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Amur Chokecherry Information – How To Grow Amur Chokecherry Trees

Amur Chokecherry Information – How To Grow Amur Chokecherry Trees


Attention bird lovers! Do you want to attract songbirds to your yard? If so, you may want to add an Amur chokecherry (Prunus maackii) to the landscape. Not only does Amur cherry provide food and shelter to birds and other wildlife, it also makes a beautiful specimen tree, with four seasons of interest. What is an Amur cherry? Read on for the answer, as well as tips on growing Amur chokecherries.

Amur Chokecherry Information

Commonly known as Amur chokecherry, Amur cherry, or Manchurian cherry, these trees provide food and nesting sites for robins, thrushes, grosbeak, woodpeckers, jays, bluebirds, catbirds, kingbirds, and grouse. In the wild, the berries are also eaten by chipmunks, squirrels, skunks, foxes, deer, bear, and moose. Chokecherries are also edible to humans and are used in jams and jellies.

Amur chokecherries provide four seasons of interest in the landscape. In mid-spring, the tree is covered in fragrant white flowers, which also attract pollinators to the garden. The blooms are followed in summer by the black colored berries that birds and other wildlife find irresistible.

In autumn, Amur chokecherry’s medium green foliage turns a bright yellow. Although this foliage drops earlier than most other trees, Amur chokecherry has one last beautiful feature to add to the landscape. In late fall through winter, the tree’s curling, peeling bark is most visible and takes on a metallic bronze-copper color that stands out brilliantly against the winter snow and gray skies. This bark was described by the University of Florida’s IFAS Extension as “one of the most attractive bark features of any tree in North America.”

How to Grow Amur Chokecherry Trees

Amur chokecherry is hardy in zones 3-6. They prefer to grow in full sun but can tolerate part shade. Amur cherry can adapt to clay, sand, loam, slightly alkaline, or acidic soils. They are also drought tolerant once established and are moderately tolerant of salt spray.

As young trees, Amur cherry is pyramidal in shape, but they become more rounded and full with age. When growing Amur chokecherries in the landscape, it may be necessary to prune off lower branches to make the trees more “tree” shaped and less shrubby. Pruning to shape should be done in winter while the tree is dormant.

One slight downfall to Amur cherries is that they form shallow, lateral roots. When planting Amur chokecherries, it is best to plant them 20-25 feet (6-7.6 m.) out from any cement or brick sidewalks or patios.

In the right site and with proper care, an Amur cherry can grow into a lovely 20- to 30-foot (6-9 m.) tall and wide specimen tree.


What Is An Amur Cherry: Learn About Amur Cherry Care In The Landscape - garden

Other Names: Amur Chokecherry

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

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.

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

Amur Cherry is recommended for the following landscape applications

  • Accent
  • Shade

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.


What Is An Amur Cherry: Learn About Amur Cherry Care In The Landscape - garden

Other Names: Amur Chokecherry

A spectacular and hardy accent tree with a uniformly upright growth habit panicles of white flowers in spring, good fall color, and radiant golden-bronze bark, very showy in winter best in full sun and well-drained soil resistant to frost cracking

Goldrush Amur Cherry features showy racemes of fragrant white flowers hanging below the branches in mid spring. It has emerald 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 indian red bark is extremely showy and adds significant winter interest.

Goldrush Amur Cherry is a deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. 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. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Goldrush Amur Cherry is recommended for the following landscape applications

  • Accent
  • Shade

Goldrush Amur Cherry will grow to be about 35 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 medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

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 is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.


What Is An Amur Cherry: Learn About Amur Cherry Care In The Landscape - garden

Other Names: Amur Chokecherry

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

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.

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

Amur Cherry is recommended for the following landscape applications

  • Accent
  • Shade

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.


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