[nafex] Bush cherries for the mid Atlantic area

Louis Pittman lpittman at murraystate.edu
Sun Jan 13 12:25:34 EST 2013

No recommendations, but a caution - don't even think about Evans/Bali - it
is evidently marvelous in zone 4 & colder, but more than disappointing here
in z6.


On Sat, Jan 12, 2013 at 5:15 PM, Elizabeth Hilborn <ehilborn at mebtel.net>wrote:

> I am removing my 3 year old Bristol black raspberry plants. The fruit
> quality was a big disappointment to me. Just not very flavorful. I will
> have some space freed up when they go.
> I am also removing my Nanking bush cherries as they are in a crowded
> spot and are succumbing to what looks very much like fireblight, but I
> know that pathogen is not probable on a Prunus. Maybe it is black knot,
> but it does not appear similar to the lesions I commonly see on the wild
> cherries (Prunus serotina) in my area. The Nankings display black,
> necrotic distal shoot damage that descends, whereas the trees develop
> lesions on their trunks and branches, but distal tissue appears healthy.
> I very much like the fruit of the Nankings and am wondering if any
> varieties of bush cherries will thrive here if I give them better air
> circulation. Can folks on the list recommend bush cherry varieties for
> my humid zone 7b location? My understanding is that varieties developed
> in the northern plains may not do well here, but am not sure.
> Anybody have any suggestions?
> Thanks,
> Betsy Hilborn
> 7b central NC
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