5 – Hansen’s Bush Cherry
Hansen’s bush cherry – Prunus besseyi
USDA 3-8 A great addition to any homestead or small farm. It’s a hardy plant so it can take a little abuse or neglect which is perfect for new or aspiring homesteaders or those of us who tend to kill plants (myself included). It’s a great addition to elderberry syrup or as a standalone jelly. Great for home brewing if that’s your thing. Slightly astringent flavor which pairs very well with apple and grape. Other uses are as a productive and cold hardy plum rootstock to graft onto. (except damson and victoria plums)
Low maintenance, 4-5’ tall, hardy and very pest and disease resistant. Sweet/tart/astringent. Closer to the normal dark cherry color of sweet cherries. Not as good fresh eating out of hand, better as an adjunct in preserves and jellies, juice, and in brewing. Beautiful white blossoms in the springtime!