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Species: Prunus virginiana

(prue'nus ver-jin-i-ay'nah)

Prunus virginiana

Chokecherry

Found on Course Walks

Rosaceous & Flowering Trees

Map of plant locations

(Plant location data may be incomplete)

In Collection(s):

Recommended Urban Trees Collection
Tree Identification Guide

Cultivars

All varieties produce, fruit which is very astringent, hence the common name. Fruit may be used in sauces, jellies and preserves, however. Fruits are very attractive to wildlife.

'Bailey Select', 'Boughen's Chokeless', 'Canada Red', 'Copper Schubert', 'Mini-Schubert', 'Purple Jewel', 'Robert', 'Schubert'

Ornamental Characteristics

Tree < 30 feet

20' - 35' (spread 18' - 25')

Deciduous

small tree or large shrub; oval-rounded crown

Environmental Characteristics

Full sun

3a

Can tolerate acid to alkaline soil (pH 5.0 to 8.0)

Consistently moist, well-drained soil; Occasional periods of dry soil
See graphic below

Insect Disease

VERY SUSCEPTIBLE to eastern tent caterpillar and black knot fungus. In areas where these are a problem, this plant shouldn't be used.

Bare Root Transplanting

Easy

Other

native to Canada and northern U.S.; suckers heavily

Moisture Tolerance Graphic

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Moisture Tolerance

Moisture graphic
Occasionally saturated or very wet soil
Consistently moist, well-drained soil
Occasional periods of dry soil
Prolonged periods of dry soil
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