'Schubert' choke cherry

Prunus virginiana 'Schubert'

Photo/Illustration: 
Daryl Beyers
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'Schubert' choke cherry (Prunus virginiana 'Schubert')
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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.

Overview

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
Flower Color
Pink Flower
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Hedge,
Screening,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point
Style
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs

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