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  • Appearance: Chokecherry typically grows as a shrub but can occasionally reach tree-like heights of up to 30 feet (9 meters). It has simple, elliptical to lance-shaped leaves with finely serrated margins. The leaves are dark green and turn yellow to reddish-purple in the fall. In the spring, it produces clusters of small, white flowers that are pollinated by bees and other insects.

  • Fruit: Chokecherry is best known for its small, round fruit, which starts green and ripens to a deep purplish-black. The fruit is small, about 1/4 to 1/2 inch (6 to 13 mm) in diameter, and is initially tart and astringent. It is edible but is usually too bitter to be eaten fresh. However, it is commonly used in making jams, jellies, syrups, and pies.

  • Habitat: Chokecherry is a hardy and adaptable species that can be found in a variety of habitats, including woodlands, meadows, and along roadsides. It is often found in disturbed areas and can form dense thickets.

  • Wildlife Value: The fruit of chokecherry is an important food source for various wildlife species. Birds, such as robins, grosbeaks, and thrushes, as well as mammals like bears, raccoons, and deer, feed on the fruit. The plant also provides cover and nesting sites for birds.

  • Cultural Uses: Indigenous peoples have long used chokecherry for various purposes. They made teas, beverages, and pemmican from the fruit and used the bark for medicinal and ceremonial purposes. Early European settlers also used chokecherry for making preserves and flavorings.

  • Toxicity: It's important to note that while the fruit is edible when cooked or processed, chokecherry seeds and leaves contain cyanogenic glycosides, which can release toxic hydrogen cyanide when ingested in large quantities. Therefore, it's essential to prepare chokecherry fruit properly to ensure it is safe to consume.

  • Landscaping: Chokecherry is sometimes used in landscaping for its spring flowers and fall color. It can also be utilized in wildlife gardens to attract birds and butterflies.
  • SPREAD 5-6 M
  • HEIGHT 6-7 M

Care Instructions

Different plants have different watering needs. Check the soil moisture by inserting your finger about an inch into the soil. If it feels dry, water the plant until the water drains from the bottom of the pot. Avoid overwatering, as it can lead to root rot.

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