Without a doubt, the celebrity shrub of our windbreaks is the Nanking cherry. This tough, bushy and fast-growing species is a long way from home—China, Japan and the Himalayas—but thrives with only occasional watering. Of course, it owes its star power to its blossoms and cherries (most of the fruit we eat here hails from kinder climates, many, many miles away).
We aren’t the only fans of the Nanking cherries. A solar charger powers four electric wires to keep the deer from feasting on the tender branches. And if the birds will share some of the cherries with me, maybe I can make a pie this year!
|Nanking cherry (foreground) and golden currant|
“…For the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true….” –EPHESIANS 5:9 (ESV)