TREES & Plants

Amur cherry

Amur cherry casts light shade as a specimen tree or when used in small groups.  Its best feature is its attractive, amber to reddish-brown flaking bark.  The clusters of small flowers in early to mid-May and colorful fruit in August are other appealing qualities. 

Botanical name: 
Prunus maackii
All Common Names: 
Amur cherry, amur chokecherry, Manchurian cherry
Family (English): 
Family (Botanic): 
Tree or Plant Type: 
  • Tree
  • Deciduous (foliage falls off)
Native Locale: 
  • Non-native
Hardiness Zones: 
  • Zone 3
  • Zone 4
  • Zone 5
  • Zone 6
Growth Rate: 
  • Fast
Light Exposure: 
  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
Soil Preference: 
  • Moist, well-drained soil
Flower Color & Fragrance: 
  • Fragrant
  • White
Size Range: 
  • Medium tree (25-40 feet)
Shape or Form: 
  • Pyramidal
  • Rounded
Landscape Uses: 
  • Specimen
  • Shade
Time of Year: 
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
More Information: 

Tree & Plant Care

  • Does best in cold climates. 
  • May be difficult to find in a nursery.

Disease, pests, and problems

  • heat sensitive

Disease, pest, and problem resistance

Native geographic location and habitat



Attracts birds, pollinators, or wildlife


Bark color and texture 

  • Color: reddish-brown
  • Texture: flaking

Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture


Flower arrangement, shape, and size

  • Arrangement: clustered
  • Shape:
  • Size: small, clusters are 2-3" long

Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions

  • red fruit matures to black in August

Cultivars and their differences