Amur Chokecherry, Manchurian Cherry

Prunus maackii

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



Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Provides winter interest

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


On Mar 25, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

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


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.