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Prunus maackii

Chokecherry, Amur

Rosaceae - Rose

Description

Leaves: Alternate; simple; elliptic to obovate; 2" to 4" long and one-third as wide; deciduous; bright green; sharply, finely serrate margin; petiole 1/2" long with small, usually with conspicuous glands or bumps on each side at base of leaf blade.

Twigs/buds: Twigs slender; red-brown, pubescent when young.  Terminal buds 1/4" to 1/3" long, scaly, red-brown to brown like twig; lateral buds same size or slightly smaller.

Flowers/fruit: Flowers perfect; showy, white, 1/2" across, appear in elongated bunches in May.  Fruit a red, 1/4" diameter drupe maturing black in August.

Bark: Very distinctive coppery orange-bronze and shiny-smooth, peeling on older stems; with horizontally elongated lenticels.

Wood: Unknown.

General: Native to Korea and Manchuria; not Utah.  Shrubby tree that gets medium-sized, often with a multi-stemmed habit.  Likes fairly moist locations with rich soils, but will do well on poorer sites.  Shade intolerant.  Fruit and/or plant part can be nuisances; use fruitless varieties if possible.

Landscape Use: Attractive flowers and especially showy bark make this a good tree.  Has been added in this edition because I finally saw one in Murray's City Park doing well; healthy and vigorous.  Limited cultivars available.  Zones 3-6.

Cultivar: 'Amber Beauty', 'Goldrush', 'Goldspur'.

Characteristics

General

Family:
Rosaceae - Rose
Cultivar Availability:
Yes
Hardiness Zone:
3-6
Type:
Broadleaf
Utah Native:
No

Growth

Growth Rate:
Medium
Mature Height:
Medium
Longevity:
Medium
Is Good Under Power Lines:
No
Crown Shape:
Shrubby

Ornamental

Bark:
Yes
Fall Color:
Yes
Flowers:
Yes
Foliage:
No
Fruit:
No

Tolerence

Shade:
Low
Salt:
Medium
Drought:
Medium
Poor Drainage:
Low
Alkalinity:
High
Transplanting:
Medium