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Prunus virginiana

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Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana) at Wagner Nursery & Landscape

Chokecherry

Chokecherry

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Chokecherry (Prunus virginiana) at Wagner Nursery & Landscape

Chokecherry fruit

Chokecherry fruit

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  25 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  2

Other Names:  Common Chokecherry

Description:

A small native tree with very attractive racemes of white flowers in spring followed by small, astringent black cherries that make a delicious preserve or syrup, good fall color; tends to sucker, may be susceptible to black knot

Ornamental Features

Chokecherry features showy chains of fragrant white flowers hanging below the branches in mid spring. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The oval leaves turn yellow in fall. The fruits are showy deep purple drupes with black overtones, which are displayed in mid summer.

This plant is primarily grown as an ornamental, but it's also valued for its edible qualities. The small round sour fruit is most often used in the following ways:

  • Preserves
  • Wine-Making

Landscape Attributes

Chokecherry is a deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a high maintenance tree that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Suckering
  • Disease

Chokecherry is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Orchard/Edible Landscaping

Planting & Growing

Chokecherry will grow to be about 25 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more. This is a self-pollinating variety, so it doesn't require a second plant nearby to set fruit.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is native to parts of North America.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Shade  Naturalizing  Orchard 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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