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.
All common names:
- Residential and parks,
- Wide median
Tree or Plant Type:
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Shade tree,
- Large tree (more than 40 feet),
- medium tree (25-40 feet)
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
- Zone 3,
- Zone 4,
- Zone 5 (Chicago),
- Zone 6,
- Zone 7
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Dry sites,
- Alkaline soil
- Moderately Tolerant
- May be difficult to find in nurseries
- 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:
Shape or Form:
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.