The Shubert variety of the Chokecherry has a deep purple tone which adds variety to any landscape. This landscaping tree has a medium growth rate and will reach 20-30′ tall and can live up to 40 years! Additionally, we should note that this is the self-pollinating variety, so it doesn’t require a second plant nearby to set fruit. This is awesome because you can easily enjoy the white flowers in the spring followed by black cherries which can be used in jams, preserves, and other baking sauces.
This tree thrives in full sun and does best in average to evenly moist conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH but will get cranky in standing water. Additionally, It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner-city environments. So, if you are out in the county or in the city, you can enjoy the rich purple tree or the birds, bees, and butterflies it will attract.
This variety of Choke cherry will sucker to form colonies in the wild which can provide a lovely hedge or windbreak or you may opt to remove suckers to prevent any unwanted spread. Note: In areas prone to ice storms or heavy wet snows this tree is susceptible to branches breaking as the wood is weak.
Interesting Fact: All varieties of Chokecherries are likely to get Black Knot Fungus. But don’t worry, they can live a long, long time with this disease. Just periodically cut out the visible swelling and your tree will live for many more years.