(Berg Redleaf Bird Cherry, Bird Cherry)
This outstanding small tree boasts fragrant white spring blossoms and handsome burgundy foliage. Appearing early in spring, its oval, pointed leaves bear tints of bronze and green before deepening to wine red with maturity. Drooping clusters of sweet-scented, white flowers emerge in abundance from the branch tips in mid-spring. These are followed by small purple-black fruits which ripen in late summer and are beloved by many songbirds. The bitter fruits are edible to humans and are sometimes...
(Bird Cherry, Summer Glow Bird Cherry)
Summer Glow bird cherry is grown for its showy burgundy-red summer foliage and its fragrant white spring flowers. It is a selection of Prunus padus, a hardy deciduous tree that has long been cultivated in its native Eurasia as well as in temperate regions of North America.
The spreading to ascending branches of this small to medium-sized, round-crowned tree are furnished with elliptical leaves which flush green in early spring before maturing to red-purple. The leaves have finely toothed...
(Bird Cherry, Mayday Tree)
Exceptionally cold hardy with drooping, fragrant spring flowers and yellow fall foliage, Mayday tree is a tough deciduous shade or street tree. Hailing from Eurasia, from northern Europe fully eastward to Japan and Korea, it is a modest-sized tree and eventually attains an upright shape with ascending branches. Its leaves emerge early in spring, and may bear tints of bronze and green when young. Once mature, the leaves turn dull green and have an oval but pointed shape. In early to mid-spring, the...
The largest of the cherries, this fast-growing, medium to large deciduous tree is valued not only for its ornamental attributes but also as a timber tree. It is native from central and eastern North America to Guatemala.
The tapered, oval, saw-edged leaves are glossy dark green above and paler underneath. New leaves are often bronze-tinged, and fall color is typically bright yellow. In mid to late spring, upright to horizontal, cylindrical clusters of white five-petaled flowers adorn the branches,...
A dense medium-sized deciduous shrub valued for its cold-hardiness and its early bloom, this Asian native bears masses of scented pale pink flowers in earliest spring. Edible round red fruits follow the flowers. The reddish-brown bark provides winter interest. The oval leaves have fuzzy undersides.
This tough shrub relishes sun and well-drained soil, and thrives in areas with cold winters. Use it where its early flowers can be seen and smelled. It is also a candidate for the edible garden.
James H. Schutte
(Flowering Almond, Rose Tree of China)
In early spring the flowering almond's branches are densely lined with delicate pink blossoms that brighten the landscape. A cold hardy deciduous shrub from China, it attains a rounded mature shape with many vertical and twiggy branches. The single pink flowers open all along the young twigs in early spring, and are sometimes nipped by frosts. Pollinated by bees, the blooms are followed by small red fruits in summer. Leaves emerge just after flowering, becoming mid- to dark green, and are broadly...
In early spring the double flowering almond's branches are densely lined with fluffy, double, delicate pink blossoms. A cold hardy deciduous shrub from China, it attains a rounded mature shape with many vertical and twiggy branches. The rosy flowers open all along the young twigs in early spring, and are sometimes nipped by frosts. Leaves emerge just after flowering, becoming mid- to dark green, and are broadly oval with toothed edges, sometimes bearing up to three lobes. Their undersides are a...
Dazzling with very fragrant white flowers in spring, chokecherry also produces dark red berries and a pretty fall foliage display in autumn. Native to central North America, this deciduous large shrub to small tree typically suckers to form a thicket. An individual tree's canopy is typically pyramid-like, with a smooth to slightly platy gray-brown bark. If its twigs are broken, they may emit a somewhat unpleasant odor. Glossy green to dark green leaves emerge in spring, unfurling to become broad...
Gerald L. Klingaman
(Canada Red Chokecherry, Chokecherry, Purpleleaf Chokecherry)
'Canada Red' is a vigorous chokecherry variety whose foliage is striking deep burgundy in summer. A sport of the older cultivar 'Schubert', it is faster growing and has a straighter trunk and more deeply colored foliage. Its parent is a deciduous small tree native to central North America which typically suckers to form a thicket. An individual tree's canopy is usually pyramid-like, with a smooth to slightly platy gray-brown bark.
The glossy leaves of 'Canada Red' emerge green in spring,...
James H. Schutte
(Chokecherry, Purpleleaf Chokecherry, Schubert Chokecherry)
Introduced in 1943, ‘Schubert’ is a chokecherry cultivar which has long been valued for its striking red-purple summer foliage. Its parent is a deciduous small tree native to central North America which typically suckers to form a thicket. An individual tree's canopy is usually pyramid-like, with a smooth to slightly platy gray-brown bark.
The glossy leaves of 'Schubert' emerge green in spring, changing to an appealing wine-red as they mature. Overall, the tree grows its finest in regions...