Amur - Goldspur
Dwarf variety of "Goldrush" Prized for its copper coloured exfoliating bark. Grows to 15 feet by 20 feet
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Botanical (latin) name: Prunus maackii
Zone 2

As with all trees with the Amur prefix, this one was discovered on the banks of the Amur river that separate Manchuria from Russia. Its species name "maackii" was selected to honor the 19th century Russian Naturalist Richard Karlovich Maack who discovered the plant while exploring the Russian far east. Native to Korea, Siberia and Manchuria, it is hardy in zones 2-9.

The distinctive feature of the Amur Cherry is its shiny copper coloured bark that periodically peels off in paper thin layers. The creamy white flowers are moderately fragrant that turn into small edible black fruit that can be picked to make preserves or simply left on the tree for the birds.

The Amur Cherry grows best in moist well drained soil that is high in organic matter. It is moderately salt and pollution tolerant making it suitable for urban plantings. It has a moderate growth rate and can be grown as either a single or multi-stem tree. Most trees have their lower branches pruned to allow the bark to become more visible. and Orange-bronze flaky bark provides winter colour and exfoliates as the tree ages. Very hardy and a vigorous grower.

The Goldspur Amur Cherry is similar to the Goldrush Amur Cherry in all respects except for size. The Goldspur is a little more than half the size of the Goldrush reaching about 5m (15ft) in height by about 3m (10ft)in width. The tree has unique tufts of dark green foliage and coppery orange bark for winter colour.

Price last updated on Jan 05, 2014 Listing of Cherries

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