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Tree of the Week - August 9, 2004

Chokecherry Fruit, by Thayne Tuason, wcnp.orgChokecherry

Prunus virginiana--Chokecherry 


Hardiness Zones: 2 to 6 
Height: 25 ft
Spread: 20 ft
Form: oval 
Type: deciduous tree 
Annual Growth Rate: 12 to 18 inches 
Flowers: White 
Fruit: Red to black 

Comments: Native Chokecherry is usually found in landscapes in the form of one of its cultivars. It is a cold hardy tree with clusters of fanciful white flowers in the spring. The fruit are red at first and turn black with maturity. Sometimes produces suckers, which can be removed to preserve the tree's form. 

Cultivars: 
'Schubert' ('Canada Red') - The foliage emerges green but turns purple with age. The fall color is orange and red. 
'Schubert Select' ('Canada Red Select') - The foliage is darker red and thicker than 'Schubert.' 

Delicate Chokecherry Flower, by Thayne Tuason, wcnp.org Summer-purple leaves of Canada Red Select

Some photos courtesy of Thayne Tuason, www.wcnp.org

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