Common Chokecherry is a small fast growing tree with sharp, finely toothed leaves that are duller green than the black cherry. An identification tool is to scrape the bark; the common chokecherry reveals a strong cherry order. A mature tree can reach heights of 20-30'. Common chokecherry is shade tolerant, grows in a variety of soils and is tolerant of drought
Wildlife Food & Cover: Excellent food-nectar, insects, fruits, buds, twigs, foliage. Good cover-nesting, perching, and loafing.
Flowers: White fragrant in spring
Fruit: Dark purple drupe, tart, edible July-Aug.
Ecosystem: Oak Savanna, Dry Oak Forest, Mesic (Moist) Oak Forest
Scientific Name: Prunus virginiana
Product Size at Purchase: 12-18"
Product Size at Maturity: 20-30'
Other: Fruits may be used for jams and jellies.