged or diseased limbs, and crossing branches. In the summer, after fruiting, you can also prune to shape the plant.
The cherries are great for fresh eating and can be frozen for delicious winter snacks. They also make tasty juice, jelly, and are high in anthocyanins and other antioxidants. They can be used for making pies, but it would be labor intensive removing all of the pits from the small fruit.
Each fruit has one seed that requires 2 – 3-months cold stratification. The plant usually grows from seed but can also be propagated through cutting for layering. Softwood cuttings works as does layering. Most members of this genus are shallow-rooted and will produce suckers if the roots are damaged.
The kernels are aperient, carminative, demulcent, deobstruent, diuretic, hypotensive, laxative, lenitive and ophthalmic. They are taken internally in the treatment of dry constipation, oedema and insomnia following a trauma. The root is used in the treatment of constipation, children’s fever, pinworms and teeth ailments. Although no specific mention has been seen for this species, all members of the genus contain amygdalin and prunasin, substances which break down in water to form hydrocyanic acid (cyanide or prussic acid). In small amounts this exceedingly poisonous compound stimulates respiration, improves digestion and gives a sense of well-being. *
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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