CHOKECHERRY - PRUNUS VIRGINIANA

chokecherry fruit

Common Name: chokecherry

Scientific Name: 
Family:
Rosaceae
Genus: Prunus
Species: virginiana

Hardiness Zone: 2 to 7
Height: 20 to 30 ft
Width: 15 to 20 ft

Description:​ ​The chokecherry is a Minnesota native found from forests to prairie edges. Flowering in the spring, and producing an edible drupe in the summer, it is an important species for wildlife, and can be used for making jellies, jams, and wine. The cultivated 'Canada Red' or 'Shubert' can be seen on the landscape in the urban environment, or hybridized into natural areas. These cultivars have a deep red or purple color to their foliage. 

It can create dense thickets because of root sucker. It is highly susceptible to the fungal disease, black knot. Chokecherry trees tend to have issues when planted on the boulevard. They can produce copious amounts of suckers, have witches brooms and can be short lived.

chokecherry-bark
chokecherry-bud
chokecherry-foliage
chokecherry flowers
chokecherry fruit

 

 

 

 

 

 

References: 
​Minnesota Wildflowers. Found online: https://www.minnesotawildflowers.info/tree/chokecherry