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Plant Profile: Paperbark Cherry (Prunus serrula)

Cherry paperbark Prunus serrulaThe bark of this cherry is outstanding for both its mahogany brown color and glossy texture and the tree is a great addition to the garden in winter when its bark can be admired. True, it produces attractive white flowers in spring but they are not as showy as those of many other varieties of cherry so if flowers are what you want pick another species. The cherry-like fruits are attractive to birds. This tree is not for everyone as it is susceptible to a large number of pests and diseases, especially viral diseases where the climate is warm and humid. That being said, the bark is so outstanding that it is worth a try if you are a connoisseur or lover of beautiful bark.

Type: Deciduous tree.

Outstanding Feature: Glossy red brown bark.

Form: Pyramidal to rounded.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Bloom: Umbels of 2-4 small (3/4”) white flowers are produced as the leaves appear in April to March.

Size: 20-30’ H x 20-30’ W.

Light: Full sun to part shade.

Soil: Well drained; organically rich.

Hardiness: Zones 5-8.

Care: Low maintenance.

Pests and Diseases: Susceptible to a large number of pests and diseases including leaf spot, powdery mildew, fireblight, cankers, leaf curl, aphids, scale, tent caterpillars, Japanese beetles, borers, leafhoppers, caterpillars and spider mites.

Propagation: Seeds; softwood cuttings in spring.

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