Canada Red Select Chokecherry

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Common Name : Canada Red Select Chokecherry

Scientific Name : Prunus virginiana ‘Schubert’

Zone : 2 to 7

Height : 20 to 30 feet

Width : 15 to 20 feet

Culture :

Grow in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Remove suckers to prevent unwanted spread. Fairly adaptable.

Description :

This chokecherry cultivar (sometimes called purpleleaf chokecherry) is a deciduous, suckering tree or shrub with a pyramidal habit which grows 20-30′ tall. ‘Schubert’ is best known for its purple foliage: elliptic to obovate leaves (to 5″ long) emerge green in spring, gradually maturing to dark purple by early summer. White flowers in racemes in spring give way in summer to clusters of reddish fruit (1/3″ diameter cherries) which mature in fall to a dark purple. Fruit is very astringent, hence the common name. Fruit may be used in sauces, jellies and preserves, however. Fruits are attractive to wildlife.

Problem :

Tent caterpillars can be a significant problem. Aphids, leaf spot, black knot and shot hole fungus are occasional but lesser problems.

Garden Uses:

Specimen, shrub border, open woodland garden, bird garden, screen or informal hedge.