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BIRCH BARK CHERRY
Prunus serrula

Prunus serrula Prunus serrula Prunus serrula Prunus serrula Prunus serrula Prunus serrula Prunus serrula Prunus serrula Prunus serrula

Photo Locations: Strybing Arboretum - San Francisco, CA

General Notes

Provide drainage in clay soils by planting on slopes or in raised beds. Has glossy, mahogany colored ornamental bark.

Native to Japan, China, and Korea.

Family: Rosaceae

Additional Common Names

BIRCH BARK CHERRY, PAPERBARK CHERRY, ORNAMENTAL CHERRY

Tree Characteristics

Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.

Oval, Rounded or Umbrella Shape.

Has Deciduous foliage.

Height: 30 feet.

Width: 30 feet.

Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.

Longevity 50 to 150 years.

Leaves Lanceolate, Medium Green, Gold, Deciduous.

Flowers Showy. White. Flowers in Spring. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).

Red Drupe, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Winter or Summer.

Bark Striking Red Brown, Exfoliating or Smooth.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderately Dense in Leaf.

Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate out of Leaf.

Litter Issue is Flowers and Wet Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 2 - 7 and 14 - 16.

USDA Hardiness Zones 6 - 8.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Moist Soil.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Highly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Not Suited.

Pests & Disease Information

Susceptible to Caterpillars, Canker, Crown Rot, Oak Root Rot, Phytophthora, Root Rot, Rust and Verticillium.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Medium.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

None Known Health Hazard.

Fire Resistance is Favorable.

Attracts Birds and Bees.

Deer Palatable.

Special Uses & Values

Screen.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Prunus serrula Tree Record." 1995-2017. Nov 23, 2017.
< http://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/prunus-serrula >

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