General Characteristics: Prunus tomentosa is a broadly spreading, twiggy, and dense shrub. Leaves are alternate, simple, ovate with a narrower end basal to elliptic. The bark is an attractive, shiny reddish brown, with exfoliating layers. The dark green leaves are very fuzzy on their lower surface. Great for either the border or mass plantings, both the flowers and fruits are lovely. 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.