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‘Schubert’ choke cherry

Prunus virginiana 'Schubert'

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‘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 CharacteristicsBurgundy foliage and reddish purple fruit that attracts birds. The species is a U.S. native.

CareProvide full sun to light shade and alkaline soil. Plant choke cherry where bird activity will not cause a problem.

PropagationRemove rooted suckers, if any.

ProblemsTent caterpillars are the primary problem.

  • Genus : Prunus
  • Plant Height : 15 to 30 feet
  • Plant Width : 15 to 30 feet
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Flower Color : Pink
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage, Showy Fruit
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Bloom Time : Spring
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest

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