Padus maackii (Rupr.) Kom.
Manchurian cherry, Amur chokecherry
This tree is easily identified by the amazing bark. The shiny bark with the lentil-like design is brown-reddish or goldish-brown, sometimes almost bronzed and has «shaggy» appearance as a result of the surface layers peeling process.
It is a tree of up to 15-17 m in height with a trunk diameter of 40-45 cm, fast growing.
The dense crown is egg-shaped, regular or wide.
It grows in the wooded river valleys, often by the rocks and rocky formations. It rises up to 800 m above sea level in mountains.
It is winter hardy and thrives in sunny locations.
It is an excellent honey bee plant. Since the Manchurian cherry fruits are one of the favourite bear's delicacies, the tree is often called a «bear bird cherry tree». It is widely used in planting of greenery.
Distribution in the Russia's Far East. Primorsky and Khabarovsky Krais, Amurskaya Oblast.
General distribution. China, Korean Peninsula.
Authors: M.N. Chipizubova, L.M. Pshennikova
Фото: L. Pshennikova, M. Chipizubova, N. Razzhigaeva