Trees and Shrubs forum: Canada red chokecherry

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springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
May 8, 2014 12:35 PM CST
I seen these at a local nursery and the foliage is really pretty. It says on the tag that birds like the fruits so I am thinking of planting several of these, but I wonder if it is a long term tree or short lived? I am looking for something long term that grows fast but is not invasive.... any such thing? I loved the purple color leaves on this and that it doesn't get humungous as many trees do. Tag says to 30 ft. Does that sound right?

springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
May 8, 2014 12:52 PM CST
Do Willow Oaks have invasive roots? I think they grow faster than most oaks so that makes me wonder if they are invasive?
Name: Lori
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growitall
May 8, 2014 9:13 PM CST
We have a mature 25' 'Schubert' (in zone 3), and 'Canada Red' is a sport of it, so yes, the height estimate is reasonable.
BUT... If you don't want an invasive tree, you definitely don't want a chokecherry (Prunus virginiana). Horticulture wants these to be single-trunked trees; however, that's completely against their nature which is to be a bushy thicket, which it will try to get to be by sending up suckers in a radius around the trunk. These have to be cut out several times through the growing season. Our 'Schubert' is a beautiful, well-shaped small tree, but it's inherited - I would sure never plant one! It would be great if they were put on a nonsuckering rootstock (e.g. mayday) but this doesn't seem to happen.
Name: BrendaVR
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6a)
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BrendaVR
Aug 5, 2014 8:44 PM CST
I have to say Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana) is not at all invasive. Not at all. But it most certainly is not a single trunked tree.

It is a shrub, and not a single stem shrub either... I've planted a number of them in my yard. They have wonderful arching spikes of flowers, provide berries for the birds and are a good host plant for butterflies as well. I expect mine to get a few stems, I would be happy with three or four (and don't really expect to many more as they are in part shade).

It is a suckering shrub and in full sun can produce a nice bushy growth but in full shade it often occurs single stemmed... Its certainly not as aggressive as many other garden shrubs available, certainly nothing to deem being called invasive.

When going to the nursery you have to do YOUR own research and scientific names are a must.
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Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
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Skiekitty
Oct 6, 2014 11:22 AM CST
Glad that I found this thread.. was gonna go looking around here to see what people suggest for a Canadian red chokecherry growing a MASSIVE amounts of "trunks" at the base. I call it "shrubbin' out". Took out quite a few "trunks" yesterday, probably 20 or so, and some of them were about 12' tall! Other than that, I love this "tree". The leaves are a beautiful red all year, the flowers are very long-lasting and smell SOOO wonderful.. grows quickly for shade, but it's just the "shrubbin' out" part that I don't like! I wonder if I put some paint or something on the bottom where I cut off the extra trunks if that'd help?
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springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Oct 6, 2014 1:06 PM CST
They make a spray in a can (probably a brush on type also) that you put on the stumps after you cut them to keep them from sprouting back out.
But I think it would still sprout out more new ones besides the ones you cut off.

Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
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Skiekitty
Oct 6, 2014 1:35 PM CST
Yea, it seems that it sprouts new ones rather than regrowing the cut ones. I wonder how my local nursery has a HUGE HUGE HUGE Canadian chokecherry tree that's a big ol' tree, but you never ever see sprouts down at the base. If it weren't for the flowers I'd dig the tree up, but it shades my one room SO nicely and is a super fast grower and the flowers smell SOOOOOOOOOO good in the spring. That room used to get 90+degs in the summer w/the AC on because it faces pure South & the sun would just beat the snot outta the window. The tree protects that room nicely so it doesn't get as hot now.
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