Prunus virginiana, Common Chokecherry, Pacific Northwest Native Plants, Oregon Native Shrubs, Sparrowhawk Native Plants
Prunus virginiana, Common Chokecherry, Pacific Northwest Native Plants, Oregon Native Shrubs, Sparrowhawk Native Plants

Common Chokecherry

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Prunus virginiana

  • Size at maturity: 12-30' tall, 15-20' wide
  • Canopy layer: small tree
  • Light requirements: full sun, part-sun/part-shade
  • Moisture requirements: moist to wet soil
  • Growth rate: medium
  • Special features: medicinal, wildlife favorite

The Common Chokecherry is found in many parts of North America in various forms. In the spring it produces 3–5” long clusters of showy white flowers. The edible fruits are dark purple or black, and are very sour. They may be used for jam or wine. Bear, birds and small animals also eat the fruits, and deer and elk graze on the young foliage. (Portland Plant List, 2016)

Photo Credit 1: "Prunus virginiana" by Matt Lavin is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Photo Credit 2: "Prunus virginiana" by leighannemcc is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0