Last May I posted a perennial; so, this time I opted for a deciduous tree (it is actually more like a shrub but can be trained to look like a tree). I chose this plant because I have childhood memories associated with it.
Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana), is an attractive little native tree. In the wild it looks more like a large shrub; but, it is generally used in the urban landscape as a tree (in naturalized settings it can work well to allow it to take on a shrub form). In mid to late spring, the tree is replete with attractive, little white flowers that grow in four-inch elongated bunches (racemes). See the picture.
These flowers later become dark purple/black berries that are commonly used in jellies and jams. It is for this reason I first learned about this plant as a young boy. Each year, just before school started again, my family and I would gather bucketfuls from native chokecherries growing on our summer rangeland (in a mountainous area). This resulted in myriad bottles of chokecherry jam.
The native chokecherry has green leaves; but, red-leaf varieties are more commonly used in the urban landscape--for good reason. Emerging leaves are green yet transform into an attractive red-purple hue by summer. During the transition period, the tree is comprised of green and red leaves, making it an attractive site in the landscape--at least I think so. 'Schubert' and 'Canada Red' are probably the most popular red-leaf varieties.
I have to admit that this tree tends to sucker; so, you will need to decide if you want to deal with this. Due to its suckering habit, some recommend using it in a naturalized setting. It is also susceptible to black knot disease; but, this can always be pruned out. For me, I believe the positive aspects outweigh the potential problems.