Amur cherry is a small to medium sized specimen tree. Beautiful amber to reddish-brown flaking bark, clusters of fragrant, white hanging flowers in spring, red maturing to black fruit, and beautiful yellow fall color make this a great four-season small tree.
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Zone 3
- Zone 4
- Zone 5
- Zone 6
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
- Occasional flooding
- Alkaline soil
- Acid soil
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Medium tree (25-40 feet)
- Early winter
- Mid winter
- Mid spring
- Late spring
- Mid summer
- Early fall
Size & Form
20 to 30 foot tall and 20 to 30 wide
Dense, broadly rounded habit
Tree & Plant Care
Does best in cold climates, intolerant of heat and humidity.
Full sun, tolerant of light shade in well-drained soil. Protected site best.
Prefers a cool root environment, mulch with 3 to 4 inches of wood chips to moderate soil temperatures.
Needs pruning to maintain shape
May be difficult to find in a nursery.
Disease, pest, and problem resistance
Prone to borers, cankers, and Japanese beetle
Native geographic location and habitat
Native to Korea, Manchuria, & Siberia
Bark color and texture
Attractive reddish-brown to golden-brown, exfoliating bark
Color can vary with age
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Alternate, simple, deciduous leaves, 2 to 4 inches long, ovate leaf shape with serrate leaf margins
Medium green leaves turn a yellow fall color
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Small, clusters of 2 to 3 inch long white racemes. Flowers are fragrant
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Red fruit matures to black in August. Loved by birds.