Growing to heights that categorize it as a large shrub to small tree, Chokecherry is extremely shade tolerant and excellent for understory plantings. Prefers rich medium to moist soil, but will tolerate well drained conditions and full sun as well. Fragrant white cup shaped flowers precede clusters of dark peasized berries. Tart when raw, the berries can be used in jams and jellies, and are very popular to a variety of wildlife. Autumn foliage turns golden yellow to orange.
Plants in the genus Prunus
are remarkable for their value to wildlife. They rank 3rd in the number of Lepidoptera (butterflies & moths) that are supported on the foliage. This includes five species of butterflies such as tiger swallowtail and red-spotted purple, and 10 species of giant silk moths such as cecropia moth, plyphemus moth, imperial moth and io moth (Source: "Bringing Nature Home" by Doug Tallamy)
The aromatic showy flower clusters of cylindrical racemes, 3 to 6 inches long, are very popular with early pollinators. The flowers of prunus virginiana are somewhat self-fertile, which means that a single shrub will produce some fruit, but not as abundantly. Fruit production increases when 2 - 3 of the shrubs are present.
Also Known as: Virginia Bird Cherry* Every state has agricultural regulations that restrict the shipment of certain plants. We cannot ship this item to the following states: Oregon, Utah, Washington