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I'm new and searching for Korean Cherry Bush

Postby stanzi » Sun Aug 14, 2011 10:41 pm

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Living on the coast, Reedsport. Located between Florence and Coos Bay. 3 miles inland, and protected from the ocean winds that plague other coastal cities. When I was a youngster, my Dad planted what he called a Korean Cherry Bush in Southern California. Cherries! Boy was I excited. When it fruited and ripened I was in for a shock! Sour as could be. What earthly use could there be for this miserable fruit? As it turned out, it was my first cooking lesson; one can always add sugar, but hardly ever flavor. And did these cherries have flavor! Mom made the most memorable cherry jam, pies and other cherry delights. Researching the web, I find that "Korean Cherry Bush" can refer to a lot of different cherry trees. As I remember, my Dads was probably a dwarf as it wasn't much more than knee high and a prolific producer.

Anyone out there with experience growing something similar to what I described, here on the Oregon Coast, Sunset Zone 5, USDA 7B? Any hints, suggestions or recommendations will be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

P.S. Anyone else ever hear of a "Howard's Wonder Plum"?

Re: I'm new and searching for Korean Cherry Bush

Postby Axel » Mon Aug 15, 2011 3:17 pm

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Welcome Stanzi. there is a thing called a Korean cherry, it's http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prunus_japonica, which will grow in Oregon. But it's not a choice edible, and is mostly used as a medicinal. There are a number of cherries that pack quite a punch when it comes to flavor. Try Montmorency sour cherry, or any of the new sour cherries offered by Raintree and Burnt Ridge nursery. They're all wonderfully sour and full of flavor. If you want something even more sour, try nankin cherry. Capulin cherries are also very nicely flavored and will grow where you are and ripen in late August. They're worth a try too.

I have a plum called Howard's miracle, this must be the one you are talking about. It's good, but I prefer Inca plum, which is even better.

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