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PRUNUS MAACKII – AMUR CHERRY

Prunus maackii, commonly called the Amur cherry, Amur chokecherry or Manchurian cherry, is a deciduous, ornamental tree. Prunus maackii is a popular tree in landscaping for those who like birds and pollinators. 

Prunus maackii is native to Manchuria, Siberia, and Korea. In the spring, Prunus maackii develops clusters of white flowers that mature into dark fruits. These flowers are fragrant and are an excellent attractor of pollinators, while the fruit is a favourite among various birds.  Prunus maackii has very distinctive curling bark that turns a metallic bronze-colour in the fall and winter and peels away, revealing new bark beneath.  

This tree is easy to care for, especially when it has become established and is more tolerant of droughts. Prunus maackii is suitable to grow in hardiness zones of 3 to 7. It prefers well-drained soil and full sun but can tolerate slightly shaded areas. Prunus maackii has a tendency to look like a shrub as it ages, prune off lower branches in the winter, when the tree is dormant, to ensure this does not happen. Prunus maackii can grow quite large, at maturation it can be six to nine meters tall and seven to ten meters wide. 

Plant this tree away from cement or brick sidewalks, as its shallow, laterally growing roots can cause the walkways and patios to break.

The best place to see Prunus maackii, or Amur Cherry, at Assiniboine Park is in the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden, south of the schoolhouse gallery along the Trans Canada Trail. This tree can also be found near the Steam Train station, and in the new forest plantings at the Northern section of the Grove. 

Sources:
The Morton Arboretum | Gardening Know How
Amur cherry foliage