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Scientific name: Prunus virginiana 'Canada Red'

Type:Deciduous tree
Plant Requirements
Zone:2 to 10
Sun:Full to partial sun
Plant Characteristics
Height:25 ft
Width:20 ft
Bloom:Spring flowers
Bloom Time:April to May
Bloom Color:White
Additional Characteristics



Wildlife value

Description Canada Red Chokecherry is the red-leaf variety of the native American chokeberry. It has been selected for its straight trunk, uniform growth, burgundy foliage and abundant red/purple fruits.

As a deciduous tree, which grows to a height of 20-25 ft, but less in spread, this cultivar sends out green leaves in the spring, which turn dark purple by mid-summer. Leaves are up to 3” long and half as wide. Small white flowers in hanging clusters 3-5" long are produced in May. The edible fruits are small, reddish-purple, and relished by birds. People should not eat the berries raw as they are considered poisonous. However, they can be processed into jams and jellies.

This plant prefers well drained sites over heavy wet soils. While it does best in full sun, it can withstand partial shade. Once established, it can tolerate dry conditions. Bird lovers will enjoy the wide array of song birds that feast on the ripening fruit.

No serious pest problems in the arid Northwest.
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