SelecTree: Tree Detail
BIRCH BARK CHERRY
Photo Locations: Strybing Arboretum - San Francisco, CA
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.
Additional Common Names
BIRCH BARK CHERRY, PAPERBARK CHERRY, ORNAMENTAL CHERRY
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.
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, Armillaria, 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.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Prunus serrula Tree Record." 1995-2018. May 21, 2018.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/prunus-serrula >