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Prunus virginiana 'Schubert' ('Schubert' choke cherry)

Prunus virginiana 'Schubert' Photo/Illustration: Daryl Beyers


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Prunus virginiana 'Schubert' PREW-nus ver-jin-ee-AY-nah Common Name: 'Schubert' choke cherry Genus: Prunus
'Schubert' choke cherry, with its vivid foliage and pyramidal form, makes a fine focal point. Ephemeral, light pink flowers are followed by abundant, dark red-purple fruit that birds love. (Don't plant it near patios or walks, as they'll quickly be covered by bird droppings.) If the tree you buy isn't grafted onto nonsuckering rootstock; otherwise, suckers could become problematic as the years go by. -Ron Smith, Regional Picks: Upper Plains, Fine Gardening issue #120
Noteworthy characteristics: Burgundy foliage and reddish purple fruit that attracts birds. The species is a U.S. native.
Care: Provide full sun to light shade and alkaline soil. Plant choke cherry where bird activity will not cause a problem.
Propagation: Remove rooted suckers, if any.
Problems: Tent caterpillars are the primary problem.
Height 15 ft. to 30 ft.
Spread 15 ft. to 30 ft.
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Low
Characteristics Attracts Birds; Attracts Butterflies; Native; Showy Foliage; Showy Fruit
Bloom Time Spring
Foliage Color Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Flower Color Pink Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Hedge, Screening, Specimen Plant/ Focal Point
Style Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest
Type Shrubs,Trees

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