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Canada Red Select Cherry Tree

Prunus virginiana ‘Shubert Select’

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Canada Red Select Cherry Tree, small tree with red leaves

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Many people are choosing native plants and trees for their landscapes. These species are beautiful and help the environment. If you are looking for a special tree, then take a peek at the magnificent Canada Red Select cherry tree (Prunus virginiana ‘Shubert Select’). It looks great throughout the year and requires minimal care from you. Along with that, the local songbirds will flock to your yard. For your next landscaping project, add this beauty to your space.

Plant Attributes

This cherry tree features a pyramidal to oval habit. During the springtime, the white blossoms produce a fragrant scent. These tiny flowers are arranged on the 6-inch branches. After the flowers have finished blooming, shiny green leaves develop on the branches. As they age, the leaves transform into a deep purple shade for the remainder of the growing season. The fall foliage deepens into shades of red and orange tones. In the winter, the branch structure adds some winter interest to your outdoor spaces. Along with the flowers and foliage, the Canada Red Select produces tiny chokecherries. If you carefully remove the seeds, these cherries can be harvested for jams and jellies.

Landscape Use

Since the cherries develop on the tree, this is the ideal choice to create a wildlife food garden in your yard. The cherries are attractive to birds, and they will gather in the summer to snack on the ripening fruit. This tree also provides shelter for butterflies and chipmunks. You want to add this tree to a prominent spot in your yard. If you have a foundation planting, this cherry tree is a great species to anchor that space. The Canada Red Select makes a beautiful accent near a front walkway or entranceway. You can underplant this tree with evergreen groundcovers, perennials, or spring-flowering bulbs. With these elements, you will create a picture-perfect display for your landscape.

You might also want to repeat them along your property to delineate the space or line your driveway. If you pair these cherry trees with flowering crabapples, you are guaranteed to have a spectacular spring showing of fruit and blooms. Throughout your landscape, the Canada Red Select will become your favorite tree in those mixed borders or patio plantings. You should think about adding them to shelterbelts or windbreaks to boost the appearance of your space. The deep foliage and sweet fragrance enchant any place in your landscape. This cherry tree also works well in a formal garden setting. It doesn’t matter where you place this tree. The Canada Red Select is guaranteed to stand out and bring some color to your yard.

Planting & Care

The Canada Red Select is a water-wise tree, and it can adapt to a wide range of soil conditions. This tree thrives in USDA hardiness zones 2 to 7. You want to plant this cherry tree in well-draining soil. If your planting space does hold in some water, you may want to create a planting bed to improve drainage. A mounded heap of dirt can also help to reduce water issues. The Canada Red Select must be in a location with full sunshine. After a few seasons of growth, this tree becomes drought tolerant.

When the plant is developing, you need to give it a moderate amount of water on a regular basis. If you want to protect the root system, you may want to add a thick layer of mulch over the base. The Canada Red Select cherry tree does not need pruning. When you need to cut, you should do it in the winter. Broken or crossing branches must be removed to allow more sunlight and air circulation. Other than that, this cherry tree requires very little care from you.

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Canada Red Select Cherry Tree


The Canada Red Select cherry is known for its straight trunk, uniform top, and vigorous growth. You will be amazed by the beauty of this particular cherry tree. As the foliage matures, the green leaves turn darker. These trees produce thicker leaves than a regular Canada Red. Once spring arrives, the tree has long clusters of small white flowers with dark purple fruits.

If you are in the market for a spectacular cherry tree, please reach out to your wholesale tree nursery – Arbor Valley Nursery. We have a wide selection of products, and our team can help you find the right species for your landscape. For more information, please fill out the contact form.

Plant Features

  • Plant Type: Tree
  • Watering Needs: Water regularly
  • Botanical Pronunciation: PROO-nus vir-jin-ee-AH-na
  • Deciduous/evergreen: Deciduous
  • Growth rate: Moderate
  • Average landscape size: 25 to 30 ft. tall, 15 to 20 ft. wide
  • Special features: Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Tolerates Poor Soils, Year-round Interest, Bird Friendly
  • Foliage color: Burgundy
  • Blooms: Small white flowers in spring, followed by small black fruit
  • Flower color: White
  • Flower attributes: Showy Flowers
  • Garden style: Asian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage
  • Design Ideas: Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Privacy Screen, Specimen, Windbreak, Wildlife Garden
  • Companion Plants: Dwarf fothergilla, sedum ‘Autumn Joy’, prairie dropseed

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