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PlantFiles: Amur Chokecherry, Manchurian Cherry
Prunus maackii

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Prunus (PROO-nus) (Info)
Species: maackii (MAK-ee-eye) (Info)

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30-40 ft. (9-12 m)
over 40 ft. (12 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 C (-50 F)
USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage
Good Fall Color

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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1 positive
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive tekkie On Jun 5, 2014, tekkie from Helena, MT wrote:

I have one of these trees in my back yard. The tree has beautiful, peeling copper colored bark. It seems to be quite hardy and drought tolerant. It is quite tidy, and the birds enjoy it. Branches seem to be pretty strong.

Neutral carolh1 On May 1, 2014, carolh1 from Boulder, CO wrote:

I planted this tree in Boulder, Colorado, around 1997. It has grown quickly, which is somewhat unusual for our climate. We no longer live at that house, and the tree has not been cared for. A heavy spring snowstorm demolished the tree several years ago but despite horrendous pruning, it came back and survived. It looks very beat up but the bark is absolutely stunning -- a shiny copper. Really gorgeous. I would try this tree again in a small yard or courtyard, especially for the winter interest the bark provides. Please see my posted photo of the bark.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 25, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Also known as Amur Cherry. Grow it for the fantastic-looking bark alone.

Neutral darylmitchell On Oct 18, 2005, darylmitchell from Saskatoon, SK (Zone 3a) wrote:

Amur chokecherry are used as accent trees in this area, with single or multiple trunks. They are pyramidal in shape when young, becoming more rounded as they mature. They are desirable for their shiny, metallic copper coloured bark that exfoliates and provides year-round interest. They also produce clusters of pendulous white blossoms in spring, and black fruit that attracts birds. Problems can include a short life span, frost cracking, and black knot fungus.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Anchorage, Alaska
Boulder, Colorado
Moscow, Idaho
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Belfield, North Dakota
Spokane, Washington
Cambridge, Wisconsin

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