Grow Cherry Trees With Attractive Bark
There are actually two cherry species that have great looking peeling bark. One is the Prunus maackii which can grow up to 35 to 45 feet tall. The bark peels similarly to a birch tree except that the color of the bark can range from shiny red to brownish yellow to cinnamon brown. You need to see the tree before choosing one so you can have the desired color of peeling bark. Not all of these trees have the bright color.
Also, 2- to 3-inch spikes of white flowers bloom in early to mid-May. It does have the common name of Amur chokecherry, which means birds will try to feed on the red-to-black maturing fruits. That can lead to small trees popping up wherever the soil is disturbed by cultivation when these seeds land in it.
Another cherry tree, Prunus serrula, can grow to 20 to 30 feet tall. This tree has a glistening bark surface that is a red-brown, mahogany in color. The flowers on this tree also appear in early to mid-May. They are larger than 1/2 of an inch and appear in groups of two or three. This tree is a little harder to find in nurseries but makes a tree of great beauty especially during the winter months.
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