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Schubert Chokecherry is best known for its purple foliage which emerges green in spring, gradually maturing to dark purple by early summer. White flowers in racemes in spring give way in summer to clusters of reddish fruit (1/3″ diameter cherries) which mature in fall to a dark purple. Fruit is very astringent, hence the common name. Fruit may be used in sauces, jellies and preserves, however. Fruits are attractive to wildlife.
Prunus virginiana 'Schubert'
Grow in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Remove suckers to prevent unwanted spread. Fairly adaptable.
Upright, rounded habit.
Elliptical leaves emerge green before turning deep purple by summer.
Profuse clusters of small, white flowers are very sweet-smelling.