Prunus virginiana L.
Common Chokecherry, Chokecherry
Chokecherries are widespread natives of North America.
Identification: Chokecherries are small trees up to about 18' (5.5 m) high, with white flowers and profuse berries that may be bright red or black. Don’t confuse chokecherries with chokeberries:
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|Plant||Typically 6-15' (1.8-4.6 m) high||A large shrub or small tree up to 18' (5.5 m) high|
|Flowers||Small pale pink flowers, about ½" (1.3 cm), with five petals each, in bunches of 10-25||Bunches (“racemes”) of 15-30 white flowers, each about ½" (1.3 cm) in size|
|Leaves||Alternate, red in autumn, covered with fine soft hairs on the underside||Fine serrations, dark above and pale green underneath|
|Fruit||Red, about ⅜" (9.5 mm) in diameter; very sour||Bright red to dark red or black, ¼-⅝" (6.3-15 mm) in diameter, extremely sour|
USDA Zones: 4-9
|Habitats||Wet woods, swamps||Moist woods; stream banks; prairie hillsides; fence rows; rocky bluffs; roadsides|
Prunus virginiana on Earl J.S. Rook's Flora, Fauna, Earth, and Sky ... The Natural History of the Northwoods
Prunus virginiana on Wikipedia
Prunus virginiana at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Prunus virginiana on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants
Prunus virginiana at the University of Wisconsin's Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium
Prunus virginiana on Montana Plant Life
Prunus virginiana at the Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation
Prunus virginiana on the USDA Forest Service's Fire Effects Information Database
Prunus virginiana on CalPhotos
Prunus virginiana description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.