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Prunus virginiana

Common Chokecherry, Chokecherry

Community: Foothill

Brief Description

Showy spring flowers, summer sour cherries, good backdrop tree.

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  • Bejewelled Fruit Display
  • Cherries Make Jam
  • Pretty Spring Flowers
  • Birds Love It

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Availability: Temporarily sold out. New inventory is made available in the spring and fall of each year.

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Plant Description and Details

Graceful, slender shrub-tree bears its cherry flowers profusely in 6-inch "pendulant spikes" of white. In summer, showy scarlet to black "cherries" droop from the limbs like strings of translucent beads. Chokecherry's abundant fruit is a feast for birds. Humans may preserve the fruit as a cooked tangy jelly or syrup, but the fresh fruit are too sour for most people.

Common Names Common Chokecherry, Chokecherry
Community Foothill
Annual Water Needs 15-20 inches
Drought Tolerant Yes
Native Range Sagebrush and Ponderosa country, open woods, widespread east of the Cascades
Native States CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY
Hardiness Down to Zone 4
Exposure Sun
Placement Wildlife plantings, wind breaks, flowering cherry substitute.
Mature Height 12 - 20 ft.
Mature Width 12 ft.
Group Spacing 8-15 ft.
Blossom Color White
Blooms Late Spring
Establishment Tips Water at planting and 3-4 times deeply the first summer.
Maintenance Tips Pruning enhances ornamental value.
Wildlife Notes Berries are a treat for wildlife.
Plants Symbol PRVI
Family Name Rosaceae
Lewis & Clark Yes

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