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Prunus virginiana

Prunus virginiana L.

 

Common Chokecherry, Chokecherry

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderRosalesRose family and eight others
FamilyRosaceaeIncludes apples, apricots, plums, cherries, peaches, pears, raspberries, strawberries, almonds, roses, meadowsweets, photinias, firethorns, rowans, and hawthorns; many others
GenusPrunusIncludes plums, cherries, peaches, apricots, and almonds
Speciesvirginiana“From Virginia”

About plant names...

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:

 

Prunus virginiana (Common Chokecherry, Chokecherry)

7/20/2012 · J. Harry Rich Dirt Road, Groton, MA
≈ 7 × 4½" (17 × 11 cm)

Prunus virginiana (Common Chokecherry, Chokecherry)

8/5/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, East Pepperell, MA
≈ 4½ × 7" (11 × 17 cm)

 
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Prunus virginiana
Common Name

Red Chokeberry

Common Chokecherry
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
Range/ Zones

USDA Zones: 4-9

Habitats Wet woods, swamps Moist woods; stream banks; prairie hillsides; fence rows; rocky bluffs; roadsides
Type Wild Wild

 

Prunus virginiana (Common Chokecherry, Chokecherry)

From the USDA Plants Database.

Online References:

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 (Common Chokecherry, Chokecherry)

5/16/2010 · By Constance B. Kent

Prunus virginiana (Common Chokecherry, Chokecherry)

4/25/2012 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton, Groton, MA
≈ 4 × 6" (10 × 15 cm)

Prunus virginiana (Common Chokecherry, Chokecherry)

8/13/2017 · Burges Pond, Westford, MA
≈ 4 × 6" (10 × 15 cm)

Prunus virginiana (Common Chokecherry, Chokecherry)

8/13/2017 · Burges Pond, Westford, MA
≈ 4½ × 7" (12 × 18 cm)

Prunus virginiana description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 14 Aug 2017.

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Prunus virginiana (Common Chokecherry, Chokecherry)

7/20/2012 · J. Harry Rich Dirt Road, Groton, MA
≈ 6 × 4" (15 × 10 cm)

Prunus virginiana (Common Chokecherry, Chokecherry)

6/29/2006 · By Sheri Hagwood @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

Prunus virginiana (Common Chokecherry, Chokecherry)

8/13/2017 · Burges Pond, Westford, MA
≈ 10 × 6" (24 × 16 cm)

Prunus virginiana (Common Chokecherry, Chokecherry)

7/20/2012 · J. Harry Rich Dirt Road, Groton, MA
≈ 6 × 9" (15 × 23 cm)

Prunus virginiana (Common Chokecherry, Chokecherry)

6/1/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 5 × 8" (13 × 19 cm)

Prunus virginiana (Common Chokecherry, Chokecherry)

7/20/2012 · J. Harry Rich Dirt Road, Groton, MA
≈ 6 × 4" (15 × 10 cm)

Prunus virginiana (Common Chokecherry, Chokecherry)

6/26/2010 · Nashua River Rail Trail, Groton Center, Groton, MA
≈ 14 × 9" (35 × 23 cm)

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