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Prunus virginiana (Common Chokecherry)

The Common Chokecherry is a small tree, sometimes a shrub, and often forms dense thickets of woody growth. It has small white flowers that grow in elongated, drooping clusters and produce dark red cherries. The bark of the tree is brown or gray, sometimes smooth, sometimes scaly. Many kinds of wildlife eat its small, reddish fruits. People also occasionally plant the Common Chokecherry tree as an ornamental, or to provide food for birds.

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Common_Chokecherry

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Plant Details +

Size 12-18"
Height Up to 25'
Spacing 3-4'
Hardiness Zones 4-10
Exposure Partial to full sun
Foliage Medium Green
Flower White
Bloomtime April-July

General Information +

Botanical: Prunus virginiana

Common: Common Chokecherry'

Family: Rosaceae

General Characteristics: The natural range of this tree includes much of southern Canada and northern United States. In Ohio it occurs most frequently in the northern counties and in scattered parts of the southern counties. The wood of this tree is similar to that of the Black Cherry, but it has no commercial value because of the tree's small size. Although the fruit is harsh and puckery, people sometimes use it in making jams and jellies. Chokecherry tends to grow in dense colonies that often include other trees and shrubs. Chokecherry blooms between April and June. Fruit appears between July and October. Colonies establish from sprouts originating from root crowns and rhizomes.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Planting Instructions: The Common Chokecherry prefers rich moist soils, but often is found in poorer, drier soils. It grows in forest edges and openings. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly.