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Prunus maackii

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Amur Cherry (Prunus maackii) at Landsburg Landscape Nursery

Amur Cherry bark

Amur Cherry bark

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Amur Cherry (Prunus maackii) at Landsburg Landscape Nursery

Amur Cherry

Amur Cherry

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Amur Cherry (Prunus maackii) at Landsburg Landscape Nursery

Amur Cherry in fall

Amur Cherry in fall

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  40 feet

Spread:  30 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  2

Other Names:  Amur Chokecherry

Description:

A ravishing four season accent tree, with panicles of white flowers in spring, good fall color and amazing glowing bronze-red bark peeling in strips, very showy in winter; fast growing and hardy, best in a garden setting as it doesn't like competition

Ornamental Features

Amur Cherry features showy racemes of fragrant white flowers hanging below the branches in mid spring. It has green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves turn an outstanding lemon yellow in the fall. The black fruits are held in clusters in late summer. The peeling coppery-bronze bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

Landscape Attributes

Amur Cherry is a deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Disease

Amur Cherry is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Amur Cherry will grow to be about 40 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 30 years.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Shade 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Fall Color  Bark  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features