Canada Red Chokecherry

Botanical Name: Prunus virginiana ‘Canada Red’

Alternate Name: Canadian Chokecherry, Canada Red Cherry

The Canada Red Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana ‘Canada Red’) is a unique and distinguished, small deciduous tree to add to a landscape. It brings interest and color throughout the growing season. It is one of the first trees to leaf out in the spring, providing an early source of food for pollinators. It makes a wonderful lawn tree, providing dappled shade and enough light to come through for turf to survive.

The Canada Red Chokecherry grows in an oval shape with an upright and spreading growth habit and good branch structure. It grows to a height of 25 feet tall and 20 feet wide.

The leaves emerge bright green with a tinge of bronze in the spring, maturing to a deep, rich, maroon color in the summer. The transition from green to purple leaves is a sight to behold when half the tree is still green and half is purple!

The leaf shape is ovate to lanceolate, and they grow up to 5-6 inches long. The bark is an attractive, red-brown color. Small, horizontally displayed lenticels can be seen on the bark surface.

The flowers of the Canada Red Chokecherry appear in April or May. They are very small, white, fragrant flowers that appear on drooping racemes, 3-6 inches long. The blooms are followed by small, red round drupes that ripen to dark purple.

Height: 25 ft.

Width: 20 ft.

Shape: Oval

Flower Color: White

Flowering Time: April

Fall Color: Red

Features: Showy spring flowers, attractive fall color, leaf color change from green to purple

Exposure: Full Sun

Watering: Moderate & Regular

Soil: Prefers moist, well-drained soil, but can tolerate some dryness. Tolerates a range of soil types and pH.

Growth Rate: Moderate

USDA Zones: 6-8

Uses: Accent tree, lawn tree, street tree

Similar Trees: Kwanzan Flowering Cherry (Prunus serrulata 'Kwanzan'), Japanese Flagpole Flowering Cherry (Prunus serrulata 'Amanogawa’), Mt. Fuji Japanese Flowering Cherry (Prunus serrulata ‘Mt Fuji’), Okame Flowering Cherry (Prunus x incamp 'Okame'), Akebono Flowering Cherry (Prunus x yedoensis 'Akebono'), Yoshino Flowering Cherry (Prunus x yedoensis 'Yoshino'), Columnar Sargent Flowering Cherry (Prunus sargentii 'Columnaris')

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