Chokecherry Tree

Botanical name: Prunus virginiana
Family: Rosaceae (rose)

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Chokecherry - Prunus virginiana - Bark, Leaves and Flowers

A.K.A. Common chokecherry, Choke cherry

  • Deciduous
  • Small tree 10 -25 ft. in height
  • Simple leaf with fine double teeth on margin
  • Roots create an abundance of suckers
  • Edible fruit sometimes used in jelly and making wine. Bark, stems, leaves, and seed pits are toxic.
  • An astringent used medicinally for colds and cough
  • Soil conditions that support growth vary considerably. Chokecherry are found growing in most soil conditions, with the exception of heavy clay soils.
  • Intolerant of shade
  • pH 5.2-8.4
  • USDA Hardiness Zones 2-7