Canada Red Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana 'Schubert')

Canada Red Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana 'Schubert') (137064 bytes) Canada Red Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana 'Schubert')can be grown as is a pyrimdal tree that grows 20-30 feet in height, or a shrub. It is hardy to zone 3, has moderate water needs, and prefers full sun and well-drained soil. This tree is susceptible to black know disease which may disfigure many of the branches. Suckering may be a problem.

 

   
Canada Red Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana 'Schubert') foliage (3074 bytes) Canada Red Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana 'Schubert') fall foliage (17641 bytes) Foliage emerges as bright green but turns purplish for most of the summer. Leaves are 2 to 5 inches long, alternate, simple, and oblong to nearly oval with finely serrated margins. Fall color is orange and red.
Canada Red Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana 'Schubert') flowers (7581 bytes) Flowers are white, borne in loose, 3 to 6 inch-long terminal racemes in spring.
Canada Red Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana 'Schubert') fruit (8242 bytes) Fruit is a dark red, turning to purple drupe, 1/3 inch in diameter, that matures from July to October. Although very astringent, it can be used in sauces, jellies and preserves. Fruits are attractive to wildlife.
Canada Red Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana 'Schubert') bark (4504 bytes) Bark is a smooth, grayish-brown, with conspicuous lenticels that develop into shallow fissures. Young stems have shallowly peeling, curling layers.

Photos: Judy Sedbrook

 

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