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Scientific Name:

Prunus virginiana


Chokecherry is a deciduous shrub or small tree with clusters of white flowers in spring, followed by dark purple to black berries. The berries are edible but have a tart taste and are commonly used in jams, jellies, and sauces. Chokecherry provides food for wildlife.


Open woodlands, stream banks, roadsides, disturbed areas


Chokecherry provides habitat and food for a variety of wildlife species, including birds and mammals. The berries are consumed by many wildlife species, and the shrub also provides cover and nesting sites for birds.

Growing Conditions:

Chokecherry can tolerate a wide range of soil conditions and prefers full sun.


Chokecherry fruits can be used to make jams, jellies, and syrups. The wood of the tree has been used in woodworking and the creation of traditional crafts.

(please exercise caution and consult additional sources or experts before consuming any vegetation):

Fruits (chokecherries) can be eaten raw or used in cooking

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Fun Facts:

Chokecherry is native to North America and has cultural significance for various Native American tribes.

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