Merlot® European birdcherry (Prunus padus 'Drietree')

USDA Hardiness Zones

USDA hardiness zones
Zone Zone  more information
Hardy to zone 3
Mature Height Mature Height
to 30 feet
Mature Spread Mature Spread
15 to 18 feet
Growth Rate Growth Rate
Sun Sun
Full Sun
Moisture Moisture
Moist soil, well drained
Fall Color Fall Color
Attracts Wildlife Attracts Wildlife
Flower Flower
Fruit Fruit
Evergreen Evergreen
Native to WI Native to WI
Additional Information Additional Information
upright-oval form; 30’ tall; 15-18’ wide; leaves emerge green, then turn purple in summer; reddish-purple fall color; susceptible to a number of insects and diseases especially black knot and eastern tent caterpillar

UW Extension
For more information, see the UW Extension Urban Horticulture Team Web site:
Primary Author: Dr. Laura Jull
Photos by: Dr. Laura Jull and Dr. Ed Hasselkus

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