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.
- Residential and parks
- Wide median
- Large tree (more than 40 feet)
- Medium tree (25-40 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
- Zone 3
- Zone 4
- Zone 5
- Zone 6
- Zone 7
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Moderately Tolerant
- May be difficult to find in nurseries
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Spring blossoms
- Showy flowers
- Attractive bark
- Early winter
- Mid winter
- Late winter
- Early spring
- Mid spring
- Late spring
- Mid summer
- Early fall
- Mid fall
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.