TREES & plants

Amur cherry

Spring flowers of Amur cherry.

Amur cherry is an ornamental tree native to Manchuria, Siberia, and Korea. It has beautiful amber to reddish-brown flaking bark; clusters of fragrant, white hanging flowers in spring; and red maturing to black fruit.

Botanical name: 
Prunus maackii
All Common Names: 
Amur cherry, Amur chokecherry, Manchurian cherry
Family (English): 
Family (Botanic): 
Tree or Plant Type: 
  • Tree
  • Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
Native Locale: 
  • Non-native
Planting Site: 
  • Residential and parks, 
  • Wide median
Landscape Uses: 
  • Massing, 
  • Shade tree, 
  • Specimen
Size Range: 
  • Large tree (more than 40 feet), 
  • Medium tree (25-40 feet)
Mature Height: 
35-45 feet
Mature Width: 
25-35 feet
Light Exposure: 
  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
Hardiness Zones: 
  • Zone 3, 
  • Zone 4, 
  • Zone 5 (Chicago), 
  • Zone 6, 
  • Zone 7
Soil Preference: 
  • Moist, well-drained soil
Acid Soils: 
  • Tolerant
Alkaline Soils: 
  • Tolerant
Salt Spray: 
  • Moderately Tolerant
Soil Salt: 
  • Intolerant
Drought Conditions: 
  • Tolerant
Poor Drainage: 
  • Intolerant
Planting Considerations: 
  • May be difficult to find in nurseries
Ornamental Interest: 
  • Spring blossoms, 
  • Showy flowers, 
  • Attractive bark
Season of Interest: 
  • Early winter, 
  • Mid winter, 
  • Late winter, 
  • Early spring, 
  • Mid spring, 
  • Late spring, 
  • Mid summer, 
  • Early fall, 
  • Mid fall
Flower Color & Fragrance: 
  • Fragrant, 
  • White
Shape or Form: 
  • Pyramidal, 
  • Round
Growth Rate: 
  • Moderate, 
  • Fast
Transplants Well: 
  • Yes
  • Birds
More Information: 

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, pests, and problems

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.

Prunus maackii or Amur cherry