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Canada Red Chokecherry

Prunus virginiana 'Canada Red'

This tough, hardy, and colorful ornamental chokecherry is perfect for difficult spots, tolerating heat, cold, wind and poor soil. Each new flush of bright green leaves turns bright reddish purple, providing striking color throughout the growing season. The arching branches develop an evenly rounded crown, creating an attractive silhouette even when dormant. Deciduous.
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Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.

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Botanical PronunciationPROO-nus vir-jin-ee-AH-na
LoreThough highly astringent and not palatable when uncooked, the small fruit has been often used in sauces, jellies and preserves. Chokecherry fruits are attractive to wildlife.
Average Size at MaturityReaches 25 to 30 ft. tall, 15 to 20 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Design IdeasIdeal for use when an attractive specimen or group of trees is needed in an area with extremely difficult conditions. Useful as a lawn tree, in parkway plantings, open spaces, wildlife gardens, natural prairies and homesteads. A highly attractive ornamental tree for city yards.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeShowy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorBurgundy
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UsePrivacy Screen, Windbreak
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Benefits Birds
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater when top 2 inches of soil is dry.
Companion PlantsLilac (Syringa); Hydrangea (Hydrangea); Honeysuckle (Lonicera); Rosemary (Rosmarinus); Lavender (Lavandula)

Highly adaptable; grows easily in most average, well-drained soils. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; prefers regular water but tolerates mild, periodic dry spells. Prune root suckers to maintain tree form.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 2-10

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