Cherry Tree Seeds

Important Note: Most of the seeds on this page will benefit greatly from using the Cold Stratification Kits that we use in our own greenhouses. We find we receive significantly better and faster germination results when we use this on prunus seeds.

PR01 Myrobalan Cherry Plum ( Prunus Cerasifera )
For zones 5-8. A fast growing, medium size cherry tree growing 15-25 feet tall and equal spread with a rounded crown. Covered with pinkish white, fragrant blooms in early spring, followed by dark green leaves and fruits that are about one inch in diameter and edible. Dark reddish brown bark.
$2.50 Per Pack of 5 seeds.
PR02 Wild Black Cherry ( Prunus Virginiana )
For zones 2-6. A medium size cherry tree; height usually not over 20 to 25 feet, diameter 4 to 8 inches; with an irregular, rounded crown. Bright green, broadly oval leaves, paler underneath; length 3 to 4 inches, width 1 to 2 inches. Fruit is in dense clusters; reddish, turning nearly black when fully ripe; each berry containing a single seed, skin of fruit thick; flesh thin and dark; very astringent to the taste, but edible. Popular tree for birds. Most widely distributed tree in North America, extending from the Arctic Circle to Mexico and from the Atlantic to the Rockies.
$2.50 Per Pack of 10 seeds.
PR12 Chickasaw Plum ( Prunus angustifolia )
In early spring, before most shrubs and trees have even started to leaf out, the Chickasaw plums are in full bloom, billowing white clouds along southern highways. This is a handsome little shrub, perfect for the semi shaded woodland area in the back of the yard.
They grow naturally in dry, sandy soils and, once established, need no supplemental watering. Chickasaw plum grows 12 to 20 feet tall and 15 to 20 feet wide in an irregular shape. It is "twiggy" in nature, and has a scaly, almost black bark. Its branches are reddish with a thorn-like, small side branches. In February, March, April and May, small white flowers blossom, followed with yellow to red plums, up to 1" long. The flowers have five white petals with reddish or orange anthers.
Ripe fruits are slightly tart, but can be eaten fresh and can be made into jellies, desserts and preserves. They ripen in late summer. It requires low to medium amounts of water to grow, and dry, sandy or loose soil. It grows best in areas with regular sunlight or areas of partial shade.
Zones 5-9.
Fresh seeds should be kept warm for a couple months, then chilled for 2-4 months before planting. They may take two years to germinate.
$2.50 Per Pack of 5 seeds.
PR15 Taiwan Cherry ( Prunus campanulata )
Fast-growing Taiwan cherry will usually bloom in its third year from seed. This is an outstanding flowering tree for the Japanese style garden or simply as a specimen or accent anywhere early spring color is desired. The fruits are relished by songbirds.
The flowers of Taiwan cherry are almost neon pink, and considered by many to be the most beautiful of the flowering cherries.
A small, deciduous tree native to southern China, Vietnam, Taiwan and southern Japan with beautiful, deep pink, bell-shaped flowers in spring. It an outstanding ornamental flowering tree for the warm temperate garden in USDA Zones 8 to 10 and considered the best flowering cherry for warm regions.
$2.95 Per Pack of 10 seeds.
PR04 Apricot ( Prunus armeniaca )
The apricot tree of commerce, a hardy tree, bearing stone fruit, closely related to the peach. Grows to about 35 feet. The leaves are broad and roundish, with pointed apex; smooth; margin, finely serrated; petiole 1/2 inch to an inch long, generally tinged with red. The flowers are pinkish white, with five regular sepals and petals and many stamens, and open very early in the spring. The fruit, which ripens end of July to mid-August, is a drupe, like the plum, with a thin outer, downy skin enclosing the yellow flesh (mesocarp), the inner layers becoming woody and forming the large, smooth, compressed stone, the ovule ripening into the kernel, or seed.
$2.50 Per Pack of 5 seeds.
PR05 Bird Cherry ( Prunus Avium )
For zones 3 to 8. Grows to about 40 ft, spread of about 35 ft. The white flowers appear in April or May. The fall color is bronze and red. Wild cherry, also known as bird cherry, or mazzard cherry is very attractive when in bloom and its autumn fruits - when you are able to gather them before the birds do - are good to eat. Of course as with most prunus types, the leaves, twigs and pits are considered poisonous.
Growing to a maximum height of around 25 meters, and with a preference for lime-rich soil, Prunus avium grows with a neat rounded crown and a straight trunk - altogether a very neat and tidy tree.
$2.50 Per Pack of 10 seeds.
PR08 Wild Black Cherry ( Prunus serotina )
A fast growing cherry for zones 2-8. Grows in pyramidal to conical shape 50-75 feet tall. Leaf: 2 to 5" alternate, simple leaves; yellow to red fall color. Flower/Fruit: 4 to 6" raceme of white flowers in early spring; small juicy reddish black edible berries in summer that attract birds.
$2.50 Per Pack of 10 seeds.
PR09 Perfumed Cherry, St. Lucie Cherry ( Prunus mahaleb )
Best for zones 6-8. A cherry with interesting foliage, it has bright green heart-shaped leaves which turn yellow in autumn.
The tree is cultivated for a spice obtained from the seeds inside the cherry stones. The seeds have a fragrant smell and have a taste comparable to bitter almonds with cherry notes. Mature plants bear masses of fragrant cup-shaped white flowers that are eye catching. Fast growing to 30 ft.
$2.50 Per Pack of 10 seeds.
PR11 Nanking Cherry ( Prunus tomentosa )

Best for zones 2 to 7, grows to 8 ft, spread 8 ft. Rounded, deciduous shrub with white flowers and red fruit. Nanking Cherry can be used in the shade, but it flowers better in sun or partial shade. The flowers are borne briefly in early spring and are pale pink, fading to white. The red fruits are sour and eaten by birds. The plant is often purchased by homeowners as a smaller substitute for tart cherry.
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