Prunus virginiana – Chokecherry
The excellent cherries it produces can be harvested in late summer. Edible and often used for jams, jellies, pies, sauces and wines.
Attracts butterflies, birds and bees. Drought and pollution tolerant.
Height : 10-30 feet Spread : 15-25 feet
Light : Full sun to shade Water : Dry to moist
Soil : Sand, loam, clay Zone : 2-8
Leaves : Leaves are dark green above, grayish green beneath. Great fall color with shades of golden yellow to orange
Stem : Smooth gray bark, not showy
Flower : Yellow, green-brown in dense upright clusters 3”-6” long in May-June.
Fruit : Produces cherries that start red and turn dark purple
Habit : Slow growing, small suckering tree or large shrub with crooked branches and slender twigs forming an oval-rounded crown
Key Pollinators : Mining bees
Pollinator Food Source: Nectar
Larval Host Plant : Tiger swallowtail, hairstreaks, admirals and other butterfly species. Also a host for clearwing moth species.