Chokecherry, Canada Red –
“Introduced in 1943, ‘Schubert’ is a chokecherry cultivar which has long been valued for its striking red-purple summer foliage. Its parent is a deciduous small tree native to central North America which typically suckers to form a thicket. An individual tree’s canopy is usually pyramid-like, with a smooth to slightly platy gray-brown bark.
The glossy leaves of ‘Schubert’ emerge green in spring, changing to an appealing wine-red as they mature. Overall, the tree grows its finest in regions with cool to warm summers, not hot and humid. By late spring many small, fragrant white flowers open on dangling spikes, called racemes, and are pollinated by bees. Small round red fruits develop over the summer darkening to red or black when fully ripe. These have an astringent flavor which gives the plant its common name. Fall foliage color ranges from shades of pale yellow to orange and bright red.
Chokecherry grows well in full sun to partial shade, and performs best in deep, fertile soils. Wildlife friendly and highly ornamental, it makes a great windbreak or buffer plant on the edges of properties. The fruits are eaten by many animals and are also edible to humans, sometimes used to make a delicious sweet preserve. However, there are some health concerns relating to the consumption of this plant by humans and mammals.”
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Chokecherry, Canada Red