Chokecherry

Prunus virginiana

Chokecherry - Prunus virginiana - is a large, highly adaptable native shrub that tolerates a wide range of soil and light conditions. Typically reaching 20 feet high with an irregular rounded-oval crown …

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Plants 1 Gallon Pot
1+ $29.99 ea.
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SKU
97290-GL
Cultural Details
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil Moisture Dry, Medium, Moist
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial, Shade
Height 12' - 30'
Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Apr, May, June
Spacing 15' - 20'
Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Root Type Rhizome
Benefits Birds, Pollinators, Host Plant

Chokecherry - Prunus virginiana - is a large, highly adaptable native shrub that tolerates a wide range of soil and light conditions. Typically reaching 20 feet high with an irregular rounded-oval crown, Chokecherry produces a profusion of cylindrical white flowers in the spring. The flowers give way to a bounty of dark red berries in the summer, which attract plenty of birds.

Remarkable for their value to wildlife, shrubs and trees in the genus Prunus rank third in the number of Lepidoptera 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, Polyphemus moth, imperial moth and io moth. The aromatic flower clusters are very popular with early pollinators. Autumn foliage turns golden yellow to orange.

Planting and Cultivation Notes
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.