Botanical name: Prunus virginiana
Family: Rosaceae (rose)
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A.K.A. Common chokecherry, Choke cherry
- 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