Caring for Cherry Bushes

By Shannon C , last updated May 21, 2011

The cherry bush actually refers to a number of varietals, including the sand cherry bush, the Korean cherry bush, the surinam cherry bush, and many more. Within the subtle differences between each varietal there are a number of basic care preferences that cherry bushes share. Learning to grow and care for these lovely flowering low growing bushes can provide seasonal beauty and fragrance to your home garden or landscape setting. Some cherry bushes will produce edible fruit, others fruit that is edible only to wildlife but not humans, some which can be edible when prepared into preserves or spreads, and some will produce only flowers with a sweet, distinctive cherry-laced scent. It is important to consult the specific planting and care instructions for the varietal of cherry bush being installed, but these general guidelines can also help in providing your cherry bush with the best level of proper care.

Preparing to Plant a Cherry Bush

Since a cherry bush is fragrant and desirable to both humans and wildlife, take care to select a location where visiting birds and other wildlife will not disturb humans overly much. Cherry bushes prefer full to partial sunlight but can tolerate a variety of soil types as long as there is adequate drainage present. Different varietals may reach different heights and widths so selecting a site with appropriate space is also important.

Planting and Caring for a Cherry Bush

The cherry bush as a whole is a hardy varietal and will grow quite well if its simple water and fertilization needs are met. For fruit-bearing types, fruits will likely not appear until after the first few years in which the bush is becoming established. Fungal diseases like brown rot and black knot can affect cherry trees, and the best treatment is fungicide. For preventative measures, use a drip irrigation hose to avoid wetting foliage.

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